Campus Tours

Annenberg Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Annenberg Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

A few years ago, when our nieces were still in the midst of their middle school angst, we made a promise that when the time came to choose the right university, we would be happy to accompany them through the selection process.  They left the comfort of the familiar warm summer of Manila to be pummeled with winter winds and icy temperatures that worm their way up your sleeves, numb your ears, and make your nose run like broken taps.  We figured they might as well get a taste of the New England weather at the cusp between winter and spring.

We used our sister-in-law’s place in Chappaqua, New York, as our home base. We left before dawn and made our way to Cambridge, MA, where we wanted to start the journey. We would tour however many universities Boston and its environs has cradled for many a school term.

The Van Wickle Gates, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

The Van Wickle Gates, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Walking around and listening to prospective students and their parents’ comments and questions brought me back to those years when we went through these familiar paths.  That was about 8 years ago now. How time has flown. All this reminded me of birds prodding their offspring to the edge of a tree branch so they would learn to spread their wings and fly.

We visited quite a few storied institutions. Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Brown, Yale, and NYU. After the weekend, we will make our way again for a few more. Then we will head westward for the likes of Stanford, Cal, and Pomona.

I remember the pendulum swings between encouragement and parental protective tendencies. In the end, we chose to help with opening the doors and letting our child soar.

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5 Responses to Campus Tours

  1. reality_is_never_perfect says:

    I just finished my senior year and I can definitely empathize with the complexities of having to choose universities. Best of luck to your nieces!

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  2. how lucky your nieces are to have you with them. i think one of the biggest surprises of motherhood is that we are unselfish enough to encourage them to go and to do so with joy in our hearts.

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  3. Writerlious says:

    This will be such a fun journey. I can’t wait until my little girl gets to that point. It will be scary….but exciting too. 🙂

    The Brown gates are gorgeous!

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  4. Truly an inspiration to read your stories. One day, I too will walk a similar road with my son when he gets to that age. This is so true, “I remember the pendulum swings between encouragement and parental protective tendencies. In the end, we chose to help with opening the doors and letting our child soar.” My parents did the same for me and my sisters and everyday I thank God for having the most loving , supportive parents around.

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