Throwback Thursday – College!

by Mary Ellen Eagan

I’m spending the week touring colleges with my daughter and spending a lot of time thinking about colleges, career choices, etc.   It’s interesting to see how things have changed since I did this nearly 35 years ago, and how much they really are the same.

Back then, I visited two campuses (well, actually only one, since I told my mother not to bother stopping at the second – I was decisive even then). Molly and I are visiting six schools on this trip, and she’s already looked at four others – and she’s considered typical (one of her friends is collecting water bottles from each school – now at 20!).

The focus of most of our tours seems to be on three things: (1) technology – “look, we have wireless throughout the quad”; (2) whether or not the bathrooms are shared; and (3) the blue lights (this one, I’m sure, is directed at the mothers). What I recall is: (1) everyone has a phone in their own room; (2) “the food isn’t bad, really” (actually, it wasn’t); and (3) there aren’t so many political demonstrations anymore (directed at the parents, I think). The parents still ask all the questions; the kids still roll their eyes.

What I’m hoping for Molly – as I’ve come to believe is true for most kids (having watched most of my siblings and friends precede me in this adventure) – is that she’ll end up where she belongs. She already got “the vibe” at a couple of places. Now we just need to focus on SATs and essay writing (those haven’t changed, either).

BTW, here’s my freshman dorm.

Lyon Hall, Cornell University

Lyon Hall, Cornell University

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