This summer my schedule was dominated by early college courses and trying to save money, while enduring a crappy business internship, sponsored by my high school’s Academy of Finance. I endured it for a short 3 months. Luckily, I still managed to take a trip to Virginia with my dad to check out some colleges. My dad graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and my mother from Campbell University. I wanted to go somewhere out of state. My dad who did the unusual combination of lettering in football and majoring in English says he turned me off to Carolina by taking me to too many games in Chapel Hill while I was growing up. We were really just winging it, not really having much assurance that any of the colleges we would visit were right for me.
Amazingly, we were proven wrong. After a 5 hour car drive with my dad, listening to fuzzy radio stations and old cds stashed in my mom’s car, we arrived at Virginia Tech. As soon as I stepped out of the car I was in love with the place, the campus and surrounding area was beautiful, covered in lovely, green, lush rolling hills, and landscaped outstandingly. After stopping by the information center to get our parking permit and map, we navigated our way to the admissions office. I immediately felt at home after speaking to one of the admission administrators. She reviewed my transcript and scores and supplied me with the North Carolina representatives name for VPI who was currently on vacation. On our way around campus we ran into several helpful students and staff, took our own little tour of downtown, Blacksburg and ate at one of the small college supported restaurants, which, by the way wonderful.
This was the first time I actually had a non-dramatic, family orientated, father-daughter trip in a long time. It was great to see that we could still get along after not exactly spending too much time together, but while we were on that trip, it was like we were the best of friends. Dad told me later he took me to VPI first because his father had been to graduate school there along the 1850’s through the National Science Foundation and had inkling I would like it. He also knew it was beautiful because he had visited his former college football coaches, Coach bill Dooley, and staff after he graduated from UNC in 1979. Although now that we’re back home our relationship has resumed to the same old aspects, of parental rules and worrying about his teenage daughter and curfews, but then again what kind of caring parent doesn’t act like that? While we were in the atmosphere of the mountains, or the fact that we were in “the lover’s state” of Virginia the love was there; no arguments, no drama, and, we both agreed Virginia Tech is where I want to go to school. The first school we have actually, mutually agreed on, therefore making this trip, one of the best ever.
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