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Well, it happened to us, and it was an amazing thing! We visited UPITT over the weekend, and everything just seemed to fall into place. We had a great trip on a beautiful fall day, got to our hotel (Holiday Inn Select-right in the middle of everything, a great rate and free parking) and our room was actually ready early. Parked and explored the campus, ate at Fuel and Fuddle (I recommend it), wandered around. Went down to the SHadyside area and did a lot of window shopping and ate again, at a really wonderful Italian restaurant that I highly recommend (Girasole at 733 Copeland). D was already feeling great about Pitt.
Monday we had an info session, tour, honors college appointment, and engineering tour and info sessions. It was during the honors college session that things really fell into place. Dean Stewart of the Honors College came in and sat informally with about 10 students and their parents, and just started talking about this philosophy on education and "smart" students. It was when he said that he doesn't want smart kids, he wants smart and curious kids in his program that my D started sitting up a little straighter. He went on to talk about his Caltech PhD in Physics, and the fact that he still teaches Intro to Physics, and his theories on teaching in general. He is truly an engaging and interesting man. I said to myself as we listened that this was the place for my D. And sure enough, as soon as we left she said, Mom, this is the place for me, this is my new home, this is the rest of my life. And I had to hold the tears back because I know she's right, I felt it myself. It was truly an amazing day.
Now we just need an acceptance and some merit money and we'll be all set! If only that part was as easy.....