Those of you who live a long way away from Harvard and whose kid will be flying to Boston this fall: Do you buy a round-trip ticket and pick out the date the student will be coming home at Thanksgiving/Christmas, then buy a second round-trip ticket for the return-to-Boston part of that holiday trip and the student's next trip home? Or do you invest in one-way tickets? (Obviously I am pretty clueless about this.)
^^ I always bought separate one-way tickets for the trip to school in the fall and the trip back home in the spring. She could never know with enough certainty when her finals and year-end activities would be over to permit buying a round trip ticket. For Christmas break we bought a round trip ticket. For Thanksgiving she didn't come home.
We fly out of a city that, like Boston, is served by AirTran, which is a cut-rate carrier. All AirTran tickets are one-way, which makes it very convenient to buy a ticket to campus for Sept. and not have to worry about return dates until Nov. I believe that Spirit Airlines is similar.
guitars - Sorry, missed that great link you provided till just now. The rooms look inviting. I feel better. We are sort of lucky in that we have close family friends who live in Brookline. A good place for us to stay when we visit and for our D to go for a home cooked meal and back rub now and then.
Hi, I am a mom of an incoming freshman girl and just found this thread and just wanted to introduce myself. We live in Europe but are American and my daughter will be attending a pre-session for "international students" so I will probably be flying with her then hanging out getting things done till move in day. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what banks are close to campus, I would like to try and get that set up before we come. Also any thoughts on cell phones-best company coverage etc. Last time we were in the states Verizon was the way to go but be interested in hearing your views. Probably sound like silly questions but being over here it is a bit more difficult logistically and I feel a little out of touch. Thanks!
Welcome! Bank of America has the most ATMs. Local banks do a brisk business around orientation, getting students to open checking accounts, etc... so your D should have no trouble opening an account.
For cell phones, check which type is the most popular in your country. I've been traveling to Asia and found that T-mobile was most convenient for me. I just buy a sim-card and insert it in my phone, buying more minutes when the need arises. When I return, I re-insert my regular sim-card. It does mean that I have different numbers for different countries, which may be inconvenient. Others use pre-paid cards.
Our D got off the waitlist on Tuesday evening, and as we don't have anything in writing yet, can some of you experienced Harvard parents tell me about move-in weekend? If D chooses H over Duke, which she is leaning towards, when is the first night she can actually stay in her dorm? Also, does H plan any events for parents in conjuntion with move-in? Will the class of 2012 walk through any special gates, etc.??!! (Duke actually has scheduled events, including a tear-at-the-heartstrings convocation.) Any info. is much appreciated so that I can begin making plans...I know we are already a bit behind the 8 ball. Thanks, and if H is in D's future, I look forward to meeting all of you!