Yale and Yapping

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Hi, New Haven!  You are windy and cold.  :)  VERY wind and cold.


I told you the snow banks were nearly as tall as me!


I slept well last night, considering I was in a hotel room (anther cool app you must download for you phone: Ambiance).  I woke up 45 minutes before my alarm and decided to squeeze in a workout.


I trudged downstairs to the hotel gym and banged out an awesome 3.0 mile speedwork session similar to this Progressive Speedwork workout.  I finished in 26:42 – its amazing how much faster I am on the treadmill!


I had to rush-rush-rush to get ready in time.  I hate when I’m still sweating when I hop OUT of the shower!  But I had a fun breakfast planned with some fellow bloggers and readers:


Sarah, me, Allison, Jennifer, and Jennifer.


We went to a little organic vegetarian place called Claire’s.  I was intimidated by the loooong menu.  Everything looked good!


I got the Eggs Florentine, which came with a side of spinach in cream sauce, sweet potato fries, and apple:




The food was pretty alright (the eggs were way overcooked… however, Claire’s got bonus points for being organic) but the conversation was awesome.  It’s so nice to meet people you’ve been communicating with over the Internet for so long!  I think we all had to tear ourselves away at the end of the meal – people had to get to class and work!


Allison gave me a mini-tour of the Yale campus.  I felt smarter just being there.



I rubbed this guy’s foot for good luck!


Fun fact: “Some time in the last ten years, someone invented a "tradition" of rubbing the toe of the Woolsey statue on the Old Campus for luck, explaining that students employ this practice before exams. Similar traditions exist at many other institutions, but it’s difficult to find an alumnus over the age of 30 who has ever heard about President Woolsey’s toe. Nevertheless, Yale tour guides spread the story diligently, inviting visitors to give it a try themselves. As a result, the statue, the rest of which is a dull gray-green, has a left toe that has been rubbed shiny, and the story seems for all practical purposes as old as the statue itself.”  Allison told me that Woolsey used to use his foot to push the crew team’s boat off the away from the dock, and every time he did this, they would win.  Fun urban legend!


I better prep for my presentation now.  See you this afternoon!


Question of the day:  What colleges did you apply to?  What was your first pick?  Where did you end up going?  I applied to:  University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, University of Florida, University of Miami, Washington St. Louis, and Boston.  My first pick was PITT and that’s where I went to school!  And not to hate on my Gator readers, but I would’ve rather shot myself than gone to UF.  ;)  (I have to say that because I’m a Hurricane fan!)



  • christine February 15, 2011, 11:01 am

    I applied to UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, USC and NYU. I got into all of them but ended up at UCLA, my first pick. Go Bruins!

    Man I miss college.

    • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) February 15, 2011, 12:20 pm

      wooohoo, go bruins! i miss it so much! when did you graduate?

      • christine February 15, 2011, 1:09 pm

        I graduated in 2005 with my BA in English. You? Your blog is interesting, by the way. I can’t want to stalk, I mean read, it 😉

        • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) February 15, 2011, 4:20 pm

          2008 with BA international development/political science. I loved that school. And stalk away… I’m stalking you right now. 😉

        • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:54 pm

          Hahah I love this exchange.

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 15, 2011, 11:05 am

    I can’t even remember all the places I applied to but Bryn Mawr all the way!

    • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 15, 2011, 2:49 pm

      I went to Ursinus College – close to Bryn Mawr!

      • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 15, 2011, 6:13 pm

        Oh yeah I know Ursinus! That’s cool!

        • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks February 15, 2011, 7:39 pm

          I am at Bryn Mawr right now! Love it.

  • Rachel February 15, 2011, 11:07 am

    I applied to two (and only two) colleges that were both about 45 minutes away from my home town. I got into both and went to my first choice, the university of North Texas.

    I chose those two because they didn’t require any college essays. True story.

    (I ended up majoying in philosophy and did SO MUCH writing. I guess that was payback for avoiding the essays on my application)

    • Anne February 15, 2011, 11:42 am

      My two didn’t require essays either, and I knew I would get into both!

    • JenATX February 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

      you were only 30 miles or so from me in Fort Worth! I only applied to TCU because I hated the application process haha. Go Frogs 🙂

    • Stephanie C February 15, 2011, 3:49 pm

      My sister in law went there and studied Vocal Jazz !
      Once I am done with my Masters, I want to go there and do their certification program for play therapy. Great school.

  • Chelsey (Cookteen) February 15, 2011, 11:09 am

    I applied to University of Michigan, Wisconsin, Tulane, Cornell, BU, Miami, UMD, Binghampton and Indiana. I was planning on applying to a lot more (Emory, tufts, lehigh, rochester) but I got into my early decision and will be attending there next fall 🙂

    • Jenna February 15, 2011, 2:12 pm

      Congratulations! Which one was your early decision?

      • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:55 pm

        Yea I wanna know too!

        • Chelsey (Cookteen) February 15, 2011, 10:24 pm

          cornell!! I can’t wait! But the cold is gonna be rough…

  • Julie @ Shining From Within February 15, 2011, 11:10 am

    I want to rub his foot! That’s so awesome you toured the Yale campus :D. I love little organic places like that too. The menus are so long though it usually takes me a half hour to decided haha. That’s why I like to look up the menu before time so I’m not stalling the entire groups meal lol.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    I ended up going to my top choice journalism school at the University of Maryland but also applied to UVA, George Washington, American and (randomly) Princeton.

    • Susan - Nurse on the Run February 15, 2011, 4:37 pm

      Go Terps!! I graduated in 2007…my decision was a fierce battle between UMD and GW, but I’m sooo glad I chose Maryland!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 15, 2011, 11:12 am

    I applied to two: University of Michigan and Michigan State University. In MI, we had a program where a parent could pay into their child’s college fund for years with some added benefits, so I pretty much had to go in-state.

    MSU was my safety school. However, I was accepted into U of M and went there, and it was a dream come true! I’ll bleed maize and blue forever!

    • Amanda February 15, 2011, 2:59 pm

      Go Blue! I went to U of M, too, and benefited from the Michigan Education Trust. I also applied, and was accepted, to Washington University, Emory, and Northwestern, but being close to home was the deciding factor. My parents were happy the MET investment paid off!

      • Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 15, 2011, 3:22 pm

        YES the MET! I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was. Go blue!

    • Rachel February 15, 2011, 3:20 pm

      i also turned down northwestern, emory, and washu to go to michigan… along with vanderbilt, duke, and NYU. im out of state but i thought michigan had the best mix of academics/social life out of the schools i got into. GO BLUE!

      • Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 15, 2011, 3:23 pm

        Good decision! 🙂 Go blue!

        • Melissa February 15, 2011, 4:22 pm

          I got to Michigan too! GO BLUE 🙂

        • Colleen February 15, 2011, 5:30 pm

          I go to Michigan now for grad school–LOVE!

      • Chelsey (Cookteen) February 15, 2011, 10:28 pm

        That’s amazing! Glad you had the courage to go to a school you knew had balance. University of Michigan is an AMAZING school and I still want to go so badly even though I enrolled somewhere else (that I LOVE too…just no work/social balance)

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 15, 2011, 11:12 am

    I was super lazy about applying to college… I only applied to 3… GWU, NYU, and McGill. I ended up at GWU and couldn’t be happier!

    • lindsay February 15, 2011, 2:00 pm

      I went to GW, also! My first choice was University of Pennsylvania, but I didn’t get in. GWU was an amazing school though and DC is still home so I am glad I ended up there!

  • Amy* February 15, 2011, 11:13 am

    I already know the story about the toe because I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan!

    I applied to 3 schools, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, and Baylor University. I attended Texas Tech because that’s where my high school sweethearted wanted to go. I loved it there and now we’re married!*

    • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment February 15, 2011, 11:20 am

      I thought the same thing about the toe and Gilmore Girls!

      • Stephanie February 15, 2011, 1:30 pm

        Me three! I was so excited to see you touched the toe!

    • SaraRM February 15, 2011, 11:27 am

      GUNS UP! 🙂

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 15, 2011, 11:14 am

    How fun! Breakfast looks great. Glad you fit in a workout–I find my days are always better when I can do that.

  • Erin February 15, 2011, 11:15 am

    Funny story about the foot rubbing! Amazing how those things become tradition so quickly.

    I only applied to one college (Miami University) so that’s where I went. I visited several others but Miami was the only one I really liked.

  • Britne @ Shabbott's Habits February 15, 2011, 11:15 am

    I applied to Grove City College and Penn State. I went to Penn State. However, my sister went to PITT. That kinda made us enemies for a while…jk.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 15, 2011, 11:15 am

    I only applied to the Univ of Minnesota and I got in, so that was that!

    I loved reading that shoe/toe story — how hilarious!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 15, 2011, 11:16 am

    I applied to SO many colleges: 11 or 12 and I had no idea where I wanted to go!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 15, 2011, 11:16 am

    The treadmill is SO deceptive, isn’t it? I feel so fast until I’m outside again…

    My first choice was initially UPenn, then for a really stupid reason (boys…I learned my lesson, believe me) it changed to Carnegie Mellon. I transferred out after a year there, and then my tops were NYU and Georgetown. Got into both, and picked NYU because it would save me 90 grand to graduate in 2011 here instead of 2013 at Georgetown. And I’m so happy with my choice!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 15, 2011, 11:16 am

    I applied twice- because I transferred. The first go around (high school senior) I applied to Winthrop University (where I went for a year), Coastal Carolina University, Francis Marion, University of Florida (only because I grew up in Gainesville), University of West Florida, and DeSales University. I got into all! 😀

    The second go around (I transferred after my first year!- I applied to Catholic University of America, University of Tampa, and Jacksonville University.And I got into all of them too.

    And now I am getting ready to start applying to grad schools. UNC is at the top of my list! 😀

  • Lauren February 15, 2011, 11:17 am

    I applied to 5 – Villanova, Boston College, UVM, UNH, and UConn and got into all of them. I chose Villanova, but I transferred to UVM this year. At nova, they always tell people on tours that if you have your first kiss near the “whispering arch,” you’ll end up marrying that person. The waiting list for the church on-campus is also apparently 5 years long cause so many grads end up getting married in the beautiful church. They tell people to sign up in advance, then find a husband!

    • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment February 15, 2011, 11:31 am

      I didn’t apply to UVM, since I was originally intent on a more urban campus, but once I had the time of my life at UNH and then visited Burlington last year, I wished I had! It’s gorgeous up there!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 15, 2011, 11:18 am

    That is a lot of snow! I applied to 4 different universities within about a 6 hour drive of each other (I lived in the Middle East at the time but all 4 were here in Ontario, which is where my mum’s family live). I got accepted by all of them but picked my first choice – which I hadn’t even heard of until I visited one summer and my aunt took me on a tour. It was a smaller university but I loved how there was an actual sense of community, rather than that whole ‘just a number’ feel.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 15, 2011, 11:19 am

    I applied to The University of the South, UGA and The Art Institute of Atlanta. I with to The Art Institute for their culinary school. I wish I would have studied nutrition now, but I have to focus on my kids education funds now (well at least in the next 5 years). Good luck today!

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment February 15, 2011, 11:19 am

    I applied to Boston College, Boston University, Villanova and, under threat of having to pay my admission fees myself, the University of New Hampshire as the ultimate safety school (I grew up in NH, and declared I would rather go to college in a cardboard box than my state U). My dad is a BC alumnus and I grew up bleeding maroon and gold, so I was devastated when I didn’t get in. Thankfully, I got my acceptance to BU the same day, and waitlisted at Villanova the day after. After all that, though, the FinAid at BU sucked, and I ended up at UNH anyway (I got into Villanova the day I moved into UNH). Despite my vehement pre-freshman intentions to transfer out, I never did get around to it… and they had to pry my fingers from the statue of the UNH Wildcat to get me to leave campus on graduation day. 🙂 Go ‘cats!

  • Vikki February 15, 2011, 11:20 am

    I applied to Clemson, Winthrop, and Francis Marion (local school near home). All were in-state per my parents instructions that they wouldn’t pay for me to go out of state. It didn’t matter though. Clemson was my first choice and has been since I was born. My blood runs orange. My dad graduated from there. I wore “I’m a Little Tiger” T-shirts and drank from a Clemson bottle. I was born to go there so that is what I did and I loved every second.

    • Anne February 15, 2011, 11:45 am

      My fiance went to Clemson. He loved it! GO TIGERS!

  • Kara February 15, 2011, 11:21 am

    I applied to a ton of schools: Cornell, George Mason, VA Tech, William and Mary, UT Austin, UC Davis, and more that I don’t remember 🙂

    I went to George Mason University, go Patriots!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic February 15, 2011, 11:22 am

    Aww, looks like a fun time! I applied to all the colleges within a 3 hour radius, but NOT the ones directly in my hometown – I wanted to get OUT (but not too far out!)

  • Julia February 15, 2011, 11:22 am

    I applied to mostly really small schools: Dickinson College in PA, Hobart William Smith, Muhlenburg, Franklin and Marshall, Lehigh and Mt. Holyoke. I got into Dickinson and it was my first choice. I loved my entire time there and still wish I was there!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks February 15, 2011, 11:25 am

    I knew I wasn’t going to be able to fund college anywhere but at home, so I only applied to San Francisco State…luckily, I really enjoyed my time there. The only thing I really think I missed out on was the “college life” that people talk about. SFSU is a commuter school, for the most part. I lived at home and I really just went to class and got out of there. This meant that I only made a couple of college friends and have none of those fun college memories people seem to have.

    I knew the story about Woolsey toe from watching Gilmore Girls! I can hear Rory Gilmore talking about in my head as I type! 😀

  • Maryann February 15, 2011, 11:25 am

    I only applied to one school- University of Washington…One of the benefits of being recruited as an athlete is that you don’t have to apply until you sign a letter of intent with the team and then they flag your application so you get in no matter what 🙂

  • Orla February 15, 2011, 11:28 am

    I applied to a number of colleges – we have a different system here in Ireland. I was offered 2 places in colleges in England (Royal Agricultural College being one)
    I turned them down to go to NUI Galway to study Law and Politics. My mother grew up in Galway and we had spent summers there growing up so it was kind of like going home in a way. Loved it but would have loved to try the UK for college. my career would have been very very different had I taken up the offer.

  • Molly February 15, 2011, 11:28 am

    I appled to Rice University early decision and ended up being accepted and going there. I also applied to Emory, St. Louis University, U Penn, Brown, Vanderbilt, and University of Missouri-Columbia. After getting accepted to Rice, I had to withdraw from all the other schools, though, so I’ll never know where else I got in!

    • Liza February 15, 2011, 12:48 pm

      My husband went to Rice! He LOVED it and still talks about it like it was the best time of his life.

  • Maggie February 15, 2011, 11:28 am

    I applied early decision to Mt. Holyoke, got in, and went there. I couldn’t have been happier! I halfheartedly applied to a few other schools but I don’t even remember what they were now.

    Isn’t the Yale campus so pretty? I really like it there.

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:56 pm

      It is gorgeous! Like Harry Potter.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 15, 2011, 11:29 am

    The snowbanks where I live are taller then me! It’s ridiculous!

    Cute jackets! 😀

  • Victoria February 15, 2011, 11:30 am

    I visited a number of Virginia schools my junior year and crossed everything off my list except William & Mary. It was the only place I wanted to go, so I applied early and got in and loved it!

    Virginia has such amazing in state schools for (comparatively now) such good cost, if you’re a resident it almost doesn’t make sense to leave. When I graduated in 2005 a year in-state with room & board was still only 12 grand–not cheap, but not bad for one of the top small schools in the country!

  • Stephanie February 15, 2011, 11:32 am

    One of my biggest not-regrets but re-wish…I didn’t apply anywhere and could have gone almost anywhere. 🙁

  • Caitlin @ TPL February 15, 2011, 11:33 am

    I applied to all tiny liberal arts schools and ended up at Beloit College (in WI, student population 1,200).
    Did you know that Hartford has had a really progressive food systems since the 70s and has done a lot of work in trying to end food desserts and provide food to low income families in food desserts? You should check of Mark Winne’s work and “Closing the Food Gap”!


    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:56 pm

      Ooo very interesting – I shall check this out!

  • SaraRM February 15, 2011, 11:33 am

    Baylor University, Texas Tech and North Texas(hometown school DID NOT want to go but applied anyway). Texas Tech Alum!

  • Kelly February 15, 2011, 11:33 am

    Cute gloves! Looks chilly up there! Let’s see I applied to UCONN, JMU, Loyola, Ohio State, Boston College, Penn State, Richmond, William and Mary, and two more that I can’t remember. It was a toss up between UCONN and JMU and I chose JMU!

    • Jenn February 15, 2011, 9:04 pm

      woo! go duuuuukes 🙂 🙂

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews February 15, 2011, 11:34 am

    Looks like a woderful breakfast!

  • Lizzy @ runbakerace February 15, 2011, 11:34 am

    I applied to Smith College, Mt. Holyoke, Dickinson, St. Olaf and Beloit College. I got into Smith and that’s where I went!

    • Britney February 15, 2011, 12:58 pm

      Me too! I also applied to Beloit and grew up in the town that Dickinson is in. Now I need to check out your blog. 🙂

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011, 11:35 am

    My dream was to go to school in a big city, but I settled on the University Of Tennessee- close to home, cheap, and quality. It worked out well!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 15, 2011, 11:35 am

    I went straight to community college, but I wish I had gone to a university! It must have been exciting to choose where you want to apply 🙂

  • Casey February 15, 2011, 11:37 am

    Hey Caitlin–do you set the treadmill at an incline at all when you do a run like that? Just curious!

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:57 pm

      No but I guess I should, shouldn’t I?

  • Krista (kristastes) February 15, 2011, 11:41 am

    I had a completely random assortment of colleges because I didn’t know if I wanted big, small, liberal arts, etc. I applied to Bowdoin, UNH, Hamilton, Colgate, Penn State, Loyola Maryland, UNC and Colorado College. I got in everywhere except Bowdoin and I went to Penn State…it was actually my ultimate backup until I visited and fell in love immediately. I’m so glad I ended up there because they have the most amazing alumni connection (and football games)!

  • Anne February 15, 2011, 11:41 am

    You think that’s tall? Check out our pile in Boston!
    It actually got even higher after the February storm, when it was taller than my fiance (who is 6’3″).

    I only applied to Ohio State and Purdue. Got into both, and went to my first choice, Purdue (for considerably more money).

    • Jen February 16, 2011, 1:28 pm

      Ha, not to be competing for ridiculous snow piles, but this is one of my parents’ neighborhood piles in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! (My mom is normally 5’9″ standing up.)


      • Anne February 16, 2011, 3:21 pm

        Oh yeah . . . well . . .

        Seriously, this winter has been ridiculous in the Northeast. Time for spring.

  • Sara February 15, 2011, 11:41 am

    I applied to seven schools: University of Vermont, Ithaca College, Elmira University, and four SUNYs: Fredonia, ESF, Binghamton, and Albany. I had no idea what I was doing! I couldn’t afford my first choices (UVM and Ithaca) anyway. And then I get wait listed and denied to Binghamton, so I went to Albany for a year and lived at home (wasn’t happy about it). I ended up getting accepted to Binghamton for my sophomore year, and I graduated from there ten years ago this year! Yikes.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 15, 2011, 11:43 am

    Yale looks so beautiful!! I knew about that foot thing from an episode of Gilmore Girls. Rory takes a high schooler around and shows her all the main sites. Anyhoo, looks like you had a good time!

  • Ashley February 15, 2011, 11:48 am

    I applied to 8 schools I think, and a few were way out of my league but I knew if I got accepted I could get a scholarship. My top choices were UNC, and Wake Forest, I got waitlisted for Wake Forest, and I ended up going to UNCW which was a back up. I love being here though and I’m glad I got accepted. 😀

  • Fit Chick Britt February 15, 2011, 11:54 am

    I think I only applied to a few Texas A&M, Texas State, Sam Houston State University, and Texas Christian University. I got acce[ted to all of them but I had to go with Sam Houston (funny b/c that was where I didn’t really even want to go) but they offered me a full academic scholarship I couldn’t pass up.

  • Melissa February 15, 2011, 11:58 am

    What a fun question! I applied to Boston Univ, Florida State, Auburn and the Univ of Alabama. I was accepted to all of them and even though BU was #1, it was never a realistic pick for me b/c of the $$. I grew up in Auburn and was (am) a huge fan and even though most of my family are Auburn alums I could not image High School Part Deux. I ended up at FSU, my #1 realistic pick (out of state tuition and all and the one that offered the least aid) b/c I majored in music and it was the strongest of the 3 schools. I am still so grateful that my family sacrificed and afforded me that wonderful opportunity…I loved it!

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:57 pm

      Supportive families rule!

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) February 15, 2011, 11:58 am

    i applied to university of wisconsin, notre dame, washington university in st. louis, macalister college, lawrence university, and carleton college (all midwest schools!). wash u was my top pick & that’s where i went! 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 15, 2011, 11:59 am

    I applied to Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, Wake Forest, TCU, Vanderbilt and one other place…ended up at ND!

    • Katie February 15, 2011, 12:49 pm

      Go Irish! I’m at ND right now!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 15, 2011, 11:59 am

    I only applied to UNM for my undergrad because they had a great medical school (I wanted to be a doctor at the time. My, how things have changed). Then I applied and went to UF because of their environmental engineering program.

    I never understood the rivalry between all the Florida schools. We just don’t have that in the SW. However, my husband was not very happy about the UF thing since he is from Florida and he is a Seminole fan. His family is split. Mom’s side–Seminoles Dad’s side: Gators. Crazy!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit February 15, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I only applied to one school Gordon College in MA, although I looked at a bunch. I went there for 2 years and then transferred to UNH so I would be in-state.

  • Chelsey February 15, 2011, 12:02 pm

    haha just a warning, caitlin, but i have a friend who is an undergrad at harvard and they have a similar tradition of tourists, etc. rubbing the foot of a statue…and one of the “do it before you graduate” dares is for students to pee on it! not that they do it at yale, but a good thing to know, right? 🙂

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:58 pm

      hahahah i love that. I had a glove on!!!!!

  • Alaina February 15, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Gooo WashU! I’ve always been told upper upperclassmen pee on the statue’s foot to be funny because it’s usually only underclassmen who rub the foot for luck. I don’t know if that’s true or not though.

  • Anna @ History Running Girl February 15, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I went to Washington University St. Louis! It was my first choice, and I applied early decision. So when I got in I went.

    Since I got in in December, I hadn’t really applied anywhere else.

    I’m so happy with my decision.

  • Katherine: Unemployed February 15, 2011, 12:10 pm

    oh applying college; what a funny topic to think back to! I love reading these comments

  • Amanda February 15, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I ONLY applied to PITT!! And that’s where I went! Both my parents went there, as did my grandfather!

    I miss Oakland!

    When did you go to Pitt?

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:58 pm

      2002 – 2006! You?

  • Lily's Health Pad February 15, 2011, 12:15 pm

    I applied to Clemson, USC, Furman, Purdue, University of Kentucky, Kansas University, and Notre Dame. (Can you tell I had NO idea where I wanted to go to school?) I got accepted to all the schools I applied to. Notre Dam was my top pick, but they do not give academic scholarhips..only need-based, so I chose Furman because I was offered a scholarship. (Bad decision…I hated it there and transferred to Clemson my sophomore year.) I often wonder what my life would’ve been like at my dream school, BUT I’m SO glad I didn’t go! $120,000 in student loans would’ve been the stupidest decision of my life.

  • Lily's Health Pad February 15, 2011, 12:15 pm

    I applied to Clemson, USC, Furman, Purdue, University of Kentucky, Kansas University, and Notre Dame. (Can you tell I had NO idea where I wanted to go to school?) I got accepted to all the schools I applied to. Notre Dame was my top pick, but they do not give academic scholarhips..only need-based, so I chose Furman because I was offered a scholarship. (Bad decision…I hated it there and transferred to Clemson my sophomore year.) I often wonder what my life would’ve been like at my dream school, BUT I’m SO glad I didn’t go! $120,000 in student loans would’ve been the stupidest decision of my life.

  • Maria February 15, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Nice, I go to Carnegie Mellon. Haha I love when you talk about Pittsburgh, ’cause everything’s probably two seconds from where I am. 😀

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:59 pm

      CMU is awesome!

  • Dez @ Dezolutions February 15, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I live in Boston, and these banks are NO joke! They’ve melted in the last week, thank god, but they are between 6-7ft tall!

    I applied to UMASS Amherst, Quinnipiac, Florida State. I got in to all of them and decided on Amherst! Best decision ever. Close enough to home so I wouldn’t miss my friends and family too much, but far enough away that I could get away from my friends and family 🙂

    • kristin point February 15, 2011, 1:30 pm

      Go umass I went there, graduated ’08! Transferred from Quinnipiac- too small.

  • Jennie @ Designed to Be Fit February 15, 2011, 12:20 pm

    When I was a kid I used to say I wanted to go to Yale, but only because it was the only big college name I knew! lol I ended up going to an in-state school, but Yale has such a beautiful campus!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) February 15, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I applied to nine (Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, SDSU, Univ. of San Diego, Pepperdine, USC), got in everywhere but Stanford (no surprise), ended up at UCLA. Wanted to go to USC at first, but I freaking loved UCLA and kind of wish I could have gone there forever.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 15, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Good luck in your presentation!

    I applied to three schools– Furman, LSU, and College of Charleston– but I KNEW that CofC was the school for me. And as soon as I got my acceptance letter, I checked YES!!!

    • Kristen Schaffer February 16, 2011, 9:00 am

      I’m a junior at CofC right now!
      Best decision I’ve made!

  • Britney February 15, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I applied to Pitt too, but I had no plans to ever go there. I also applied to Smith, University of Chicago, Beloit, Washington College, and St. Joseph’s. I went to Smith, my first choice!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 15, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Yale’s campus is so beautiful – but they didn’t have my program (nuclear engineering) – so I wound up applying to essentially the only schools that had the program in the late 90s: MIT, Michigan, Wisconsin, Berkeley (I skipped Illinois because…well…it’s Illinois). I got lucky and got into all of them, and ran off to MIT.

  • Evan Thomas February 15, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I remember the application process like it was yesterday(Probably because it was 2 years ago). I had a long list of 12 or so schools I can’t even remember. On a whim I applied to Brown early just for kicks and giggles–I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go. I got accepted in December, which was a shock to us all, and then my mind was made up for me. It all worked out for the better and I didn’t have to fill out any other applications.

  • Elisabeth February 15, 2011, 12:28 pm

    I applied to Michigan State, Ohio State, Bowling Green State, University of Findlay. I got into all of them, but I ended up at BGSU, where I graduated from in 2004. I miss college, and often think about going back for more education – I miss taking classes! Doing the same thing everyday at a job is a bit boring for me…

    • Alaina February 15, 2011, 12:33 pm

      I went to BGSU too!! I loved it there, so fun.

      • Elisabeth February 15, 2011, 4:02 pm

        Yay! Another Falcon!

  • Paige (Moxie and Marmalade) February 15, 2011, 12:28 pm

    I applied to college twice because I transferred. The first time around I applied to 10+ schools but ended up going to Bowdoin in Maine. After 2 years there, I realized it wasn’t for me (too small of a school..1600 students…in too small of a town) so I applied to UVA, GWU, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt to transfer. Got into all but UVA (waitlisted, boo). I ended up at Vandy for my last 2 years and I loved it there!

  • Elisabeth February 15, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Oh, forgot I applied to Brown, too – basically just a fun- need to apply to an Ivy to see if I get in-school 😉

  • Jenna February 15, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I love your jacket Caitlin!

    I applied to two places but I only wanted to go to the first one. My dad was upset about me moving so I applied to the college in my hometown as well. But I got in to my first choice and am now attending the University of Calgary.

    We have something similar to the statue thing here. There’s this big metal statue called The Zipper because it looks like a zipper pull. Students touch it during exams and it’s supposed to bring good luck. Except to engineering students, because they apparently took the entire thing apart once as a prank and weren’t able to put it back together. The school eventually had to call the artist to come and fix it.

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 5:59 pm

      Hahah that’s awesome.

  • Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) February 15, 2011, 12:34 pm

    It’s so cool that you went to Pitt! 🙂 My whole family went there and my grandpa was a professor there for years. I almost went there too, but ended up at Duquesne. Yale looks gorgeous! 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 15, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Your red flats(?) are so adorable poking out from your pants! I love colorful shoes that really pop almost as much as I like blogger/reader get togethers in real life!

  • Kacy February 15, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I would love to visit Yale campus. Reminds me of Gilmore Girls, haha.

    I was too afraid to apply anywhere out of state, so I only applied to one school – University of Oklahoma, and that’s where I went. It’s all good though because I have been a die-hard Sooner fan since I was little and becoming an Sooner alumnus was awesome.

    • Marissa C February 15, 2011, 2:51 pm

      Boomer Sooner! I applied to OU with Texas A&M as a backup…I didn’t even visit the campus. I got National Merit, so OU was a no-brainer, sweet deal. My husband proposed at the spoonholder and two of my younger siblings are there now. If the next two go, my parents will have a child at OU for 14 YEARS STRAIGHT! Another fun fact–mist sister was placed in the dorm room next to mine 2 years ago, my brother was placed in the same dorm ROOM as I was 4 years earlier. Crazy!

  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. February 15, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I ONLY applied to the University of Texas at Austin. Good thing I got in. 🙂

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life February 15, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I applied early decision to Furman University and was accepted. No other applications for me! Although I did visit a bunch of other schools: Muhlenberg, Bucknell, Loyola, Lafayette, Dickinson, all in PA! I ended up falling in love with Furman as soon as I saw that darn fountain at the entrance. 🙂

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 15, 2011, 2:38 pm

      HAAA that’s the same thing that happened to me! I visited something crazy like 18 schools (all throughout New England and the midwest) and my mom was like whyyyy don’t we visit a few Southern schools, too. She nearly dragged me kicking and screaming but once I got to the last school, Furman… I knew it was where I wanted to be! Totally fell in love with the campus

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

    That breakfast looks so good! I applied to University of ILlinois, Illinois State University, and North Central College. I about locked myself in my room for the rest of my life when I didn’t get into U of I (when my credentials were DEFINITELY qualified) but it turned out better because I changed my major to education and ISU has one of the best programs in the nation!

    • Marta February 16, 2011, 5:29 pm

      I’m from IL, as it sounds like you are too, and I had several friends just flat out get rejected… GPAs not much lower than me, lots of activities… Sometimes with selective state schools, you cannot take it personally! (Well I guess that’s true anywhere). It’s very weird. ISU is so great for teaching though! And it sounds like it worked out so well for you 🙂

  • Liza February 15, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I didn’t really apply to schools in the normal way as I was an athlete and planned on competing in college. I ended up going to Princeton because I liked the athletic program there. The sad part is that I hurt myself my freshman year and was unable to compete a single day as a college athlete. I transfered schools my sophomore year and graduated from Brown. Was much happier there.

  • LIz February 15, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I applied to UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Long Beach and Cal Poly. I didn’t really have a top choice, and just picked the the top schools and schools where I liked the location (aka near the beach – which was ironic b/c I ended up at Cal Poly and hardly went to the beach ever). I was lucky that I liked Cal Poly since I decided to go there without ever even visiting the school. What can I say, I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl!

  • Jill E. February 15, 2011, 1:16 pm

    yay clairs and new haven! i am from a surrounding town but there was no way i was applying to yale i was not the best student in high school and because of that and my neurotic parents i applied to like 12 schools on the east coast and one in ohio (gilford, denison, unh, uvm, ithaca, hampshire and more, i cant even remember) i ended up getting into very few 4 and picking hampshire (couple other valley kids here) and could not have been happier.

  • Camille February 15, 2011, 1:27 pm

    My sister is applying to Yale like the smart cookie she is 🙂 I ended up going to the University of San Francisco my Freshman year, but I didn’t like it. After a few sidesteps, I am now at Oregon State University and I looove it!

  • kristin point February 15, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I applied to Gettysburg, Loyola Maryland, Providence, Marist and Quinnipiac U out of high school and got waitlisted to ALL of them. Nightmare haha! I ended up getting off the waitlist at Quinnipiac, went there for a semester and hated it since half of my catholic high school went there and the school was so small. I applied to Syracuse, Umass and University of Delaware for transfer and got into all of them 🙂 I wanted ‘cuse because my Dad went there but I picked Umass because the price out of state wasn’t that steep and I LOVED the school and Western Massachusetts area!

  • kristin February 15, 2011, 1:38 pm

    hahaha i would feel smarter just being on the yale campus too!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 15, 2011, 1:39 pm

    So fun! I’m glad you emailed me last night and I could make it! xo

  • lauren February 15, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Proud SMITH COLLEGE alumna!! Go Pioneers! First choice all the way.

  • ashmastandrea February 15, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I applied to a TON of schools. None of them were in my home state of Illinois!

    University of Oregon, U of Iowa, Purdue, Miami of Ohio, Indiana University…I can’t even remember the rest.

    I ended up at University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in May 2007 from the best Journalism school in the country! WOOT WOOT! 😀

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Urban legends are so much fun! Sounds like an awesome run this morning… Treadmills always help me keep my speed up too.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 15, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I know what you mean feeling smarter on campuses like that. We toured Stanford while in CA and I felt the same way. 😛

  • Emily February 15, 2011, 2:06 pm

    Welcome to the snow covered northeast! I’m so jealous that you are at Yale, I’ve never been there. I applied to Colby College, Tufts University, Northeastern University, UMass, URI and Quinnipiac. I went to Northeastern for one year and HATED it and transferred to Emmanuel College, a tiny Catholic college in Boston; one of the best decisions I have ever made 🙂

  • Kiran February 15, 2011, 2:07 pm

    That snow reminded me of my recent trip to New York. So much snow 🙂

  • Mellissa February 15, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I love reading where everyone applied to college- for my BA I applied to Carroll College, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Auburn and Clemson. I choose the University of Minnesota. For my MBA I was planning on staying in Minneapolis so that really limited my choices!

  • Bethany February 15, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I applied to one college and decided if I didn’t get in there I would just go to a local junior college. Well, somehow, I got accepted. Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a small-ish college in the heart of a tiny community. I loved being there and while I totally took it for granted attending and studying I am so glad that I finished. While I’m not using my degree at all – I realize that without it I wouldn’t be where I am today.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 15, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Did you get a sweatshirt??? I went to Boston in high school to tour BU… but I bought a Harvard sweatshirt while in town. I still wear it in hopes that someone will think I went there. 🙂

    Cheers to being a Gator-Hater! I went to FSU and UGA for undergrad, then Georgia Tech. I’m touring Southeastern colleges – haha.

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 6:00 pm

      I shouldve gotten one!

  • Kelly February 15, 2011, 2:26 pm

    What a fun tour!!! I applied to SMU, UT, A&M, and Texa Tech. I got into all 4 and ended up chosing Texas A&M. I REALLY REALLY wanted to go to SMU but it was a private school and went you put pen to paper my parents just could not afford to send me there.

  • Lee February 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

    I applied to UVM, Skidmore, PITT and Beloit College. I went to UVM.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 15, 2011, 2:35 pm

    HAHA love that you feel smarter by just being at Yale, I’m sure I would, too!

    I applied to Miami of Ohio, Syracuse, Hobart & William Smith, Elon, and Furman (and I think one more but I can’t remember)…got into all of them. Furman was my top choice, and I got in early decision so I ended up going there! Been down South ever since 🙂

  • Johanna B February 15, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I applied to two – Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA (where Steel Magnolias was filmed) and Southwestern at Memphis which is now called something else. I got into both. Went to Northwestern. I was in the same class as Bobby Harling who wrote Steel Magnolias. We didn’t know one another.

  • Amanda February 15, 2011, 2:59 pm

    You’re so cute! All the snow from the first blizzard this winter was errr migrated to an empty lot in South Buffalo…. OMG. The boyfriend and I think it will still be around come June!

    I wasn’t too crazy about applying to colleges when I was in high school. I applied (with no enthusiasm) to The University at Buffalo (UB) and to no surprise did not get in. I also didn’t have money for a big university so I got my start at a community college. Got an associates and transfered into UB (oh the irony!) and finished my BS. Sometimes I wish my college ‘experience’ was more like friends experiences but wouldn’t trade for the student loan debt. The best part was having a job straight out of college!

    • Jen February 15, 2011, 6:57 pm

      I’m at UB right now for grad school!

  • Molly February 15, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I actually am at Yale! Too bad I missed you! Anyways, Claire’s is my go-to place. If you are ever back, you should try their bread and veggie burgers – so delicious!

  • Alaina February 15, 2011, 3:06 pm

    HEY. I am a GATOR and PROUD of it! I have no hate for Miami since we have beaten you guys down every year since I’ve been a fan ;]

    I actually applied to Florida State, University of Florida, Sarah Lawrence College, and College of William and Mary and got into all four. I REALLYYYY wanted to go to SLC, but it was $$$ so I went to my third choice…UF. If you’d asked me when I was applying to schools, I would have said the same thing as you (would have rather shot myself than gone to UF) but now I absolutely love being a Gator and wouldn’t trade my four years for the world ♥

  • Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds February 15, 2011, 3:07 pm

    OMG… snow and eggs florentine in one post… I love you!!! 🙂 Okay… I’m not weird… I promise! I went to University of California in Irvine… not my first or even my second pick… HA! My first picks were ivy league schools on the east coast. Got wait listed for all of them… then eventually rejected by all of them… and joined the losers at UCI. Just kidding! 😉

    • Florence February 15, 2011, 3:20 pm

      Hahaha, I’m from UCI as well 🙂

  • Amber K February 15, 2011, 3:09 pm

    I could only afford community college and the one I applied to accepted me. Umm…yay? lol

  • Florence February 15, 2011, 3:19 pm

    What a great way to connect your readers! I’m from UCI !!!

  • kate February 15, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Last time I was in New Haven I ran into Harrison Ford. No big deal.

  • Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect February 15, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Looks like you gals had a nice breakfast. I wish I could have joined you, but I work about as south as you can go in CT (right on the NY border) and unfortunately had to be in early. 🙁

    I only applied to 3 colleges and ended up at the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!). Being so sheltered growing up I knew that I had to be at least a few hour drive from home. I also ended up going to Sacred Heart University, where I ended up graduating from, when I ended up encountering some health issues. I had a great experience at both, even though they were completely different. Ah, the good ol’ days!

  • Kait's Pursuit of Health February 15, 2011, 3:50 pm

    You applied to so many good schools! I was the confused child and went to a local community college my first two years. I did want to go to University of Kentucky or University of Iowa. Things didn’t work out that way, obviously. Now, I am at Illinois State University and am happy as a clam here! I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else :]

  • Ella February 15, 2011, 3:54 pm

    I applied to Syracuse, UVM, Umass Amherst, Northeastern, and Quinnipiac. I go to QU, which is Yales neighbor. New Haven was awfuly cold today, I had clinical at Yale New Haven Hospital and the walk from my car to the hospital was terrible!

  • annette February 15, 2011, 3:59 pm

    I applied to two schools and got into my top pick! BYU baby 🙂

  • Katharine February 15, 2011, 4:02 pm

    Caitlin! I had no idea you were stopping at Yale on your trip to New Haven! Allison is one of the freshman counselors for Branford, so I know her. 🙂

    I love Claires! Didn’t they tell you to have the Lithuanian coffee cake for breakfast? Oh it is AMAZING!

    It’s is such a wonderful small world. I remember reading your blog and seeing you go to Santa Rosa, CA. (I believe the Flying Goat Coffee Shop?) I was feeling homesick (I am a freshman at Yale) and it was so comforting seeing you go to one of my favorite haunts. 🙂

    Next time!

    – Katharine

    • Caitlin February 15, 2011, 6:01 pm

      🙂 I can go to all your fav places! We should meet up at some point!!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 15, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Have fun during your presentation!!! 🙂

  • Stephanie C February 15, 2011, 4:27 pm

    How fun!
    I went to a Community College, because I had no idea what I really wanted to do. Then I applied to one college, basically to get far enough away from my family – Biola! I got accepted and graduate in ’08. I had great friends, and my program was great, but I really didn’t enjoy the people there.
    For grad school, I also only applied to one school – Pepperdine. I am currently in my first year and I love pretty much everything about it. The grad program is much different than undergrad – there isn’t any religion involved and there is lots of diversity.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 15, 2011, 4:33 pm

    We had a similar tradition at Ball State except it was to rub Frog Baby’s nose – the only hard part was she was in the middle of a fountain 🙂

    I applied to Ball State, Lipscomb, Indiana University, and the University of Florida haha

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run February 15, 2011, 4:42 pm

    I knew about the toe thing because of Gilmore Girls…love it!

    I applied to the University of Illinois, Purdue, Wash U, Pitt, the University of Maryland, and GWU. At the end I could barely decide between GW and Maryland, but I wanted a school with a football team, so I went to Maryland and loved every second of it!

  • Lizzy February 15, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I applied to about 6 different schools and I was dead set on going out of state. Definetly wish I would’ve stayed in state, seeing as my student loans are crazy!

  • Rochel February 15, 2011, 4:53 pm

    The toe tradition was in an episode of Gilmore Girls – I’m not sure if that’s where it got its start.

    I only applied to one school. University of Florida – thankfully I got in. Go Gators.

  • Rochel February 15, 2011, 4:53 pm

    The toe tradition was in an episode of Gilmore Girls – I’m not sure if that’s where it got its start.

    I only applied to one school. University of Florida – thankfully I got in. Go Gators.

  • Parita@myinnershakti February 15, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I applied to all Georgia schools – UGA, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State. I ended up going to UGA — GOOOOO DAWGS!!!! I’m with you on the Gators — BOOO 🙂

  • Jenn February 15, 2011, 5:23 pm

    There is a statue of St Peter in the Vatican that people have been rubbing the right foot of for luck for centuries. Maybe its an offshoot of that?

  • Lida (Octopus Gourmet) February 15, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Caitlin: if you like vegetarian sushi, you absolutely MUST go to Miya’s in New Haven.
    It’ll blow your mind and make you question the whole definition of “sushi.” Sushi with whole grains and roasted eggplant, wrapped in grape leaves and drizzled with olive oil… and many more delicious creations.

  • faith February 15, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I only applied to the University of Utah because that’s where my heart was set on going (for their modern dance department). My boyfriend and I packed my car and moved to Utah days before school started just hoping that I would indeed get accepted at the last audition of the year. I graduated in 2005 and never once second guessed my decision!

  • Emily February 15, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I’m in the process of deciding where to apply now! I loved reading these comments. I want to study nutrition (hence why a high school Junior reads healthy living blogs..) and UNC has a great program, but is very hard to get into nowadays. Clemson will probably be #2!

    • Mary February 15, 2011, 6:15 pm

      Go for the UNC application – I went to Carolina and loved it! It’s an awesome school, and so much cheaper than going private (even if you’re out of state like me!). Sidenote: I wanted to go to Yale, but am oh so glad I didn’t get in – Carolina was way more fun. Off to the Heels game tonite!

  • Natalia@ The Health Script February 15, 2011, 5:57 pm

    Well look at you rockin’ that peacoat!(Confession: I have a serious obsession with peacoats.)

    I applied to University of Michigan, Michigan State, Hope, and Case Western. I’m at U of M now and I love it but I wish I applied to more college just to see if I could get in (like Notre Dame).

    • Julia February 15, 2011, 11:12 pm

      Go Blue! I was wondering if I would see anyone that had applied to Hope – that’s where I went 🙂

  • Andrea February 15, 2011, 6:03 pm

    UF for undergrad
    GWU for law school

    Only schools I applied to for either. Full rides for both didn’t hurt at all 🙂

    And no hard feelings- not everyone is cool enough to be a Gator anyway! 🙂

  • Jen February 15, 2011, 6:05 pm

    For undergrad, I applied to: College of the Holy Cross, Boston College, Assumption College, St. Anselm’s College, and UMass Amherst. Holy Cross was my first choice and I got in, but couldn’t afford it so I went to Assumption. BC rejected me for undergrad (probably because I only sent two letters of recommendation instead of three… oops), but accepted me for grad school when I applied last year. I ended up passing on the offer; BC is even more expensive now than it was when I applied five years earlier for undergrad!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good February 15, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I applied to and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. I guess I knew what I wanted. Looking back, I can’t believe I didn’t even apply anywhere else. Good thing I was accepted. 😉

  • Larabel February 15, 2011, 6:31 pm

    I applied to Yale, Harvard, Brown, Northwestern, Williams, UCLA, University of Texas, and USC. I had my heart set on Yale or Harvard, but those were the two places that I didn’t get in! (I actually got waitlisted at Harvard and ended up getting in, but I decided not to go…THANK GOD) I picked USC because something about the campus just called to me and it has been the MOST amazing experience of my life. I am actually still an undergrad here (NEVER WANT TO LEAVE) and I cannot imagine a better school in the entire world. No joke. FIGHT ON FOREVER

  • Amy February 15, 2011, 6:34 pm

    You must have known Florida was a pretty good school if you wanted to shoot yourself in the face, but you still applied! 🙂 Go Gators!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2011, 10:03 am

      😛 LOL

  • Shari February 15, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Your breakfast looks like so much fun! It’s always such a special experience to meet up with friends in person after chatting online for so long 🙂

  • Janet February 15, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Go Stags!

  • CH February 15, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Oooo, fun topic! I applied to University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Columbia, Kenyon College (my mom made me apply for some reason), and Stanford. Got into the first four and waitlisted at Kenyon and Stanford. decided on Columbia since hey gave me money and I LOVE it! Graduating in three short months.

    Just finished applying to law school; I applied to 15 schools! Eeek! So far I have gotten into the only two I’ve heard back from (safeties). Let’s hope I get into some more. 🙂

  • Kimberley February 15, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I went to Yale for law school! I hated New Haven for the 3 years I lived there but now I think it’s kind of a cool town, in its own quirky way.
    I don’t even remember where all I applied when I was an undergrad. I had no idea where I really wanted to go, but luckily ended up at UNC after much debate. The best 4 years of my life!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 15, 2011, 7:40 pm

    In Canada, universities are quite different than the college system in the US. We don’t have as many options, and all of the choices are pretty good (only a couple are seen as more “prestigious”) but all offer a very high quality education. I only applied to the University in my city (one of two in the province), and have been a student there now for 11 years!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches February 15, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I scanned this entire thread of comments to see if anyone went to my school! I love finding random connections, but no such luck. 🙁 I applied to a whole slew of New England liberal arts colleges (Bates, Vassar, Williams, Bowdoin) along with College of William and Mary, University of Colorado (since I’m a native), Columbia, and Georgetown. I got into all of them except Columbia (no shock there!) and Williams, which waitlisted me. Wah….I ultimately ended up at Bowdoin, a great little college up in beautiful Maine. Gosh, I miss college!

    • Jen February 15, 2011, 11:06 pm

      I know someone who went to Bowdoin! When did you graduate?

      • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches February 15, 2011, 11:30 pm

        2009….a couple years ago. Know anyone from that year by any chance?

        • Jen February 16, 2011, 9:32 am

          Yup! Joe Berte, graduated in 2009.

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 15, 2011, 11:20 pm

    I got into the NC state and UNC systems, but I went to a small private college bc I had a full ride.

  • erin February 15, 2011, 11:36 pm

    I did my undergrad at The University of Western Australia, which was my first (and I think only?) choice. I loved it, but they messed me around when it came time for grad school, so I’m now studying a PhD at Curtin University. I also love it here 🙂 I can’t wait to finish, though…

    Like Canada, the Australian university thing is very different to America. People generally don’t go away to study, and there aren’t as many choices, being a less populous country. An American friend of mine was one surprised to find that I lived on the same street as campus, but didn’t live ON campus. Our unis are just in the middle of the city or in the suburbs, generally – we don’t really have university towns.

  • Raya February 15, 2011, 11:50 pm

    I grew up in NY so I applied to SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, and then PITT was the only out of state school I applied to. I ended up going there but only for one year and then I finished up my degree at UCF (Go Knights!)

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf February 16, 2011, 12:16 am

    I applied to only one school–a small, faith-based, liberal arts university in the middle of the Texas panhandle. I had no problem getting in!

  • Mac February 16, 2011, 12:58 am

    UW-La Crosse was the only place I applied to and that’s where I went to undergrad and grad school 🙂 Love the city and love the school!

  • Marika February 16, 2011, 2:23 am

    Like a few other commenters, I found myself drawn to tiny schools in Pennsylvania– Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg, Haverford, and Gettysburg. However, I think I’m the first commenter that actually attended Muhlenberg– I loved it from my first visit, but had to visit and apply to other schools just in case :-).

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 16, 2011, 8:19 am

    I love your coat and you weren’t kidding about the snow!

  • Leanne {The Bugs' Mama} February 16, 2011, 1:01 pm

    College applications seem like so long ago! (I’m 30 now.) I applied to St. Louis University (freshman entry PT), Ohio State (Go Bucks!), and Miami (of Ohio). I was accepted to all three and I was SURE I was going to SLU, but at the last minute stayed closest to home (Miami) for a boy… who is the hubster now 🙂

  • Marta February 16, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I’m probably a big weirdo but I LOVEEE reading where people go to college! I compiled the list of where students matriculated from my high school two years in a row (and weirdly, I still remember where most of them started!).

    I didn’t have my heart deadset on any one school, but I applied to Tulane, Mizzou, Emory, Wake Forest, Illinois and Syracuse. At the end of the day, I wanted warm(er than Chicago). I think I would have considered more VA schools (UVA, Georgetown) knowing i’d end up working here, but I loved Tulane! I was able to get a great, multifacted education (2 majors, 2 minors) and I met my fiance there!

    PS Gilmore Girls popped in my head immediately too!! Love that it’s the same for others 🙂

  • Dee February 16, 2011, 7:13 pm

    I can’t remember all that I applied to, except that it was six schools total, and one was Stanford, to which I didn’t get in. I ended up going to Wellesley. I also applied to Occidental College and UC Santa Cruz, both small CA schools where I grew up. Cannot for the life of me remember the other two. Explanation: I just had my 15 year college reunion last June!! #amIreallythatold??

  • Kristine March 3, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I applied to 10 schools: Davidson (where Kath went – I was a year ahead of her), Dartmouth, Swarthmore, College of the Holy Cross, Wellesley, Washington St. Louis, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and damn if I can’t remember the 10th one 😉

    Davidson was my first choice and that’s where I ended up, and had an INCREDIBLE 4 years!!!

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