Meg and I went to visit
The travel to
I can find very little nice
to say about the Airport Ramada.† It was
in significant need of updating.† The
high speed internet did not work in ours rooms.†
The air conditioner barely worked at all and it does occasionally get
The first interview was at Lewis and Clark.† I didnít sleep well and was tired.† I left the camera behind and donít have any
pictures to show.† I did link the web
site in case you want to take a virtual tour.†
We decided to get lunch on the way.†
We drove through some of downtown
We were taken on a tour by a student guide.† Freshmen are required to stay on campus and have to share a dorm room with another student.† Sophomores are guaranteed housing, but juniors and seniors are in a lottery.† They have at least three dorm complexes.† There is only one all womenís dorm floor and the rest is Coed.† There are many themed dorms, so there is quite a lot of variety to choose from.† The Lewis and Clark kids think the Reedies are nerds.† Sort of a degree of nerdiness if you ask me.
After the tour, Meg went to an interview with a Admissions officer.† I was directed to an information session.† Meg said the interview wasnít what she expected.† The interviewer spent a lot of time stressing the strong points of Lewis and Clark to Meg.† What I gleaned from the information session was that Meg was qualified for non need based scholarships based on her academic performance.† So I suspect that Meg will get admitted to Lewis and Clark.
We went adventuring Thursday night after the interview.† We ended up going to a Chinese restaurant a good few miles from the hotel.† We also stopped at a grocery store and got breakfast food.† There is a significant Asian population in the area we were in.† We were one of a few Caucasians in the restaurant populated by Asians.† I think they dumbed down the food for us as it was not nearly as good as I expected.† Somewhere along the way, my watchstrap broke.
The next day we went to Reed College.†
I did remember the camera this time so I have some pictures to
share.† Reed is about a quarter the size
of Lewis and Clark.† It is also in a
wilderness area in downtown
For the tour, we split into two groups.† Meg went with one and I went with the other.† Here are a sampling of the pictures.
Welcome to Reed
One of the requirements at Reed are that each student does a thesis.† This can comprise anything from a manuscript to a project.† This mural in the student center was the result of one such thesis.† There is a tower in the library where the past student theses are collected.† During the junior year, they get a mini term to do a thesis prospectus.† Then the entire senior year is dedicated to thesis work.
The incoming freshmen are not
required to stay on Campus at Reed.† The
dorm rooms are arranged in suites.†
However unlike Lewis and Clark each student has a single room to sleep
in.† Meg will have a single at
My impression at Reed was
that it was largely student run.† The
person who interviewed Meg was a student.†
It seems the Reedies are largely self selecting.† Meg was supposed to have a twenty minute
interview, but it lasted more than forty.†
The interviewer asked Meg when she was leaving.† She was impressed by the fact that Meg was
staying over the weekend to get a feel for
Friday night we went exploring.† We did manage to find a prime rib for Meg to eat.† Then Saturday morning we dropped the car off at the airport a day early.† The Hertz computers were down and it took more than an hour to get a receipt.† It was a good thing we didnít try to do that when we were taking a flight.†
Then we took the rapid transit downtown.† We walked all over downtown.† The stop we got off at was the Saturday Market, sort of like a flea market.† So we shopped.† The first thing we did was get my watch repaired.† The next thing was to get a sports watch for Meg.
Meg liked some of the clothes
at the flea market but we didnít purchase any.†
We did buy some knick knacks as gifts for people.† There were all kinds of stalls.† There were quite a few arty/craft
stalls.† There was also food stalls.† It was early and we didnít eat there.† We did start exploring downtown until we got
hungry.† We stopped at a faux French
restaurant for lunch.†
Brunch Ė Hash
We wandered into a photo
store.† I intended to just browse.† We ended up buying Meg a new digital camera for
our trip to
Then we stumbled into the outdoor theater were there was a sand sculpture exhibit.† It was a benefit for a local charity.† So we donated and went in and took a few pictures.† They had a lot of comic characters including Calvin and Hobbes.† It was enjoyable.
Calvin and Sand Sharks
We walked until we could walk no more.† We did find a book store that filled a whole city block.† Unfortunately we were too tired to appreciate it.† We did sit in a pizza parlor across the street to get out of the heat and enjoy people watching.† We just chilled and got an early dinner.† It was fun to just relax in a strange city.
We had a flight back to
My impression was that
I ended up with a favorable
impression from the whole experience.†
Lewis and Clark also has a
Meg still has
Mark and Wink