Some people might think that a campus tour is something trivial and tiring, but I think that it is something exciting and intriguing. My campus tour to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin had to be one of the most memorable things that I have done this summer. I remember being excited about the trip because I had not gone anywhere this summer and the idea of going to Austin felt like there was going to be an adventure in store for me.
The day of the trip I had to wake up at 4:30 in the morning, since our family lived about 4 hours from Austin and we had scheduled our tour at 10:30. I remembered regretting not sleeping sooner the night earlier. Being the teenager that I am, I thought that I would have been able to sleep late and still have the energy to wake up at 4:30 in the morning; I was wrong. The minute my mom pulled out of the driveway, I had already started to feel drowsy and the next thing I knew; I was already asleep.
When I woke up, I saw that we were only 40 or so miles away from Austin and that we would arrive at the UT campus by 9:30. I had remember being a little bit skeptical in going on Wednesday because the weather report had said that there was going to be some scattered rain that day. However my mom brushed it off saying that it probably wouldn’t rain, and since I did not really trust the weather channel; I went along. When we got to the parking garage of the campus I saw that UT was a huge campus with so many buildings spread out. I dreaded the thought of walking from one building to another, but luckily my mom had brought our tennis shoes. As we made our way to the admission building, I could feel tiny rain droplets falling on my head. Worried, I suggested to my mom that we should probably bring an umbrella with us, just in case it rained. Looking back now, I am very glad that I suggested that.
When it was time for our campus tour, I walked outside to see that it was raining cats and dogs. The rain was so hard that I could barely hear what the tour guide was saying. Again, I was extremely glad for the umbrella we brought and for the tennis shoes my mom packed. If it weren’t for those things then I would have been slipping up and down the hills of Austin and been soaking wet. I don’t remember much about what the tour guide told me, or where we went in general, all I really remembered was that by the time the tour was over my mom and I were both soaking wet, despite the umbrella.
Still, as crazy as this sound, if I could do it all over again I would still pick my tour to be on Wednesday, July 28th. The rain, although was very troublesome, made the campus tour so much more fun. The fact that the tour guide made the best of it, and how the people in our group helped each other out made this trip to the University of Texas the most memorable thing that I did this summer. However, the things that I did learn on this trip were: wear comfortable shoes, be careful of the weather, and overall always be prepared and plan ahead of time.
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