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Where's Lynda? She's taking a 'college road trip'

Posted September 8, 2010

Lynda Loveland is taking a break this week from her regular blogging duties here on Go Ask Mom. You'll usually find her here on Thursdays.

But never fear! You'll be able to catch her at 7 p.m. Thursday on WRAL-TV as she explores six North Carolina colleges and helps all those high school juniors and seniors out there get a jump start on their college search.

College Road Trip will feature Barton College, Campbell University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Mt. Olive College, UNC Wilmington and Winston-Salem State University.

It's been nearly 20 years since my parents drove me across the East Coast to visit colleges. It was a blur of back roads; fast food; crummy motels; and more pamphlets and brochures than I ever needed. But those glimpses were key when I ended up making my final selection (go Virginia Cavaliers!).

I'm sure many of you have been here before. What made the college search process manageable for your family?

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  • luvbailey Sep 11, 2010

    Way back in my day people didn't visit campuses....I applied to Chapel Hill, State, and just in case I couldn't get into college I applied to East Carolina...(that was the big joke back then - of course East Carolina is a great university now!) I'm pretty sure the only way i got into Carolina was...they had just installed the first computer system in the admissions office and i was a computer error! But i did manage to graduate!

  • gingerlynn Sep 10, 2010

    My oldest is at ECU, second followed, no other schools applied to. Third wants to go far from home I think!

  • robster Sep 10, 2010

    I was already decided in favor of NCSU, but I do think that the college fairs held at my high school helped a lot of kids out in terms of realizing the options they truly had. The college/univ. reps were very helpful with tons of information available via brochures and pamphlets, etc. (long before computers/cellphones:-)

  • elliesmom Sep 9, 2010

    My home town in MD sponsored a college fair (it may have been held at the community college) and that was unbelievably helpful. I was able to talk to folks from a dozen universities (in and out of state) without having to travel. I'm grateful for that, as my mom was not only a widow, but working as a waitress to support two children. I can't imagine she would have had the money or the time off for a road trip, so that was a very important day for us. I chose my college based on that experience and after almost 30 years, I am still glad for that decision. So, to all you high school seniors, watch for college fairs--they are a great resource!

  • Objective Scientist Sep 9, 2010

    Born and raised in NC... my father was a Duke fan, although he had no education past high school. He bought season tickets for football and basketball. Subsequently, from my "toddler" days through high school I was at every Duke home game for those sports and Duke became the "only school on the planet" for me. I applied to Duke and only after some truly EXTREME "arm-twisting" from my high school principal, also applied to Carolina. Two applications - that was all. Accepted to both, but I'm "packing my bags for Duke"... until my Dad and I both looked at the numbers next to the $$$ signs. Cost for Duke was ~5 times the cost for Carolina. Simply put... that settled that, and I went to Carolina... ultimately receiving 3 degrees from UNC. No regrets... but I could put one of those "split loyalties/household" flags/stickers on my chest for the two "Blues". I ALWAYS pull for the Tar Heels, but pull for Duke in all instances except when they play Carolina.

  • rhondajohnson1983 Sep 9, 2010

    My brother was at NC State so no visit needed.....no back up plan either.

  • 4Cats Sep 9, 2010

    kittiboo - I had the exact same experience. Growing up, all I ever heard about was Carolina. I just knew that was where I was going to go, and thankfully I got in, because I didn't apply elsewhere!

  • philburn0303 Sep 9, 2010

    One of my kids went to a Catholic Youth Convention at UNCW and that was it for him, no back up plan, and thankfully, it worked! Three of our four kids went to college in Wilmington, I think the beach made it easy!

  • jwstevens04 Sep 9, 2010

    For me, Peace College is tops, hands down...no competition for young ladies who want one on one help, want to be known by their names and benefit best by learning and being taught in a small classroom setting. I would recommend it to anyone and hoping my daughter will one day be a Peace Girl!

  • Amomoftwo Sep 9, 2010

    One visit to the Elon University campus is all it took for my daughter to decide that's where she beELONged.....she's a senior and has loved every minutes of her experience. The personal attention we got from our phone calls, emails and 1 visit made us feel like we were important and a valued part of the Elon family. As a parent, I appreciate that they acknowledge me all during the year not just when tuition is due.

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