Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Among the five Claremont Colleges ("5C's"), Pomona sticks steadfastly to its identity as the "thinking" campus.  On our tour, the guide even poked fun at neighboring Claremont McKenna, where students focus on "doing rather than thinking."  Walking around campus and talking to students, you get the feeling that they derive joy from learning.  One of my … Continue reading Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Follow me and my daughter on a California college tour!

My youngest daughter and I leave this Sunday for an eight-day/eight-college California trip—first stop Los Angeles!  In addition to visiting colleges, we will be doing all kinds of fun things, like touring a chocolate factory and taking a ferry from San Francisco to Berkeley.  Best of all, we will get to see wonderful people from … Continue reading Follow me and my daughter on a California college tour!

A tale of two visits: Swarthmore College and McGill University

Two college visits that I made this year seemed like a study in contrasts.  In February, I visited Swarthmore College, in leafy, quiet Swarthmore, Pennsylvania – a suburb of Philadelphia.  In April, I visited McGill University in Montreal, a bustling, cosmopolitan, and bilingual city in Quebec Province in Canada.  I love both schools for different … Continue reading A tale of two visits: Swarthmore College and McGill University

Making the most of the campus tour

The college trip that you and your child take together will likely include a formal tour and a group information session in the admissions office.  Formal tours give you a glimpse of campus layout and resources, such as libraries, labs, and athletic complexes.  They allow you to gauge how your child would get around campus, … Continue reading Making the most of the campus tour