This week my husband and I took our eldest to visit Drake University – I am typing this up on our way home. They had a fully scheduled day, packed with tours, lectures, Q&A sessions – even during lunch! I’m struck by several things –
- Drake is a small school – 7000 students including their law and graduate programs. After attending the University of Illinois, this was a pretty dramatic change for me. Seriously – classes five minutes from your dorm? What is that all about? I am sure I walked at least 3-4 miles a day in Champaign. That said, this was decidedly a college campus. It never occurred to me to look at schools this small when I was in high school, but it is clearly a great size for many kids. (There is a nutritionist on staff who came out to talk to Joel and gave him her card! That would NEVER happen at a Big 10!)
- There was a serious focus on internship opportunities, study abroad and knowing the administration. I can absolutely believe all of those things enrich the college experience and better prepare students for success in our increasingly global economy. I’m glad that schools are offering these opportunities to their students – I think it is good for all of us.
- I don’t feel old enough to have a college student. College was over 20 years ago, and yet in so many ways feels like yesterday. I’ll be honest – being in touch with so many of my friends from high school and college goes a long way toward keeping that feeling alive.
There is something very special about the friends you make in your late teens and early twenties – we are all changing so dramatically as we morph from children into adults. Those folks who take that journey with you can make a very profound difference in your life. I feel very lucky to have been able to maintain friendships with so many of you – including those folks I just get to connect with on Facebook. Thanks for sticking with me.