Saturday, February 21, 2009


Home, sweet home. There is nothing yummier than a homemade meal.

I arrived about an hour ago and in the six hour plane ride back to California I was thinking about the trip, the goods and the bads.

The goods:
I will be able to make an informed decision on what school I want to go to. I got to meet Vassar and NYU in 3D which is way better than 2D (the only way you can meet them in the Internet and on the catalogs.) These schools are both good schools. I also got to see the neighborhoods around both schools and they seem very safe, not like how CSI:NY and Law and Order portrays New York City.
I am glad I was given this opportunity and I advise all students who have the chance to do this to do it too. Of course it would be better if students were to do it there junior year, where they could visit the schools that they are interested in, thus helping them narrow their list down.

The Cons:
It was cold! It was helpful but my opinion is that if more students are going to be given the chance to see colleges personally, it should be their Junior year.

I wish more people from our community were applying to these schools, there is so much outside of Richmond to see that it's insane, Richmond does not compare to any of these cities.
We need to get the word out that the West Contra Costa School District does exist! And I say this because of past experience where Mr. Ramsey, Jose Canchola and I attended a Brown informational session where everyone there was not a minority and where the Admissions Representative from our region did not even know where Richmond was! There is that question of "How do we do that?" I don't really know, but I do know that parents do need to be more supportive of their children.


1 comment:

Don Gosney said...


Another wonderful blog posting. I especially appreciated the pros and cons of the trip--they're helpful.

I also liked your comments about seeing things in 3D instead of 2D. I've never been back to New York City and all I know about it is what I see on Law & Order, CSI:NY and the old Death Wish movies. What I know about it isn't pretty. Yet 11 million people live there so there much be something of value there that's missing from those shows.

I'm also glad you had a chance to be out in the cold for a little while. It's one thing to watch movies of the East Coast in the middle of winter but it's totally different when you have to slog through it day in and day out. If you're not used to that, it can be a big eye-opener and you need to be prepared for it before choosing a school under those conditions.

It's good, too, that you're becoming a seasoned traveler. You can really get a feel for the world by spending some time in an airport. After that, EVERYTHING else looks good by comparison.

Not t harp, but if there's any way you can get your mother to talk to you about her impressions and then maybe you can relay her thoughts, that would be great.

Until then, thanks again, Adriana, and welcome home.