Today we took Monika to Claremont for an official college visit. She was handpicked out of 6000+ applicants and 421 admits to participate in an all expenses paid, on-campus experience. She is spending the next couple of days with 16 other prospective students from all over the country to get to know Claremont. I gave her $20 to buy a t-shirt, only to find that they had a t-shirt and water bottle for her as part of her welcome.
I made sure to get a good walk in with Balt this morning before leaving about an hour and a half prior to when Monika had to be at the school to meet up with the group-- 11am. My mom decided to join us so that she could see the college and find out first hand how to get there. It's an easy route that takes about an hour with little traffic on the 210 straight out from Newhall to Claremont. There's a nearby train station in Claremont that can take Monika to a train station very close to where my parents live-- so she'll have options for visiting whenever she wants to get away from campus.
The college is part of a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions that include Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute-- each with its own campus, students and faculty. While at the same time the seven independent institutions are on adjoining campuses with a combination of approximately 2,000 courses offered, 6,900 students and 3,600 faculty all located on more than 560 acres of land. The consortium is able to generate a variety of intellectual, cultural, and social activities as well as offer rigorous curricula, small classes, distinguished professors, and personalized instruction in a very nice residential college community. Yes, my mom was impressed.
Lest anyone question Monika's heritage, my mother made sure to introduce herself in Spanish to the admissions counselor who set up the weekend. Note- the counselor was hispanic as well, so there was no awkwardness at all. When we left we were all on hugging basis like family-- my mom has a way or maybe it's just the Mexican way!?
I told Monika to check out the tennis team. They are Division 3 and play a lot of great teams (Georgetown, Amherst, Tufts, Case Western) and is in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference so I'm not sure she'd make the team, but I think her college experience would be greatly enhanced if she could. Claremont, Mudd and Scripps combine their women's sports & are called the Athenas! Their colors are burgundy and gold. Of course there will be more time for her to get involved in other things if she doesn't play tennis, so either way she'll have a great experience.
So my mom and I came home to Balt and her dogs eager to see us but with nothing to do. I did a bit of school work on the computer and then went out to sit in the yard with a book. I started reading Dicken's Bleak House. After dinner, I walked Balt and then I sat with my parents and watched Star Trek NG. It seems my dad is a fan as well so there were no complaints. Tomorrow I have more of the same planned... a long walk, some reading and another episode or two of STNG-- vacation heaven.