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College visits (1): Seeing before choosing

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College visits (1): Seeing before choosing


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.

Kittipak Tantichot

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.



: the character of a place and the feeling you have about it - บรรยากาศโดยรอบ


: the way that somebody/something looks on the outside - ลักษณะภายนอก, การปรากฏตัว


: a particular style or way of designing buildings - สถาปัตยกรรม, รูปแบบการก่อสร้าง


: feelings of respect and slight fear; feelings of being very impressed by something/somebody - ความน่าเกรงขาม, ความกลัวเกรง


: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

culture (noun)

: the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

determine (noun)

: to decide what will be done or happen - กำหนด

dormitory (noun)

: a large building in or near a college or university, where students live - หอพัก

environment (noun)

: a place, including all the physical conditions that affect it - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม

eventually (noun)

: at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด

first-hand (noun)

: gained by doing something yourself, obtained directly from someone who is involved in something - โดยตรง, ได้รับโดยตรงด้วยตัวเอง

focused (noun)

: alert; with your attention directed to what you want to do; with very clear aims - เพ่งความคิด, ตื่นตัว

immense (noun)

: extremely large - มหึมา มหาศาล

impress (noun)

: to cause someone to admire or respect someone/something - ทำให้ประทับใจ

impression (noun)

: an opinion or feeling that you have about someone or something you have seen but do not know very well - ความรู้สึก

magnificent (noun)

: very good, beautiful or deserving to be admired - สง่างาม, ดีเลิศ, หรูหราฟู่ฟ่า

role (noun)

: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

shade (noun)

: an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun's light does not get to it - ร่ม

stained glass (noun)

: pieces of coloured glass that are put together to make windows, especially in churches - กระจกหุง

surrounding (noun)

: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

survive (noun)

: to continue to live - มีชีวิตรอด

tower (noun)

: a tall narrow building or part of a building, especially of a church or castle - หอสูง,หอคอย,เจดีย์

variety (noun)

: many different types of things or people - ความหลากหลาย

vibe (noun)

: feeling - อารมณ์ความรู้สึกที่มีต่อคน สิ่งของ สถาน

sidewalk (noun)

: a flat part at the side of a road for people to walk on - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท

courtyard (noun)

: an open space that is partly or completely surrounded by buildings and is usually part of a castle, a large house, etc - ลานบ้าน

magical (adj)

: containing magic; used in magic - พิทยาพล, ฤทธา, มหัศจรรย์, ซึ่งมีเวทมนตร์

choice (noun)

: something that you can choose; an act of choosing between two or more possibilities - ทางเลือก, การเลือก

sense of (noun)

: feeling of

East Coast (noun)

: the coastline along which the Eastern United States meets the North Atlantic Ocean

timelessness (noun)

: the quality of not appearing to be affected by the passing of time or by changes in fashion - ความถาวร

sink in (verb)

: (of words, an event, etc.) to be fully understood or realised - ซึมเข้า