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The Adventures of The Traveling…..Teenager!

We are back in Houston after our “exciting?” trip to Waco, Texas….or how my son prefers to say “Whacko, Texas”. Why were we of all places in Waco? My daughter J who will be a Jr. in high school this year is starting to visit colleges. A little early you ask? Well, yeah. But there was something in the water in 1989-1993 that caused Texas to over create which in turn leads to over population in all of our schools, including colleges. The admittance counselor we worked with said that last years Freshman class had record numbers of which this year’s Freshman class in expecting to exceed. This makes an early start very important.

The trip wasn’t that bad. I mean, once I survived this……

Teenager, 3 plus hour trip, her at the wheel!!!!

and this……

This is called “the circle”, which you just kind of get on and go around until you get off. Scary thing. Especially when your teen is driving.

As I said, this trip wasn’t bad. The campus is beautiful, but since it’s summer time, there wasn’t the usual “campus feel” that you experience during the fall. My daughter and I didn’t walk away with that “this is where I want to go” feeling. She wants to come back and visit during the fall and see how she feels. Baylor has a great business school and offers the 5 year Masters program, and she is SURE that’s the direction she wants to take.

I’m wondering though if maybe we just need to compare it to something. We are going to visit A & M in the next couple of weeks. She has wanted to go to A & M since she was old enough to realize that it wasn’t the ATM’s!!! I guess her first Aggie emblem went up on her wall when she was about 5. Her brothers who are UT all the way gave her a hard time about wanting to go to A & M so she kind of “back burnered” the thought. Now she is of the mind set that she really doesn’t care what her brothers think and has decided that A & M may be the place for her.

One observation however. We were one of two juniors visiting amongst a whole crew of seniors. I feel that my daughter is very mature for her age. It was amazing to see the difference between the two groups. My daughter was still pulling out her cell phone to check the text messages her friends were sending while the seniors were really listening and asking questions. Hmmm…..


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  1. * Karen says:

    We’ll be making the trip to check out A&M in the near future, too. Our son has had A&M on his brain for years now, too. He even bought A&M logo flip flops this spring!
    We’ll see where he winds up.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  2. * FutureFoodTVStar says:

    If she has any questions about Baylor… send her my way… I was there for 7 years.

    Waco is ok, while you are going to school… but after you get out and all your college buddies have moved on to “real towns”… it SUCKS!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  3. * Teena says:

    Where I come from (Nova Scotia), “circles” are called “rotaries” … and you get used to them or you just keeping driving ’round and ’round and ’round.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  4. * aka_Meritt - www.coffeetalking.blogspot.com says:

    My stomach kind of flip flopped when I saw you had your daughter at the wheel. I of course put “my” daughter in her place in my mind. That’s tough on a Mommy! LOL.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  5. * Shell says:

    My brother and some of my friends went to A&M. They loved it. My brother still talks to his friends from there and I really think going there helped his career.

    Me, I’m at UH. It’s just a commuter school. No real comraderie (I’m fine with that), you don’t make friends you will keep with you forever (got friends)but at least I will get a degree.

    However, get ready for sticker shock. All Texas schools will go up 10% in tuition starting this fall. For the past couple of years I’ve seen my tuition go up every year. It really hurts the pocketbook.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  6. * Football Widow says:

    Being an Aggie I vote for A&M. It’s a good place to go and the business school rocks. That’s where I was.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  7. * Kami says:


    Why? Just why? There is a wonderful school right there in beautiful Austin. And there is shit to do there.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  8. * Carrie says:

    Ya know, SWT or Texas State has a good business school and there is tons to do for fun… 🙂

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  9. * Uzz says:

    You know…I am going to take for Baylor. First off…I grew up in Waco and spent a TON of time on the campus. You really do need to go during the fall, as Baylor does tend to empty out during the summer. They don’t just have a great business school…they have an Excellent business school! Hankamer School of Business has turned out an amazing amount of talented business people!!! The place has grown by leaps and bounds in the past five years, including a new law school, museum, seminary and yes…something I like to call “The Garage Mahal”.

    It may not have the unrelenting party atmosphere of UT, but I would think that would be a good thing for you!

    A&M is a great school for certain areas and the cult-like traditions do make it have a more “college” atmosphere…but it is located in a dump…sorry to my friends there:-)

    It really depends on what she wants to do…if she wants to get a first class degree in engineering or veterinary science, then A&M is perfect for her…but if she wants to get a first class degree in business then Baylor is BY FAR the best choice.

    My blood runs green and gold, so I am biased, so take it with a grain of salt…I will say that Baylor is located perfectly in Waco…its only an hour and a half to Dallas/Fort Worth and about an hour and a half to Austin going the other direction on I-35.

    Sounds like you raised a great kid!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  10. * Uzz says:

    btw…love that Circle pic…the Health Camp over there is LEGENDARY for their malts and burgers…LEGENDARY!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago

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