Background: Olivia is a senior in high school and it is time to pick out which Universtiy she will attend. She has several great schools to choose from … not surprising. Her grades and test scores are tops, she is captain of her high school Lacrosse Team, and has quite an art portfolio as well. She and Catherine took a road trip to Northern California to visit 2 schools earlier this week. Here are Olvia’s comments on the visits:
After expecting a quiet farm town, UC Davis was quite a surprise. It was a very lively college town full of interesting restaurants and nice people. We went to dinner at an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet in downtown Davis where the plates of sushi came out on little boats floating in a small river across the bar counter. The campus was bustling and shaded with pretty trees. The college had a nice welcoming atmosphere.
I am not sure what I expected Santa Cruz to be like, but I was not disappointed. The college, although not as lively as Davis, was beautiful and spread out. At UC Santa Cruz, there are 10 different colleges that the students live in, and in order to go there I have to select what college I want to live in. I am deciding between the environmental Rachel Carson college and the art Porter college. The new marine biology labs are located on the cliff overlooking the ocean. These facilities and the research taking place here are very impressive to me. After visiting UCSC, I really think that I want to go to this school.