e visited the University of Iowa campus this week as it is time for our oldest child to make one of the biggest decisions in his life - "How far away from my parents do I want to be to continue my education?"
My husband is the only one that has seen the campus in a large view, visiting high school friends attending there 30 years ago. This was the first U of I visit for Jordan and I.
Our tour was conducted by a U of I student; several other prospective students were also there. It was pouring down rain - unlike the well-prepared students there sporting umbrellas along with their backpacks, we weren't prepared for the weather.
If you have ever been to the campus, you know that walking from building to building is like training for a sport. There are many steep hills and we went up and down them all. I was not prepared for that workout either and while I was huffing and puffing for most of the tour (showing how really out of shape I really am) I was glad to notice that there were other moms in our group that were reacting the same as me. I looked at one of them and said, "They sure didn't make this route for old people, did they?" She agreed. Jordan, on the other hand, was somewhat embarrassed that I was not enjoying the walk.
The walk through the campus did bring back memories of the campus I walked on for the four years I was in college - Mankato State University. There are many more opportunities for students to pursue in college today but one thing hasn't changed among those students - the determination to achieve their goals and get a job that they will enjoy - and be paid big bucks. (Though bigger bucks are expected by today's students.)
It was interesting, looking at those old brick buildings on the U of I campus that have provided a spot to educate well over a million students since it opened. So much history.
And for Jordan, one of the biggest Hawkeye fans around, being there was extra special.
He hasn't made a decision yet, he wants to look at other campuses too. He has a drawer filled with brochures - most from colleges he won't even consider. I am trying to sway him to check out the University of Hawaii or the University of Australia. Wouldn't it be fun exploring those options!
Soon, campus visits begin with our next child and then our third, as they are only a year apart.
I suspect that maybe I will be better prepared for that U of I walk by then!