College visits (1): Seeing before choosing
16 Aug 2017 | 256 View
As his time in a US secondary school passes quickly by, Kittipak Tantichot is thinking more and more about where he wants to continue his studies. There is no better way to get started than by visiting college campuses.
College is an important part of your life, it’s where you’ll live for four or more years, where you get an education to survive the outside world, and meet the people who will play an important role in your life. Visiting your top choices for colleges will help determine which one is right for you.
After I graduate from high school, I eventually want to attend college in the United States. One of the reasons I want to do so, is that I can meet people from all over the world and gain knowledge of many cultures and ideas. So this summer, before I attend my summer camp at Stanford, my parents would take me around first, to see some of the colleges. I’ve been on college websites, and seen pictures online, but there is nothing like visiting them first-hand in order to really feel what it’s like. Yale was the first my family and I visited. There were many colleges to come later.
Throughout our journey through the East Coast we also visited colleges like Harvard, Tufts, MIT, Brown, Williams and Dartmouth and many more. We decided that we would arrive a few days earlier than before my camp started, so we could visit some colleges in California as well.
It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. My family and I were in New Haven, Connecticut, staring through the immense iron gates of Yale University. Beyond the gates lay a huge grassy field with paved stone sidewalks and surrounding it, a great variety of buildings, such as a church, a library and dormitories. My first impression of Yale, was that it looked a lot like Hogwarts School from the movie series, Harry Potter. Everything about this place felt magical. If you look up towards any building, the architecture would fill you with awe and completely consume you, so that you would forget where you were for a few seconds. Despite the old-looking appearance, the buildings contained a sense of timelessness.
Everywhere I looked, there were people relaxing in the shade, some with books, some chatting, and some typing on their laptops. There was a different vibe for this place than many others. I could feel that there was a strong sense of community at Yale, one where everyone knew how to have fun, but more importantly, also knowing how to stay focused.
One of the things that impressed me most was the Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library. It wasn’t exactly a building, but more like a tower. It has a magnificent entrance, beautiful stained glass, but what lies inside is, to me, even more magnificent. There are study areas everywhere, even a courtyard, and the lighting and ambience inside is perfect. All I can say is, there were books everywhere. – to the right, left, even up or down. Apparently the library contains over four million books!
It was a quick visit, but by coming here to Yale, I got a very different experience than the one I found online. On the internet, I found pictures and information. However, when I actually visited the college, I was able to actually feel, and become one with the community—it really allowed Yale’s environment to sink in.