Archive for June 2010

University of North Carolina at Asheville   1 comment

This college kind of lines up with Hartford. It looks like it was built in the middle of a forest.

  • It’s a medium-small school (3500 students), with small, personal classes.
  • They like to help you construct your own major.
  • There is study abroad, but it’s much mush les popular than at some of the other colleges we’ve seen.
  • They help you find part-time jobs and internships.
  • A group rents bikes for free. And mountain bikes for $5…
  • The laundry texts you when it’s done. (Knock off of American.)
  • There are very few grad students, so they spend a lot of money and time on undergrads.
  • There are more nontraditional students than usual.
  • They have the best dorms yet. They are big, and you share a bathroom with one other pair of girls, instead of with a whole floor.
  • Asheville is artsy. Your students ID gets free bus transport.
  • It is a B+ school. I would be in the honors program, and I would probably get some sort of merit scholarship.
  • They do not have cognitive science. Psychology is very big, but neuroscience is only a newly formed minor.
  • It’s a state college, and apparently super cheap.
  • The girl who led our tour said she’s starting a Quidditch team.
  • I don’t know if I would ever get used to the southern accents.

Posted June 30, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Brown University   6 comments

A very dull name for a very awesome school.

Oh. My. Gosh. Before we visited, Mama told me that this was my dream school, and she was right. One of the big defining characteristics of Brown is their lack of distribution requirements. They believe that students, when given free rein in their education, will challenge themselves and build their learning. It’s so much like the Montessori philosophy of igniting a desire for learning in a student, providing the materials, and guiding the student as they teach themselves. Brown wants students to take classes they are interested in, but they encourage kids to take a broad enough range of classes that they have some variety. You can kind of develop your own major.

  • Brown has the best cognitive science options yet. It’s a whole department, and it seems like you have a lot of choices; you can specialize in cognitive linguistics or cognitive neuroscience etc. The girl who led our tour is in cognitive neuroscience (she also said she was interested in history and religion and philosophy, which is funny).
  • There is a ton of guidance. There are lots of people guiding your academics and classes choices, and then there are dorm counselors.
  • Brown students are consistently rated as 1st and 2nd happiest students in… world or U.S.? I don’t remember. But they are happy.
  • Students are really involved and busy with tons of activities and groups.
  • Rhode Island School of Design is right next door, and it’s possible to take classes there.
  • Because there are no distribution requirements, you can take tons of other elective classes you’re interested in. That’s great for people with broad interests, like me!
  • Brown is an Ivy League with a 9% acceptance rate… They prefer that you have four years of math and science, which stinks a little bit. I have a really good excuse though.
  • We didn’t see the dorms, but they sounded good. You are guaranteed housing 4 years.
  • It’s in the city of Providence, so it’s an urban school, but less blending-into-the-city than Penn. There are shuttle around campus and into town. You can walk into downtown Providence. There is a 1-hour train to Boston and a 3-hour train to New York.
  • There are oldish builidings and newish buildings (sorry Danielle, we didn’t see any Hogwarts castles). There is green (though not nearly as much as Hartford, that place had a lot of green) and a hill that they sled down when it snows.
  • It sounds like an artsy campus, and they say it’s a very artsy town.

I am already planning my application essay 🙂

Posted June 27, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

The Storm   2 comments

We saw in the newspaper that the storm that we witnessed in Philadelphia moved on to terrorize Ohio and Connecticut. Apparently it demolished a church and a banquet hall in Philly.

Posted June 26, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

University of Connecticut   Leave a comment

UConn is HUGE. I think it’s about half the size of Aramco. They have tons of majors, and a bunch of roads going through the campus. (It looks like a school you would have to be able to drive to attend, but it’s not, because there is very very limited parking. You have to take a shuttle to class.) It is out in the boondocks to begin with, and then it is in an enormous field in the middle of the boondocks, so it’s probably pretty separated from the closest towns. We didn’t get a guided tour or an information session. They gave us a map and brochure for a self-guided tour. We didn’t do it, just looked around a bit.

  • I get the impression that a big part of UConn is the agricultural school. I don’t know if a college with several barns on campus is the one for me…
  • UConn is the first we have looked at that actually has a cognitive science major (besides Penn, where it was too computer-oriented, so :-P). Here it’s in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • You can’t minor in any art except art history.

Posted June 26, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

University of Hartford   Leave a comment

University of Hartford formed when Hartford Art College, The Hartt School (for music, dance, and theater), and Hilyard College got together. It caught my attention because of its well-known art college.

  • This was a different campus again. It was very suburban, and just outside the city of Hartford.  There is a river running through a gorgeous green campus. Hartford, CT itself is gorgeous.
  • Unlike the other schools we’ve seen, Hartford is pretty separate from the rest of the world. It’s a bit harder to get to nearby towns.
  • Hartford is a B-average school. If I went I would be in the Honors program.
  • They are proud of being high-tech. There are plasma announcement screens around campus. There are high-tech podiums in every classroom that let the teacher write on a screen that will be projected on the board.
  • Like every other school we’ve seen, Hartford has a currency that you can use to get food, books, etc. and which works in some places off campus.
  • There are two magnet schools on campus: an elementary and a high school. They are based on the philosophy of multiple intelligences and college students who are studying education use them to get experience. I think that sounds really cool.
  • After American University, Hartford’s were the second dorms we got to see. They were noticeably bigger than AU’s, but older and not as nice. There are no forced triples, because of a new (luxury) dorm that you have to write and essay to get into.
  • They do not have cognitive science. It would be possible to cobble it together, but it wouldn’t be the same.

After the tour, we went and looked at the art buildings specifically. They were really nice. (The architecture of all these art facilities looks like it was copied off of Denver School of the Arts! :P.) They don’t have jewelry classes there. We talked to and art admissions dean some, and gave him the address of my online portfolio ( and he may email me about that soon. He told us that double-majoring will keep you in school for at least five years. He said that if you are unsure about what to major in, it is better to start in the art school and have the option of moving to the academic, because it’s really hard to catch up in the arts. He also warned against selling out to a better-paying major if your passion is in the fine arts. I don’t know it mine is… He said that students majoring in art and minoring in an academic field is much more common than vice versa.

Posted June 26, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Pennsylvania University   Leave a comment

It sounds like a state college, but Penn is an Ivy League university. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin because he wanted to educate the people besides lawyers and clergy. He invented the more general education, i.e. the liberal arts university. Penn is different from AU and GU because it has a city campus, and the edges blend into the rest of Philadelphia.

  • They have cognitive science, but as a double major between the Arts and Sciences College and the Engineering School. It sounds too computer science-oriented… We realized before we visited that it’s probably not what I’m looking for, but we checked it out anyway because it looked like a good example of a city school.
  • They mentioned a study-abroad program, but it’s not as strong as those at AU or GU. Penn doesn’t do as much to help students find internships, either.
  • It sounds like they have a great engineering program, and they have this big invention contest called Penn-vention.
  • Penn is a Harry Potter school, like GU. There are some amazing old buildings, and some beautiful old courtyard areas.
  • They don’t do merit scholarships. That’s a problem because it’s a pretty expensive school.
  • It’s a walking campus and town. It’s hard to drive and the parking situation, in mama’s words, is “sickening.”
  • Most juniors and seniors have to live off-campus.
  • There are lots of sculptures around campus
  • You can take art classes and stuff outside you major. They encourage it. We walked by the art building, but didn’t get to see inside.
  • Penn is pretty high-tech. One of the 15 libraries has these cool high-tech group study booth areas.
  • Penn is very selective. Hard to get into.

The tour ended, and it looked like it might start raining. We went inside to get milkshakes, and it did start raining so we waited for it to slow down so we could walk to the car. When we got outside, limbs from the huge old trees littered the ground. Everywhere were leaves and branches and stunned college students taking pictures of demolished trees with their cell phones. It was intense.

Posted June 25, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Dream Major   Leave a comment

Mama wants me to post this:

Walking around the GU campus today, I told her, “I want to design my own major. I will combine cognitive science, more psychology, developmental psychology, pedagogy, education, philosophy, world religions/theology, fine arts, art history/conservation, art education, religious/philosophical history, French, and art psychology.” She asked, “What career would you do with that?” I said, “…”

Posted June 24, 2010 by rachelternes in Uncategorized