(Raffi & Emily at Starbucks in Hyde Park. The tea there was excellent, and the barista was so fun!)
As I mentioned yesterday, we spent most of Spring Break shopping for colleges. As hard as it is to believe, my oldest, Emily, is going to be heading off to college in a year and a half. Yeesh! I have no idea how that happened! Emily is one smart cookie, and she works incredibly hard. Because of that, she has the luxury of choosing from pretty much any college she wants to attend. Since we were spending the week in Chicago with my side of the family, we decided to check out some Illinois colleges. Emily set up one appointment for each day. John would load us up, drive us to a campus, and drop us at a Starbucks while he found a parking spot. It worked out perfectly! : )
First up: University of Chicago.
The University of Chicago is a small, highly selective university located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. We all thought the campus was completely lovely. The admissions presentation took place in one of their old buildings right on the quad. The woman who gave the admissions presentation was super-impressive. Our tour guide was nice, but the groups were HUGE, so it was hard to hear some of what she was saying. I thought the overall tone of University of Chicago was "serious". I could definitely see Emily there for med school.
School #2: Northwestern:
(Raffi, Emily, & Maddie at the Starbucks in Evanston.)Northwestern is a small Big Ten University located 12 miles north of Chicago in the suburb of Evanston, Illinois. Holy cow! We all loved Northwestern!! The campus is lovely, and it's located right on Lake Michigan. Our tour guide, Katherine, was definitely impressive. She completely sold us on Northwestern. As of right now, it's Emily's first choice.
(Raffi & Emily at the Starbucks inside of the local Dominick's.)
Of the four schools we toured last week, the only one Emily isn't interested in at all is Loyola. We went to Loyola not knowing much about it and discovered the admissions standards are a little lower than Emily is looking for. On the plus side, the campus is even more on Lake Michigan than Northwestern. Gosh! It was so pretty there!
Maddie really liked the feel of Loyola--she loved that it was built right into the city. Maybe she'll end up there one day!
Day 4: University of Illinois
Okay, okay. I know Emily didn't really need to do a campus visit at Illinois (John & I both graduated from there, and she's been on campus dozens of times already), but I really wanted her to do an official visit, so we headed down to Champaign on Thursday.