Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Early Registration at the W
Yesterday Madeleine and I got on the road bright and early in order for her to attend Scholars' Early Registration at the W. We got there in plenty of time so we stopped at Columbus AFB for gas and shopping at the BX.
We started by checking in with our admissions counselor Carly. Then we were escorted to the cafeteria (although we knew how to get there) for lunch. They really do have a nice selection - hot entree, burgers, grilled cheese, pizza, cold sandwiches and salads. From there we gathered to be welcomed by various individuals (this it the first time on campus that we've not seen the President). Then the parents were wisked away for their information session. Unfortunately most of it was redundant since I had gone to the parents' session during Scholar's Day in November.
Meanwhile Madeleine went to learn more about the Residential Honors' program, be trained in using the University web system, signing up for an official email address, getting her student ID (with a very nice pic) and registering for classes. Madeleine is taking Composition, Communications, Spanish 1, Math for Elementary Education, Western Civilization Honors, Honors Forum and Hearin Leadership for a total of eighteen credits.
During this time Madeleine also reconnected with friends made at Scholars' Day and Hearin Leadership Conference as well as making new friends. She only briefly met her roommate Amy who is very quiet. Hopefully Madeleine won't overwhelm the girl with her personality.
After the official schedule, we (Madeleine, myself and a few girls/moms) went to Grossnickle Hall to refresh our memory about the residence hall. Fortunately we knocked when someone was coming down the stairs and they graciously showed us around. Each room has two beds, 1 dresser, 1 under the bed set of two large drawers, 1 desk (this confuzzles me, WHY do the honors' students of all students have to share a desk? but we'll work that out), sink, 2 closets and a bathroom & kitchenette (microwave, fridge, small oven and two burners) that are shared with another set of girls. Four girls to a shower is great ratio; a school we looked at in NC had 8 to a shower. The residence hall has numerous study rooms, a laundry room (no $$ needed), a computer lab (just bring your own paper) and even its own private parking lot.
Overall we had a nice visit despite the light rain we encountered in both directions. It was a long day since we were not back on the road until 4:30 and we needed to stop for dinner.