This morning Courtney and I woke up at 5 a.m. to begin our day looking at colleges. Last night I had to make sure all of Mike's food/drink/meds were all prepared so that everything would be ready for him today. You can't imagine all the preparation involved in being away from the house for the entire day.
Denise (the Newsday reporter who has become our friend) went with us also. She comes from the area we were heading and she was a HUGE help being my navigator. We first went to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The tour began at 9:30 a.m. We left our house at 6 because we were concerned about rush hour traffic, but there was none and we arrived at 8 a.m. There was time for a quick breakfast in their small cafe. The tour was "OK", but not as informative as Fordham's. We didn't get to see things that are important to the students - dorms and cafeteria, We only got to see one classroom building. Courtney WAS pleased at the description of their communication/film courses. The tour was over at 11:00 and we decided NOT to stay for the information session. We found someplace for lunch - Yeah Olive Garden. After a leisurely lunch, we headed over to Marist College (also in Poughkeepsie and only about 10 minutes away from Vassar). That tour started at 1:30. This tour was much better and gave us much more information. The campus was beautiful as it's right on the Hudson River with the mountains right behind it. Georgeous. One of the pluses in this school, is that when the Freshman get to the campus, they have the football players and other upperclassman move in all their "stuff". The Freshman spend the day at a carnival and all their belongings will be in their room once it's over. All the hard work is done. They also have a good communications/TV/film program. As you can surmise, this is what Courtney wants to do.
On the way home we asked about her thoughts. All she wants to do is go to Fordham. She loves the campus and it's also SO close to NYC. Their communications program is also excellent.
Next week we will be seeing Manhattan College and Manhattanville College (both in NY).
This will be a difficult and stressful year for all of us. I pray things work themselves out.