(3) Searching Students x (1) Motivated Mom = Beaucoups Memorable College Visits
May24

(3) Searching Students x (1) Motivated Mom = Beaucoups Memorable College Visits

by Lisa Campbell Warren To talk with Laetitia Krisel, a high school junior at the Lycee Francais de New York, in NYC, and her mom, Donna Zilkha, about the college-search process is to learn something about the delight of the “match.” Finding out about schools and about yourself (and, for a parent, about your child) are described as intertwined threads in one exhilarating exploration. No strangers to adventure, Laetitia’s family lived in France through her third-grade year, after which they moved to New York. Laetitia and Donna visited nine college campuses in New England over a four-day period in February 2011, and Laetitia blogged about the visits as an intern on “Artistotle Circle.” In love with learning When I spoke via Skype with mother and daughter recently, what impressed me most was their thoughtful and joyful approach to learning—about schools, various subjects, other places and people, and themselves. For example, when I asked about Advanced Placement courses, Laetitia said, “I’m taking AP Economics now, and I’m falling in love with economics!” Isn’t that really what it’s all about–when you’re trying to choose the right college–being willing and able and prepared to fall in love? Read on for some thoughts about conducting a college search that could lead to your perfect match. SCV: Laetitia, how did you decide which colleges you would visit? Laetitia: I knew I wanted to go to college on the East Coast, so that I would be able to come home on weekends whenever I want. From there, I looked at schools that I thought would be a good fit for me academically. I saw 12 schools in all, and I liked all of them! SCV: Donna, you have two older children as well. How has your college-search with Laetitia compared with those of her older brother and sister? Donna: The three kids looked at different kinds of schools, based on their interests and where they were likely to fit best academically. So while all three “tours” focused on East-Coast schools, each child’s list of schools, and thus their experience, was unique. My son, who is the oldest, was not very interested in visiting colleges or even going to college, to be honest. I knew I would have to make the trips interesting and fun to engage him. We wound up visiting Washington, D.C. , area schools, and he really liked American University. Going there meant we could also see the sights in D.C. He actually flew home early to see his girlfriend, but Laetitia and I visited the Smithsonian after he left! SCV: Where else did you go in conjunction with college visits? Donna: My other daughter,...

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Where’d They Go to School?™ — U. S. First Ladies
May21

Where’d They Go to School?™ — U. S. First Ladies

In our first Where’d They Go To School? list, we reported on where the Presidents of the United States were educated. It wasn’t long after that we began to wonder where the nation’s First Ladies studied. Twenty-two First Ladies had some level of formal education. Are any of the schools they attended on your list of schools to visit? Martha Dandridge Custis Washington:  None. Abigail Smith Adams:  None. Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson:  None. Dolley Payne Todd Madison:  None. Elizabeth Kortright Monroe:  None. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams:  None. Rachel Donelson Jackson:  None. Hannah Hoes Van Buren:  None. Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison:  None. Letitia Christian Tyler:  None.  2nd Mrs. Tyler: Julia Gardiner Tyler:  None. Sarah Childress Polk:  Salem Academy (Salem College) Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor:  None. Abigail Powers Fillmore:  None. Jane Means Appleton Pierce:  None. Harriet Lane:  Convent and Academy of the Visitation (renamed Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School) Mary Todd Lincoln:  None. Eliza McCardle Johnson:  None. Julia Dent Grant:  None. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes:   (Wesleyan Female College) Wesleyan College Lucretia Rudolph Garfield:   (Western Reserve Eclectic Institute) Hiram College Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur:  None Frances Folsom Cleveland:  Miami University, Oxford, OH) Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison:   Oxford Female Institute (now Miami University, Oxford, OH) Ida Saxton McKinley:  None. Edith Kermit Cardow Roosevelt:  None. Helen Herron Taft:  None. Ellen Axson Wilson:  None. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson:   Martha Washington College (merged into) Emory & Henry College Florence Kling Harding:  Cincinnati Conservatory Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge:  University of Vermont Lou Henry Hoover:  Standford Anna Eleanor Roosevelt:  The New School Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman:  None. Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower:  Finishing School. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy:  Vassar College, Sorbonne, George Washington Unviersity Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson:  University of Texas Patricia Ryan Nixon:  University of Southern California Elizabeth Bloomer Ford:  Bennington College Rosalynn Smith Carter:  Georgia Southwestern College Nancy Davis Reagan:  Smith College Barbara Pierce Bush:  Smith College Hillary Rodham Clinton:  Wellesley College, Yale Law School Laura Lane Welch Bush:  Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin Michelle Obama:  Princeton University, Harvard Law School The information published here has been verified and updated on 05/20/10, using a variety of web sites in addition to the First Ladies White House informational site. “Where’d They Go to School” is a series appearing on...

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