Sunday, July 5, 2009

Seven campuses in a day!

Our initial plan was to visit Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley. Well that was not the case. In a day we visited 7 different campuses! We went to Wellesley, Babson, Olen, Boston University, Harvard, Boston college, and Pine Manor. Looking at all these beautiful campuses was a lot to take in for a day. My favorite overall has to be Wellesley not just because of the beautiful campus but because I just got a special connection with the school sounds a bit cliche but learning more in depth about the school made me realize that this was a place that I would love to spend four years of my life. I learned that Wellesley girls can take classes in Harvard, MIT, and some in Babson Business University. Another thing that I loved about Wellesley was that you are guaranteed four years of housing and they are strong on the sciences! The last thing that I thought was interesting about Wellesley was that they keep traditions alive like a wooden ring tossing contest between the girls, though in the older day the girl who won was going to be the first to get married now it is the girl who wins will be successful first. A lot has changed, learning about Wellesley's past was interesting. I found out why everything is so far apart, its so that the girls wouldn't gain weight.


Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Thanks Carla,

You and Sue Kim will have a lot to discuss when you return. I hope that we can find some local college nights where they will have Wellesley at the event. I would love for you to learn more about this school steeped in tradition.

I cannot wait to hear back from Mercedes. I would love to see what she got out of the day.

Keep up the good work. It seems that you are finding your stride. Please remember that you will have to redouble your efforts and really strengthen your courses and test scores. This means that you will have to stay focused and give everything that you have to make your dreams come true. It will not be given to you, you will have to earn it.

I am encouraged that you went back to Wellesley to get a better feel for the campus and to speak with other people. Ms. Pelly being a Teach for America employee did you a big favor by taking you to campus. Now that she is in her final year of a two year commitment for the program, I hope that you will "tap" into her connections and seek out her sage advice. She can be of great support to you.

I have a friend, James Sweeney, who had a daughter that graduated from Wellesley, I will try to reach him and see if you can speak with Samantha.

However, I want to also find out what steps you plan to take for the remainder of the summer to put yourself in the most advantageous position in applying to college next year. Let us know.

Glad that everything went well today. I can see that you were very productive. I hope that you have a great and relaxing evening. One final note, please be ready to ask a lot of questions on Thursday at the College Fair, it will be another chance to learn more about these fabulous academic institutions.

Take care.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District

Madeline Kronenberg said...


I'm delighted that you got a chance to talk with Ms. Pelley about Wellesely and learn of some of their traditions.

I suggest that you be sure to go to the college fair and particularly ask the question: "What are you looking for in an applicant? -- Academically and personally?" and get as many specific examples as you can so that you can work with Ms. Kim to incorporate these aspects into your applications and essays.

Good work making sure that you got to go on this remarkable expedition.

Keep up your enthusiasm and enjoy your next week.