As I was planning my June-July vacations, I decided to begin investigating potential summer camps. While browsing through my many options, I saw a trend: most programmes I was interested in lasted over two weeks time. This would have been alright, had I not been planning college visits during that time too. I began to stress, seeing as I would not have much time to complete all of my plans during that month, so I resorted to a backup plan: complete my college visits now. This made much more sense, I would have time to see all of my prospective universities and then time to attend to the camp of my preference, but I knew that if I wanted my parents to approve, I would have to give them a detailed plan.
It all began with the investigation. I knew that my major would be something around the area of biology, so I started looking up the best colleges within that career. I found around 20 and then narrowed the list down. Since I had already visited universities in LA and Michigan, I wanted to target my trip more to the north-eastern side of the US. So I drew up a map and pinpointed the places I wanted to see. Since I knew that so many plane tickets would cost a lot, I researched trains that went from DC to Philadelphia to Manhattan and to Boston. We'd only have to travel from Lima to Chicago, from Indiana to NY and then from DC back to Lima. The plan was foolproof!
I told my parents the plan and my mom agreed to come with me. Not soon after, we began to plan our trip itinerary. Since we already had planned a previous college visit for my brother, we built on that experience and applied our knowledge. My mom proposed the great idea to rent a car to go from Illinois to Indiana, and I started searching for hotels that had a hertz in them. We decided to leave the 26th of January, to be returning somewhere around the sixth. In total we would visit 11 universities in 9 days, it was a lot, but definitely doable.
Now that I have concluded the trip I must say that it was a very worthwhile experience. I ended up visiting 13 universities in the 9 days I was there, and, in general, loved them all! It was great talking to the several admissions officers and having them address all my concerns. Now it is only a matter of synthesizing the information I have in order to pick my top college.
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