On Campus

This is a group of prospective undergrads, taking a tour of the Penn campus over the summer. (I took this photo in July on the Penn campus, on the same trip I mentioned recently when I was with my parents and my dad was showing us where he had lived and gone to class when he was here.)

prospective students tour the Penn campus

Location:     University of Pennsylvania campus
Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/500 sec, F/4.5, ISO-400, 94 mm (150 mm equivalent)

I remember going on these tours myself, trying to imagine myself at each school, living in various cities or towns. I ended up at Trinity College in Hartford, CT almost accidentally. My mom dragged me there when we were driving through, and I found the tour, not fascinating, but interesting enough that it was worth applying. But even then I wasn’t all that interested. It wasn’t until I went for a campus visit and stayed overnight in the dorm and sat in on a philosophy class with a really cute guy (who turned out to be my RA the next year and turned out to have an identical twin) that I was convinced.

In retrospect, I wish I’d gone to school in a bigger city where I would have experienced more than just campus life. I have always thought that I would have liked to be in New York (but who am I kidding, there’s no way the 18 year old me was ready for NYC). But now that I’m here in Philadelphia, I think that Penn or one of the other schools here might have been a great experience. But who knows. Sometimes undergrad life is so different from working life in the city, they can be experiences on parallel, but very different, planes.

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