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Today we're off to Iowa, land of hogs and corn, two big universities and many small universities. My oldest daughter is a sophomore in high school and her younger sister is in 8th grade. Is it too early to look at colleges? Not when you're on spring break, you're doing home remodeling ($) and your husband has to work.
A three-day road trip fits the bill!
Last year we went to Ann Arbor to visit the University of Michigan. I'd always wanted to go there as a kid, but I went to school closer to home. (GO NIU HUSKIES!) We wandered the campus and the downtown area. It was fun to say we'd been there, so our goal for the next year is to unofficially visit a bunch of
colleges in the Midwest, taking our time, and getting a feel for each campus.
If you ask my oldest daughter what she's looking for in a college, she would say that she'd like a big school with great football & basketball teams, lots of different majors, a cool marching band and a girls' lacrosse team. Don't ask her what she wants to major in. It makes her stressed - she's my child who likes to plan out everything, and she doesn't know what she's exactly interested in yet. I'm fine with that - we have time!
If you ask my younger daughter what she's looking for in a college, she would say that she'd like to go to a small school where she can dance, design clothes, go shopping when she's bored (the reality of being broke in college hasn't sunk in), and meet lots of people. Can you tell she's 13? It's all about the social life!
So, today we're heading toward Iowa State University (my sister- and brother-in-law are alums) and Drake University. Tomorrow we visit the University of Iowa, then head to my friend's in the Quad Cities for a visit. We hope it's a fun trip!