Wolfgang and I had a fun day as "CU student for a day" for his first college visit. We left well before sunrise, and got home well after dark. It was a full day of touring and information along with the expected schmoozing to get students to enroll.
Wolfgang declared his love for the place before we'd even had lunch. I expected that to be the case, but we'd still like him to visit a couple of other parentally sanctioned schools for comparison. But as he put it, "CU set the bar pretty high" (...as well as the price tag *COUGH*).
He's always been a good kid, but I noticed a bit of a shift during our time there. As he got to know the campus and experience it on a typical day with classes in session and students moving about, I got the feeling that Magnum and I went up a few notches on his coolness chart. Like he sees us in a little different light now.
Another nice and unexpected thing for me was, there was a student panel session for parents in the afternoon. I recognized one of the girls on the panel. She'd taken, coincidentally, a college entrance test prep class I'd taught two years ago.
After the discussion, I went up to say "hi" and asked if she remembered me. She did and told me that another student from that class was also at CU. They still hung out and were TA's together. I was happy to hear that since the two of them were from different high schools and didn't know each other before our little class.
We ended the day with a tour of the Engineering Center which really brought back the memories. All good. Okay, not ALL good!
But all in all, a very fun if long day.
For those who don't know, CU has a ful grown female buffalo as its mascot, lovingly named Ralphie. She is the official start of all of the home football games. Second halves as well. Her handlers are "Ralphie Runners", and Ralphie Running is actually a CU varsity sport. Many try, but very few are able to make the team.
No matter how good or bad of a season the football team is having, the fans pack the stadium because they all love Ralphie and watching the Ralphie run. Some teams get jet flyovers, but what's not to love about a charging buffalo!
So I'll share, first, a CU propaganda video with the Ralphie Run prominently featured. The second video is from a fan - a typical Ralphie Run from start to finish - for a full appreciation of what it is to run that fast, that far, while controlling a charging buffalo. Just another day at the office.