Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thanks University of Wisconsin - Madison! (COWS Tour Day 3)

UW Badger Fans throwing TP!!

We had an early start today with a Lawrence student panel (my comments from yesterday stand, the panel was amazing.) There was a student from Manhattan on the panel and I can confirm that city kids can go to Lawrence and love it. Following the panel, we had the chance to do a mock Freshman Studies class with a Lawrence Math Department professor. We read a short excerpt from Jorge Luis Borges and discussed it. Yes, their math professors teach courses that involve literature, art, philosophy, and music. So. Impressed.

Next we headed to Madison to visit the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Turns out we were not the only people with this plan, as President Obama was also in Madison for a rally on the UW campus. This cramped the style of the Admissions Office and their plans for us, but they pulled a Tim Gunn and 'made it work.' We still were able to have a staff panel, student panel, and campus tour. The location, between two gorgeous lakes, provides for amazing sailing (and views) and the immense academic offerings mean there is something for everyone. I'm talking a major in Dairy Science. So seriously, everything. (Schools of note that you may not find at every school: Nursing and Pharmacy). I'm a sucker for the Big 10, so for students looking for a large Research I university, Wisconsin is a great choice.

Toward the end of the day we headed to our third school of the day, Beloit. I'm excited for our official day here tomorrow, but the area surrounding Beloit is just lovely. It feels quaint, historic, and homey all at once.

More tomorrow when I make my way to St. Louis!