We headed off to the University of Rochester early this morning leaving our Sheraton Hotel at about 8am. We left without eating thinking we would have enough time to eat once we were on campus, we were wrong. Our tour started shortly after our arrival, so we had no choice but to skip out on breakfast and wait until lunch at the Dinosaur BBQ. The tour was exceptionally helpful. University of Rochester is already a school on my exploratory college list, so actually having the opportunity to see the campus, to walk around, and to get more information on all of the programs was incredible. I learned more about the Take 5 program where you can actually study for another year free of tuition as long as it’s a field outside of your major, and a program called KEYS, where you can get an MBA in 5 years instead of 6, offered for many different majors on campus. Unfortunately, our tour took a little longer than expected, so we had to cancel our ticket reservations at the Erie Canal because we wouldn’t be able to make it on time. It was already 1pm and we were supposed to be in a small town 20 minutes away from Rochester by 2pm.
We had lunch with one of the admissions counselors from University of Rochester. She was great, she has been in school for a great deal of time and she’s still continuing to get a Masters in school counseling.
After lunch we went to the Susan B. Anthony house. I learned that “Failure is impossible.” A statement from Susan herself, given at her last speech before her death. Even though the tour was long, and we were all tired from standing around all day, I learned a lot. I’m inspired. And we also were able to get some cute pictures at the park, with Susan and Frederick Douglass.
Immediately following the tour we made our way to the Syracuse Airport in order to trade in our rental cars from Connecticut for the rental cars we had reserved here originally. While Mr. Ramsey and Mrs. Kaplan were taking care of the cars, were left to go exploring. We found a play structure, and like the true children we are at heart, we started playing tag. It was actually really fun, it’s good to let go of the learning and the information every once in a while and just have fun.
We ended our day with dinner at Scotch N’ Sirloin Restaurant with a college admissions officer from Cornell, and a light swim back at the hotel. Now, I feel it. We’re leaving for Cornell tomorrow morning, and after talking with the admissions officer, and explaining to her what our class was going to be about and what we have to do in our class, I realized we really are leaving tomorrow. All of the work we’ve done so far is for this, for Cornell. And, there’s “no pressure” since at dinner we discussed how nobody’s ever received anything lower than a B for any Ivy League Connection program. It’s time to sleep again, I’m starting to wonder if we’ll ever fully make up for our sleep deprivation. I’m excited for Cornell tomorrow.