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Lindagaf Senior Member

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  • Re: Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

    Montreal is less than 2 hours away from Burlington, so that seems doable. Albany is maybe the best air option in terms of frequent domestic flights, but there is a small airpot in Burlington as well.

    @homerdog , if he isn't interested in bigger schools, don't worry. He has done a good thing, which is eliminating schools based on size. My D did look at Northeastern, mostly out of curiosity, and it was most definitely not for her. Unless he is expressing interest, I would just stick with what is appealing to him. He is looking at fantastic schools.
  • Re: Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

    I would say kids at both UVM and UNH seemed pretty relaxed and down to earth, with UVM having the edge in "down to earthness." We saw an abundance of kids at both schools wearing Birkenstocks, flip flops and school swag. I would say probably UNH had a few more preppy kids, but I would not describe the student body as preppy. As I said, I think there were similar students at both schools. The outdoorsy vibe was definitely more noticeable at UVM, whereas UNH felt a bit more "collegiate." But both gave very good impressions.
  • Re: Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

    Oh boy, I am so excited because I get to post two new college reports!!!

    University of Vermont: Stayed the same. I knew it was going to be great, and it was. Lots of lovely new buildings, and the campus, though there is a lot of construction (a good sign), is attractive. We picked the best day. Everyone seemed happy and relaxed. Kids everywhere, riding bikes, skateboarding, laying in the grass, working out, even lots studying in the library, despite amazing weather and their "students study the least" top 20 ranking:-) We had a tour with a friend's daughter who attends, which was nice. I thought it was perfect for my casual, outdoorsy son.

    The location is AMAZING! Burlington wins a prize for being the best college town I have ever seen. Wow! The lake is right there, skiing nearby, biking trails all over the place. What's not to love? There was a negative for my son though. He loves to work out and the gym facilities were really poor. Weird, unconnected rooms with chest-high doors (can anyone explain those weird, short doors?) no natural light, pretty ugly and just not good. For him, that might be enough to ruin it. He had never visited a college before (except for Bates, where sis goes) so he had no frame of reference to compare to. But he will most likely apply.

    University of New Hampshire: WOW! This has moved way, way up the list, from not having any idea about what to expect, to thinking this could possibly be his dream school. First, the campus is gorgeous. There was some building work going on, which again, is a good thing. We saw some beautiful facilities. We loved the woodsy section behind the student union. The business college was impressive. The admissions desk was soooo enthusiastic, and super knowledgable. My son was given a free lunch voucher, and he thought the food choices were good, though it was super busy when we ate and it was hard to find a table. The kids seemed quite similar to the kids we saw at UVM, though, IMO, it was noticeably less diverse than UVM, or seemed that way.

    For my son, this school has some major pluses. Great big new stadium and school spirit are important to him, so he loved seeing that as we drove in. The visitor parking lot is at the gym, so we went there first and....I am still scraping my jaw off the floor. Utterly beautiful and Heaven on earth for him. Shame they had just closed the outdoor heated pool for the season. The location is great, close to the beach and ski slopes. The Amtrak has a station on campus, and it's an hour to Boston or 90 minutes to Portland. Just amazing. The town seemed almost non-existent, but we didn't have time to explore beyond the street that extends from campus. A bit disappointing honestly, but I don't think that matters to my son.

    We then went up to my beloved Bates to visit my daughter for the afternoon, and while it is practically perfect in every way, it was a little weird to go from a school of 12,000 to one of 1800. It was also useful for my son to realize that he definitely wants a bigger campus. One thing I really love about Bates is that there truly is a mix of all kinds of students. I notice it every time I go there, and there is no one type of Batesie. As people are curious about dorms, we saw none at either UVM or UNH, but I have seen quite a few at Bates and they are generally pretty spacious. The newer dorms are just gorgeous, but the older ones are fine.

    We went to the downtown area in Lewiston for dinner, and the town is definitely revitalizing things. There are some warehouse developments, some cool new restaurants (Ben's Burritos, fantastic!), a new bookstore, a theater, nice public spaces, attractive plantings on street corners, a museum, and other positive developments. There are also some nice neighborhoods in Lewiston that we had never seen before. So while Lewiston is certainly not a rich town, it's good to see that there are civic improvements. We also saw quite a few placards in front yards for the upcoming election. Lewiston is really growing on me.
  • Re: Following my boyfriend to college

    I am suspecting this is a joke post, but I wish I had a dime for every student who says that they (as a couple) are far more mature than usual. What's your question, anyway? You realize that OOS tuition at a community college will still be expensive?
  • Re: Dreading College

    So you just get through it like a mature adult. I dread paying the bills, but it has to be done.