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College Road Trip

I don't want this trip to end, I don't want my son to leave for college next year.

There's nothing like getting in the car with your high school senior (and his two younger brothers) and hitting the road to check out colleges. Take out the road map (i.e., program GPS), crank the radio (i.e., plug in ipod) and off we go for a spin through New England in October. Does it get any better than this? Leaves are changing color, an autumn chill is in the air and we take the scenic route any chance we get.

We stop in Amherst and Northampton, two picture perfect New England towns that are home to a couple of equally pretty college campuses. We get out and stretch our legs. I get a coffee and the boys get a snack before our scheduled tours.

We take our college tour walking across campus, leaves rustling under our feet, the faint smell of wood burning somewhere out there among the red brick buildings that surround us. I feel like we're walking through history, through colonial times. Our college tour guides are two sophomores and they're funny and animated and we happily follow behind them with the rest of our group asking quesions along the way.  After the hour-long Q & A session and tour we get lunch, jump back in the car and head off for Boston where we'll spend the night and hit a handful more schools the following day. 

I don't want this trip to end, I don't want my son to leave for college next year.  I just want to keep on driving and touring schools and laughing and singing in the car with my boys.

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Heather Eaton-Dwyer October 12, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Why not consider one of our excellent Colleges or Universities in NJ, then?
Montclairvoyant October 12, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Because change is good!
Edward Hotel October 13, 2011 at 03:41 PM
OK, Princeton ..and .. and ... I guess that is it. ext stop New England.
Justin Mannato October 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM
My daughter "graduates" from pre-K in spring and I anticipate my wife and I will be a mess. Pre-K. So I know a fraction of what you're feeling. Good luck! Keep us posted.
Grier October 14, 2011 at 07:16 PM
It is a great feeling. My daughter graduated from WOHS last year and I tried to get her to New England b/c I love it. Of course she didn't and decided to go Penn. Good luck! It's an emotional journey.
NKatie October 15, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I'm in the same boat with my senior-daughter this year and will really miss her next year. She also wants to get out of state. I've enjoyed 'touring' other schools. Almost wish I were 18 again - some of those colleges look a lot different than they did when I went to school.

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