Presenting the BEST & WORST of Fall Travel Season 2013:
It was the BEST working for the University of Delaware. Certainly a new challenge learning new facts, new stories & a new-packed travel schedule. It was also a challenge starting mid-September & planning a 3 month travel schedule in a week.
BEST architecture of a high school:
Loyola High School, Los AngelesThis was my first stop of Fall '13. Loyola is located in the middle of downtown LA & very prestigious boys prep school. I arrived an hour early & can typically stop at a Starbucks or McDonalds for a wifi connection to answer email. Not so much in this neighborhood. There was a security guard in the McDonald's parking lot & I'm pretty sure I was the only white girl in heels in a 5 block radius. It was one of those moments I have often on the road where I say, "What was I thinking!?". Alas, the visit was a success - even met a mother who told me my black pencil skirt was cute. I told her it was only from Target [knowing she probably shops exclusively at Neiman Marcus] & she then asked if it was the Mossimo brand because Mr. Mossimo is a member of her beach club.
BEST dinner at a college fair:
Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Orange County
Coronado High School, Coronado Island
Who doesn't have a tiki shack in their quad with more beach cruisers than cars in the parking lot?
BEST pep talk by a Blue Hen:
Mr. Flacco, UD alum, giving me a little pep of Dr. Pepper & french fries as a travel snack.
'Will the owner of a Honda Odyssey with bumper sticker LOVE YO MAMA please move your car'
Mama won't love getting towed.
BEST snack at a college fair:
J Serra High School, Orange County
Yes, they break out the popcorn & pretzel machine just for the college fair guests. Yes, I also spotted a semi-celebratory at this fair - Lori, from Real Housewives of Orange County with her daughter. Yes, they also hand us a bottle of wine as a gift. Yes, I then hand that wine over to a good travel buddy.
BEST friends at a college fair:
Allie & me in our matching shoes
|Brittany [Elon], Allie [OSU], Corrine [Marist], Ed [LaFayette], Me, Liz [Samford]|
Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes
WORST traffic of all time, E V E R:
3 miles in 45 minutes makes me angry.
BEST sight to see when you pull into a high school parking lot:
WORST days lead to BEST shopping finds at Target.
Great stress relief.
I'm official at the University of Delaware.
Los Angeles LDS Temple
It was another busy, busy, busy season for me. I racked up Marriott loyalty points, drove more miles in my trusty Honda, caught up on all my podcasts & wore more silly visitor nametags. Best days consisted of getting to spend time with RACC friends - introducing them to Cafe Rio or catching up on emails at Starbucks together. Worst days consisted of a 4 hour drive [which usually takes 2] from Thousand Oaks to San Diego on a Friday afternoon, totally forgetting a high school visit [first time in my 10+ year career] & being so dead dog tired I fall asleep at 8PM on Friday night after a long week.
So is the life of an Admissions Counselor...