Mr. MacKenzie's Tour d'Admission
This summer, for the fourth year in a row, I joined a group of fellow college counselors on a week-long bike tour of colleges. The group consists of counselors from many parts of the U.S.: New England, California, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, and more, and we represent both private and public schools as well as independent counselors. Previous trips have taken me to southern California, North Carolina, and Michigan/Indiana/Illinois. This summer's trip began at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, NY, and wended its way north through Vermont, ending up back in New York in Plattsburgh. All in all, we rode about 200 miles in five days, with plenty of stops for snacks along the way. The group of 18 travels with no support vehicle, so we load up the panniers and take only what we can carry on our own bikes. Many of the colleges we visit provide a bed for the night or a meal for us, and all facilitate campus tours and meetings with admissions officers. It is a great, if unconventional, way to get a feel for a group of schools, to do some riding in lovely parts of the country, and to reconnect with friends in the counseling community.
Our trip this year included small private colleges such as Skidmore, Middlebury, St. Michael's, and Green Mountain, as well as public universities like Castleton State, University of Vermont, and SUNY Plattsburgh. It was great to visit (or re-visit) these schools, see their facilities in person, and connect with the admissions officers who will be reviewing our students' applications. Plans for next year are already in the works, and will likely involve visiting schools in Ohio.
See Mr. MacKenzie's slideshow here.