See our Advertiser Disclosure and Editorial Note here.
It’s finally almost here….my family’s first college visit trip! I’m pretty sure I’m more excited about this than anyone else in my family.
We were supposed to already have a college visit under our belts by now. Last summer, my son was going to attend a tennis camp at Texas A&M University, and we figured we’d tour the campus at drop-off or pick-up. Thanks to Covid, that didn’t happen. Tennis camp was canceled.
Our original plan for college visits was to take advantage of special visit days for high school juniors and seniors at in-state schools. It also looks like those plans may not happen because those events are still on hold due to the pandemic.
Alas, we may have to adjust our plans to self-guided tours and small-group guided tours. There is also a show on Amazon Prime Video called The College Tour.
Visiting University of Central Florida
Our first unofficial college visit will be to the University of Central Florida. It might seem like an odd choice since we live in Texas. However, it is one of a handful of colleges with a specific area of study my son is considering. It also happens to be close to our vacation destination that we already have planned, Disney World. So, why not?
UCF is not offering guided tours or other events due to Covid. So, we will follow the self-guided tour on the website.
Our plan is to visit UCF on one of our days off from the theme parks. We will head there mid-morning and plan to grab lunch on campus. Summer school will be in session, so we will still catch a glimpse of the campus atmosphere during our visit.
Future College Visits
I hope to fit in another college visit this fall. My kids have a couple of three-day weekends off from school, which would be a good time to make the 5+ hour drive to Texas Tech or the 3-hour drive to Texas A&M. We will plan to visit one next spring along with at least one local college. My son is allowed two excused days off school during his junior year and again during his senior year for college visits.
Have you gone on any college visit trips lately?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.