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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Amherst vs. Columbia - Anybody Have An Opinion?

This week-end we are headed to the East Coast to check out Columbia University and Amherst College. I am also planning on banging on MIT's door to see how their "Wait List" is progressing - which will pretty much ensure that my daughter doesn't get accepted - so maybe I won't.

In the meantime, I thought I would ask to see whether anybody out in the blogosphere had an opinion on either Columbia or Amherst. I have never been to either, although early on in her college application process I singled out Amherst as a good place for her to go. Why? I liked the name. I also like the fact that it was out in the Massachusetts Pampas in a cocoon-like town, overrun by college students. That spells "safe" in my head.

Thinking about her going to Columbia, which is in Manhattan -on the "Upper West Side" - as I discovered during my ticket booking process- keeps me awake at night. I picture scenes from Law & Order and resolve to absolutely forbid her from setting foot in New York City. At least at 3:00 in the morning. During the day, after the sun has banished all of the Boogie Men, I think about how if it were me in her position, I would be at Columbia in a New York Minute. Hypocrite I am, but I can take care of myself, I think. What is my little girl going to do in NYC? Then I realize what they mean when they talk about cutting the apron strings and letting go. They just don't tell you the apron strings aren't made of cloth, but flesh and blood.

I still instinctively try to hold her hand when we cross the street together. Who is going to hold her hand when she crosses the street in New York City?

On second thought, never mind. Forget I asked that.

Berkeley is starting to look pretty good to me now - Although they have been the least doting of the schools she has been accepted to. Berkeley sent an email and a follow-up letter, but nothing in the way of warm fuzzies for the parents. Not that it matters - I know Berkeley pretty well; both my sisters and my father went there. We spent two summers in Berkeley when I was a kid - which is funny now that I think of it - because I was completely oblivious to the turmoil that must have been raging there at the time (c. 1970). But I digress.

What to do. What to do.

Stupid Stanford.

Any alums out there with some insight?

Sign me, Worried Mother and


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