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Spring Break Road Trip

April 29th, 2014 at 04:29 am

My friend and I (both savers) went on a road trip with our girls to see a few colleges. The girls are in 10th grade but we figured that a road trip would at least give them a feel of different types of colleges - small, medium, and a bit larger. Prices of attendance can give them a reality check now rather than later.

So here's where we went --- University of Idaho and Washington State were visited when we flew to Spokane. Oh, and I left DH behind -- this was kind of a girls' trip. Plus he has to keep working in order to help fund college! Smile Both of these campuses were beautiful. Idaho was much smaller and seemed to have smaller classes for my DD who intends to have an engineering major. Wonderful countryside! Costs between the two --- Idaho is cheaper. Cheaper is not necessarily better, but we got a personal tour at Idaho with the dean of the department where we toured labs, etc.

When we flew back home, we drove to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sonoma State in northern California. Cal Poly does not have my DD's exact major, but it does for her friend. This is a larger school but is well-known and can be very competitive to attend. Sonoma is a state school that is much smaller (8000 or so). It is in wine country which is a plus for the parents! Smile

We then spent a day in San Francisco. DD wanted to stop in Haight Ashbury to shop in the Oddities store. I might get pelted with tomatoes, but the area was known for hippies in the 60's and is full of their descendants today. I did not feel very comfortable there at all. We stayed in a wonderful B&B in town (not in the Haight area) and walked to Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghiradelli's. I actually lost weight on the trip due to all the walking!

So far, DD loves Idaho -- the small class sizes and the outdoors is her favorite. If she can get a scholarship, the school may be affordable. Of course, our local state school is close by, but DD would rather go away (sniff, sniff).

Here's a few pics from the trip --- a sorority house in Idaho, and some San Francisco scenery:





1 Responses to “Spring Break Road Trip”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    A visit to SF isn't complete without a stop at Ghiradelli's! Big Grin

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