Applying for colleges last year, I spent a lot of time asking questions, taking tours and trying to deal with college food. Most of my hosts and tour guides were kind and interesting students. Some were busy, over tired and without answers. Though I am not an official tour guide I did host two Prospies/Baggers last weekend (I’ve given them a link to this blog: guys if you read this, post a comment and say hi!).
Some definitions of terms:
Prospies: Prospective Students
Baggers: Sleeping Bag Sunday visitors
Sleeping Bag Sunday is CMU‘s name for the program where prospective students sleep over with current students to see what life is like at CMU.
I did an unofficial tour of campus and made them eat real campus food (admissions laid out an enviable spread which was slightly unrepresentative of food served most of the times to students. Not being sarcastic: sometimes CMU has sumptuous food). Then we baked cookies in the tiny kitchen and then we watched videos on YouTube and a Russel Peters show with some people from my floor. It was a calm and chatty version of a normal Sunday night. Note: we did *not* do homework. That would have been too realistic for a one evening visit.
“18 Things that we can learn from a dog
1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
4. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
6. Take naps, and stretch before rising.
7. Run, romp, and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
11. If what you want is buried, dig until you find it.
12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle! him or her gently.
13. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
14. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
15. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
16. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
17. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
18. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout… run right back and make friends.”