University of Texas at Austin

Taking the Kids -- on the college tour circuit

Taking the Kids -- on the college tour circuit

The campus tour hadn't even started when my daughter gave the university a thumbs-down.

"Too flat," my mountain-loving girl declared as we trekked across the campus on a crisp fall day. This was the Midwest, after all, I reminded her. And we had flown halfway around the country to visit. "Sorry," she said. "Besides, everyone seems too intense."

We left before the tour began; there was no reason to prolong the agony. I don't know which was worse -- that trip or the one where we'd driven five hours to an Upstate New York campus and my son refused to get out of the car. He was determined to go to school in California -- which he ultimately did --...