12 Oct College Traditions
Thursday September 26 was Mountain Day at my alma mater, Smith College. It is one of those long-standing traditions that students look forward to every fall. Toward the end of September, students wait for that early morning when they will hear the college bell ring, signaling that classes are cancelled and they are free to head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Some stay on campus to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them there others grab their pack and go lunches and head out for bike rides or hikes around the Pioneer Valley. Many use this day to head to the orchards to pick apples and enjoy a glass or two of fresh-pressed cider.
For years, my daughter, who is now as senior at Smith, heard about Mountain Day and so many of the other cherished traditions that helped to make my Smith experience so unique and memorable Convocation, Rally Day, Julia Child Day and Ivy Day are just a few of them. And these traditions remain a large part of the reason that so many young women today choose to attend Smith College.
Many of the colleges refer to their specific traditions and in their printed materials and on their websites. If your teen is interested in learning more about these traditions, they should take a look at social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as Niche and College Confidential. There they will get feedback about these traditions from both current and past students.
Planning Campus Visits
When planning college visits, if you have some date flexibility, you might try to visit on a day or weekend when something special is happening. Maybe its checking out the Boulevard and tailgating celebrations during home football games at SMU. Or perhaps its experiencing the Holiday Celebration and Lighting Ceremony that takes place at Elon University every December. Your teen may want to register online with the colleges and universities that are of interest to them so that they receive email updates and mailings — many times the colleges have open houses and special prospective student days that coincide with these events.
These traditions and special events can help your teen get a strong sense of the atmosphere and culture of the college community.