Saturday, October 18, 2008

College STRESS

I think our warm Autumn days are coming to a close! I am a wimp when it comes to the cold anyways, but today seemed colder than usual. I also spent most of the day a bit north of where I usually am because today we went to visit Green Mountain College.

I used to go to that general area when I was little because my Great Grandmother lived there. Some of my best memories are of the camping trips/family reunions we would have every summer in Rupert. It’s so open. It’s also a farming community, so you can’t drive a mile down the road without seeing at least one farm. I love it there.

I fell in love with Green Mountain’s campus. It has a huge library, a wellness center, beautiful trees, and my favorite part- a student run organic farm. They have crops and animals. They use all the food on campus too, 15% of the food eaten at GMC comes from the farm. I have been a member of 4-H since I was 8, and I really love farms. This school just seems like a perfect fit socially.

The unfortunate part (and there always is one) is that I cannot seem to find a perfect match study-wise. I want to open my own restaurant and have a farm. I looked at the business class at GMC and found that it really isn’t what I’m looking for. They have hospitality management, but it is on a different campus and focuses more on hotels. I left GMC confused and frustrated.

On the ride back home I realized how badly I want the real college experience. I want a real campus with dorms and a library. At New England Culinary Institute there is no campus. It is basically a restaurant that I would pay to work at and learn to run. I wouldn’t be sleeping in a dorm, but in a regular house that I would share with other people. It wouldn’t be bad, but it would be different from the way most people experience college.

I really hope I can figure something out soon. It seems like I need to look at some other colleges. Exactly what I didn’t want to do. The more I look at, the more stressed I get. Not to mention the scholarship applications I need to fill out regardless of which college I am going to. Those are already starting to pile up on my desk!

I did get my pendant from Such Pretty Colors today. That put a welcome smile on my face. =)


  1. You may want to take a look at Johnson and Wales University in Providence RI. Excellent Culunary school with a business program, too. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I heard it's a wicked big school though, and I am a lot more comfortable in a small class setting. I may end up looking there, who knows?

  3. Good Luck! College is an amazing experience and I hope you find something soon.

  4. Do not get too stressed with this, Tori, it's part of the process and nothing happens by chance, I learned this a long ago. Take a look at other campi with open haert, I'm sure you'll find exactly what you want in due time, give time a chance, it is wise!

    Oh, you already got your giveaway?? I haven't got mine yet, can't wait! Probably because I live in Brazil, it takes longer to get to my hands. I'm patient! hehehe


  5. Keep in mind that if you start at one school, and just hate it, you can always switch. Nothing says you have to stay at the same school for the whole 4 years.

    I envy you your college experience! It's something I didn't do until I was older and had kids - not exactly the whole dorm experience, lol. It was still a great experience, I love learning.

    Good luck! I'm sure you'll find a place that is just perfect for you!

  6. Tracy, there is nothing like going to university and throwing yourself into the experience. I wish I had been able to live on campus and do this. I hope you manage to make this work and find the right place for you.

    *waving from Ontario!*