Wednesday, July 6, 2011
As soon as breakfast ended, we went to Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. A beautifully structured campus full of trees and brick buildings greeted my cohorts and me. Not only was I attracted to its homey campus, but I was glad to find out that it had an average of 27 students per class. There’s a state-of-the-art gym that includes an indoor track and rock climbing as well as yoga and cycling classes and dance classes. I was extremely ecstatic to find out that Martin Luther King, Jr. received his PHD in Theology at Boston University. This college also has a great program for studying abroad, which is what further pushed me to apply to the University. This college was an amazing start to a series of college tours.
After Boston University, we went to Dartmouth College, which is located in the tiny town of Hanover, New Hampshire. Unlike the urban campus of Boston University, Dartmouth College, the smallest of the Ivy League colleges, was located in a small town where the local stores were conveniently located right next to, if not inside, the college. The college was established in 1769 as a way to educate Native Americans. Dartmouth College focuses on undergraduates, which surprised me, because I thought such a prestigious college would only pay attention to graduate students.
We came back from Dartmouth at 7:00 PM and took about 30 minutes to get ready for a dinner with the Brown session 1 cohorts. We met up with them at Johnny Rockets and what a glorious reunion it was! Seeing our friends who went through the Summer@Brown program and the excitement in their faces as they shared their experiences with us was so much fun. The bond created between the two sessions of Brown summer scholars was a valuable gift that I deeply appreciate. We’ll have the opportunity to see them again tomorrow if we can attend the college fair held at Brown University.
Boston University, while not originally on our itinerary, turned out to be an extremely enjoyable place. It was about a one hour drive to Boston, and it was on the way to Dartmouth so it was very convenient. The campus seemed quite cozy and all of the buildings were right next to each other without being cramped in any way. A couple especially appealing facts about BU were the four years guaranteed housing and urban location. Boston seems like a wonderful city, bustling with life yet not overwhelming. Our tour guide, Anna, did a commendable job in selling her school to us. I had a lot of fun on our campus tour and I learned a lot about BU.
A dorm room at BU
A beautiful building on the BU campus
We then headed to Hanover for a tour of Dartmouth. Ava, Rebecca, Caroline, and I prepared for a long, two and a half hour car ride. I was attempting to catch up on some sleep, but I was rudely jolted awake by wild swerving and honking. A truck driver had nearly run us off the road! Luckily, Ms. Larson’s mad driving skills kept us on course. :) Without any more excitement, we arrived safely in Hanover.
At the Canoe Club, we met with John Beck, a Dartmouth alum and admissions officer, and Clark, a rising junior at Dartmouth. They were kind enough to answer all of our questions about student life and the admissions process. After lunch, Clark took us on a tour of the campus. I had no problems with the idea of secluded, small town life (Hanover has a population of approximately 11,000), but was unsure if I liked or disliked the unique Dartmouth quarter schedule. I did love the Dartmouth landscape–massive brick buildings, wide green lawns, and the gorgeous surrounding forests.
Everyone takes a brief rest
The oldest building on campus
At the end of our tour, we said goodbye to Clark and prepared for the long ride home.
When I wasn’t dozing in the backseat, I passed the time by staring out of the windows and admiring the East Coast scenery. I continue to be amazed by all of the beauty here. I knew that I would love the profusion of forests and greenery, but I hadn’t expected to fall in love with the beautiful brownstone buildings. Because of the earthquake risks, California lacks the brick structures that seem so typical in classic East Coast architecture.
Instead of a fancy dinner, tonight we met with our buddies from Brown Session I and they gave us advice about life at Brown. After our discussion, I am much more excited to enter dorm life and I find that I’m sad that we’re only staying for a two week program.
Lastly, I need to announce something very important: Today was my friend Josie's birthday! Happy 17th Josie! I hope today was everything you could hope for
Because of jet lag, my hotel roommates and I went to bed around 2AM but had to wake up at 6AM. We met for breakfast at the hotel. After eating a delicious breakfast, we set out to Boston to visit Boston University. Anna, a rising junior, gave us a tour of the campus and went into great detail of campus life and activities. One in particular made me homesick- closing your eyes and the roar of the cars sounded like waves on a beach.
The tour allowed us to see into the dorms and get a preview of college life in general. It was eerie walking down “Comm. Ave.”, the main street for students at Boston University, and thinking ‘I’ll be doing this in little over a year from now’. As someone who was interested in the school before the tour, I was excited to get an inside look. Anna took us into the various buildings and libraries to see what BU was passionate about, which included a numerous amount of historical documents and artifacts, such as handwritten letters from Dr. Martin Luther King.
Since the tour ran a little late, we booked on out after thanking Anna. We headed out to a bistro called Canoe Club in New Hampshire, where we met Dartmouth’s Admission’s Officer, John, and a rising junior, Clark. They answered out questions and described their academics while we had lunch. Afterward, we walked the short block to the college where Clark gave us a tour. Although we did not get to see the dorms, I was very impressed with what they offered. Then Clark took us back to our cars, where we headed back to Providence.
At the hotel, we quickly changed into fresh clothes and walked up to Johnny Rockets for dinner and met with Brown Group 1. Group 1 already ate so we chowed down while they described their experience in an Ivy League school. Since it was Josephine Biteng’s birthday, ice cream was passed out and we all sang her Happy Birthday. Then we intermingled and talked about curfews and R.A.s as well as specific experiences Group 1 had during the few weeks they were in class.
We walked Group 1 back to their dorms, then walked back to the hotel where we had a talk with our chaperone, Ms. Williams. Then we started in on our blogs, which we got to do in our cozy hotel rooms instead of the chilly lobby once we discovered the hotel’s wifi. At the end of the day, I was really affected by our campus tours and l love the precious opportunity given to us.