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College Decision Time!

The purpose for my family’s recent big road trip was to visit colleges. Since the decision deadline is fast approaching, now is probably a good time to share the details of the college tours we attended.

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Over all, our son applied to eight universities.  His first choice from the start was San Diego State University.  San Diego State was the first college he visited and was seriously considering.  Lucky for us, our son decided early on what he wanted to focus his studies on and he determined his major before we began the search.  He carefully considered schools based on the programs they offered in his field, as well as location and what his friends showed interest in! He had a lot of support from his school and especially his counselors.

We were mainly interested in the Engineering Departments of these schools, with a focus on Construction, Civil, and/or Architectural Engineering.  We visited the following universities and attended their regular admissions tours:

San Diego State University

University of San Diego

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of New Mexico

Here are the photos from our favorites:

Colorado State University at Fort Collins

It is difficult to decide on a university to attend based on how it looks on their website, or on paper, or even based solely on a recommendation.  Every school is different and has its unique qualities.  Just like the students!  I think it is important that each student has the opportunity to visit as many colleges as possible, even before they are in high school, so they can get a feel for the place. It’s a good way to start imagining what college life is like.  If you can dream it, you can make it happen!

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of New Mexico at Albuquerque

After being accepted to five universities, my son decided on Cal Poly, SLO.  He liked it instantly when he arrived there for the tour.  It is a beautiful campus and it is a reputable school for architectural engineering.  He was honored to be accepted because he had been told how difficult it is to get in. It’s affordable within reason, and it is not too far away from home. But more than anything, he felt comfortable there and that is the most important thing.

California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo

I am happy to give you my opinion of each school based on what I experienced.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Do you want to find out what happens next?  The Six States in Seven Days Road Trip Saga continues in my next post:  5 Stops in a Culinary Adventure where I highlight some of the restaurants that I visited in on the road trip through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

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I love Instagram!  I feel really connected with people when I know they are following my adventures.  With Instagram I can post a picture, improve the way it looks by adding a filter and a frame, write a caption, include a hashtag, share it instantly on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr, and even check in via Foursquare.

New Mexico
New Mexico

On my recent Spring Break Vacation, I asked my friends to follow me on Instagram @mizmelissa for daily updates.  I went on a road trip with my family and we made lots of stops.  We drove over 2500 miles in one week.  We drove through beautiful terrain and I saw some of the most exquisite views of the sky that I have ever seen.  All the pictures I took were with my iPhone and mostly through the window of the passenger seat! I think my pics came out pretty good and I enjoyed sharing them!

I called my trip Six States in Seven Days and I will chronicle my travels in my next few posts.  The trip was amazing for many reasons.  It was a great break from routine and get away with my family.  I planned meet ups with family and friends that I haven’t seen in years.  The main objective and reason for the trip was to visit the universities that my son had been accepted to and help him make a decision on where to attend in the Fall.  It was probably the last family road trip vacation I take with my three sons.  This vacation was also a great way to test my social media skills and have an adventure!

If you want to see the 25 pictures that I posted on Instagram during my trip either click  HERE and see them on my Instagram page, or you can search for the hashtag #mizmeliz. If you like what you see, I hope you follow me to see more fun and gorgeous photos. Let me know your Instagram name so I can follow you!

Here are a few of my favorites: