A Cherished College Visit Trip

AUTHOR: | POSTED: June 21, 2012 | COMMENTS: 43 Comments

Carolyn Savage

I always wince a bit when I hear older mother’s advise moms with little ones to cherish every moment because “in a blink, they’ll be gone.”  Let’s face it, there are so many moments of motherhood that don’t fly by.  Nights with a vomiting feverish child, public temper tantrums in Target, and hours spent pacing the floor with a colicky baby can make time stand hellishly still.   But as I pulled into my driveway Friday night, after three days and 1400 miles with my oldest son searching for the college of his dreams, I was sad.  I know that is likely that I will never have that kind of one on one time with him again.  EVER.  I just can’t believe that in a little more than a year he’ll be gone.  How did that happen? 

Instead of wallowing about where time went, I’m eagerly embracing the opportunity to help him decide where he’ll spend the next four years of his life.  And I’m learning, too.  Apparently college has changed a bit since my days at Miami U!

Drew is focused on studying journalism.  That made our first stop the University of Missouri—which boasts the number one journalism school in the country, and, if I do say so myself, a kick-butt campus.  I admit, I was dreading the drive from Toledo to Columbia. It is quite a trek.  Drew asked if we could fly, but I insisted on driving to make a point.  I wanted him to know just how far away Mizzou was.  

You go here, Drew, and you are pretty much on your own.  There’ll be no fly-by visits from Mom and Dad!”   


Could that be his objective?

When we finally arrived, Drew insisted that we go straight to campus.

 Our first stop…Sparkys. 


You know you are in college when the campus ice cream shop sells Guinness floats.  I didn’t try one but my guess is Drew will—eventually—if he attends this school.


The next day held a university tour, full of beautiful campus views.



As we walked through the academic buildings and perfectly manicured quads (Mizzou’s campus is a registered botanical garden), it reminded me of my own college days, until we hit the crowning glory of the…

It was then that I realized college had changed a bit. 

Student unions look more like upscale shopping mall food courts…



And rec centers resemble five start hotels…


And that folks…is a spa.  (Located in the rec center for students.)


The bikini clad outdoor pool at Mizzou definitely beat the plastic baby pool my roomates and I used to fill with a hose in the backyard of my dorm.



By the end of the day, I was ready to enroll. 

From Mizzou we drove to Marquette University.  Drew started the day in Milwaukee with a run.  We were meeting with the cross country and track coach later that morning, and I suggested that he wait and get some advice as to a good route.  He refused.  He wanted to run to the lake—see the city.  I relented, yelling after him to be careful, and then watched him run off, all by himself, in a major metropolitan area. 


He is breaking away.

Marquette is beautiful.  The campus is urban, but filled with character. 


It’s Jesuit, and I love the Jesuits! (They can educate like no other!)

Drew liked it.  It didn’t have all the bells and whistles of the big state school we’d just come from, but he felt comfortable there.  And he really liked the coach. 


Thursday night took us to my favorite city in the world. 

Drew’s told us before that he wants to live in a big city.   The promise of endless opportunities appeal to him.  And as always, Chicago delivered. 


The idea of Drew living on his own in Chicago, at the age of eighteen, is intimidating. 

But there is not doubt in my mind…he’s ready to fly the nest.


I’m just not sure that I’m ready to see him soar.

Depaul University is located in the heart of Lincoln Park.  Frankly, I don’t think it should be legal to go to college in such a cool place.  Drew couldn’t disagree more.


We headed home Friday night, discussing his options.  He liked all the schools.  There are a few more he wants to visit, which brought a smile to my face.  Not because I didn’t like anything we’d seen.  I loved them all.  But more visits equals more time with my oldest, and as the reality of his inevitable exit from my daily life looms in the near future, I’ll take all the time with him I can get.

Time does fly.  Soak it up because in a blink, they’ll be gone.

43 Comments on “ A Cherished College Visit Trip ”

  • Grandma Linda | June 21st, 2012 9:08 am

    Now you have me in tears! It sure would be fun to have him in Chicago.

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  • Tracy Kindl | June 21st, 2012 2:34 pm

    I do have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face! I will be there in a few years and loved hearing the story from you , as always:)

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  • Dayna Sargent | June 21st, 2012 9:51 pm

    Hi! I enjoyed reading your post! My husband and I both went to Miami U! Does your son have any interest in checking Miami out?

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 21st, 2012 10:49 pm

    Can you believe it…NO! He doesn’t want anything to do with Miami. (Probably because Sean and I are a merger!) I think I’m going to trick him into Oxford in the fall after a cross country meet. He does want to run in college and Miami’s program isn’t as competitive as some of the others he’s considering.

    I do have hope, however. I bet Ryan goes there. He told me the other day that he wants to go to a “good school in Ohio”. What’s better than being a Redskin…I mean Redhawk?

    Thanks for the comment, fellow alum!

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  • Dayna Sargent | June 26th, 2012 10:05 pm

    That would be great! 🙂 We live about an hour away from Oxford & still love to go back and visit. There’s nothing like Bagel & Deli! 🙂 Have you been back? Uptown has changed quite a bit!

    Take care!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 27th, 2012 8:53 am

    I have a niece who’s just finished her freshman year, and another who graduated last year. I hear it’s changed, but we haven’t been in a long, long time!

    And, yes, I would love to go and eat my way from one end of uptown to the other. I’d start with some cheese fries, then head to bagel & deli, and finish at Brunos. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

    Hopefully we’ll make it this year.

    Today I’m headed to OU, however. *sigh*…

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  • Meg | June 25th, 2012 10:21 am

    Hi! I am currently a students at Marquette, so I may be slightly biased, but Marquette is truly an amazing school! In fact, I saw your blog post because Marquette tweeted about it! (https://twitter.com/#!/MarquetteU). Choosing Marquette was the best decision I’ve made in my life. I would not be the person I am today without it. Everything about this campus is great, and having Milwaukee as a back drop has undoubtedly made my college experience so much better – there is always so much to do in the city! The teachers are caring and really work to get to know students on a 1:1 level. My professors are as concerned with my personal well being as they are with my academics. As a Jesuit institution, Marquette also provides me with spiritual growth, aside from just academic. It’s an amazing place!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Hi Meg, Thanks for your reply. I am so glad that you are happy with your choice of Marquette for college. I couldn’t agree with you more about the Jesuit approach. It is outstanding!

    Thanks for your comment, and best of luck in your future!

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  • Nicole | June 25th, 2012 11:14 am

    Choose Marquette! I am also biased as Marquette alum (Education ’11) but it is a magnificent university where I can assure you that your son will find a sense of community and belonging. Granted, we don’t have all the ‘bells and whistles’ but we have incredible faculty, small class sizes, and Milwaukee. MU offers an opportunity to do a lot of community service and has a lot of study abroad options as well, if he’d be interested in doing that.

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:20 pm

    They talked about about the community service opportunities for Marquette students during our tour. It was impressive, indeed. Especially the MARDI GRAS program!

    Thanks for your comment!

    Enjoy the education field. It served me well!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:20 pm

    They talked about about the community service opportunities for Marquette students during our tour. It was impressive, indeed. Especially the MARDI GRAS program!

    Thanks for your comment!

    Enjoy the education field. It served me well!

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  • Nikki | June 25th, 2012 12:06 pm

    I just graduated from Marquette this past May. Absolutely amazing university that goes beyond just education. Since were not a state school were not a huge campus with all of the “bells and whistles” as you said, but with the smaller class sizes you get a one on one education and the ability to really get to know/bond with your professors. Theres such a sense of pride and unity that you get by being a MU student/alumn. Whenever I run into someone with connections to Marquette it’s like we’re bonded without knowing one another. I would not trade the experience I had at Marquette for anything!

    Go Warriors!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:21 pm

    Congratulations on your recent graduation. If you don’t mind me asking, how is the job search going for you?

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  • Ashley Glatz | June 25th, 2012 12:08 pm

    Great piece! I’m a Mizzou Grad (Journalism, ’10) myself, although my best friend attended Marquette. Whatever he chooses, he’ll make the most of it. Best of luck!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:22 pm

    Thanks, Ashley. Drew also really liked Mizzou. May I ask how your career is going with a journalism degree from Mizzou?

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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  • David Grebe | June 25th, 2012 12:11 pm

    Choosing Marquette is likely the best decision I’ve ever made.

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:22 pm

    Good to know!

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  • Kate Newman | June 25th, 2012 12:15 pm

    Hello! I am a recent May 2012 graduate from Marquette University! I graduated from the College of Comm with a public relations degree and minors in marketing and entrepreneurship all in four years. I can asure you that the College of Comm has amazing professors and because of MU’s more intimate size, professors get to know all of their students on a one on one basis. Since MU is located in an urban setting, it was super easy for me to gain tons of internship experience while going to school. There are a lot of journalism and communications opportunities in Milwaukee. I had four internships by the time I graduated and I truly owe it to Marquette for my education and getting me to where I am today…a job right out of school (rare these days, a lot of my state school friends are still struggling). I currently work at Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago in its PR department. I love Marquette with all my heart and everyone who goes there instantly is overcome with Marquette pride. I enjoyed every day I went there and graduation day was very bittersweet!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 8:24 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Wow…congrats on the graduation and the job. I think we are quite interested in knowing about career successes after graduation. Knowing you were able to land something right out of the gate is very, very helpful!

    Best of luck to you!

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  • Theresa | June 25th, 2012 12:28 pm

    I visited many schools during my college search and never felt the same as I did when I stepped onto the Marquette campus. Chosing to attend Marquette (Arts ’05) was quite possibly the best decision I have ever made. The community was so welcoming and I made some of the best friends during my four years there. Marquette was all I could have wanted and more.
    I hope your son finds the school of his dreams, whether it be Marquette or elsewhere. Good Luck to both of you in his college search.

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  • Colleen | June 25th, 2012 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on your journey thus far! I graduated from Marquette in 2006 from the college of Communication – and it has been by far the best decision of my life! Marquette offers such a personal experience that you don’t find at large state schools (and even some smaller, private schools). I had narrowed down my list to DePaul, Marquette and St. Louis Univeristy, but Marquette stood out to me because I felt so comfortable when I visited the campus. Beyond having a tight-knot community of students, faculty and alumni, competitive academics, and a lot of social opportunities, Milwaukee is a vibrant city filled with festivals, music, and cultural activities….everything that you would find in a major city like Chicago, but on a smaller, more managable scale. I hope that the rest of your school tours go well and that Drew finds the right school for him. If he happens to attend Marquette, I’m sure he’ll love it just as much as I and so many others do!

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  • Caitlin | June 25th, 2012 1:01 pm

    Deciding to go to Marquette was by far the best decision I made…it was the best 4 years of my life! I too looked at many schools and actually was choosing between a big state school and Marquette University. When I stepped foot on Marquette’s campus, no other campus gave me THAT feeling. To be honest, I still get THAT feeling today, 2 years after graduating, every time I go back on campus. Marquette is and will forever be HOME. The community, the Jesuit education, the city of Milwaukee…it is all incredible! I felt that I was a part of something at Marquette. Walking down the street, people that you don’t even know smile at you. Walking into buildings, people hold doors for each other. I not only grew as a student and professional while at Marquette, but I grew as a person. I would not be the person that I am today if I had not gone to Marquette University.

    I was just on campus last week and had a great conversation with an incoming student. She looked soo excited to start on her Marquette adventure…not going to lie, I was quite jealous! She is in for a real treat!

    Good luck to your son…I hope he finds a school that gives him THAT feeling. I know I am biased but I hope he chooses Marquette. He will forever feel that he is a part of WE ARE MARQUETTE!

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  • Kathy B | June 25th, 2012 1:11 pm

    Wow–what a wonderful piece. It feels like yesterday that my mom and I got in the car for those college visits. I am from Missouri and checked out all the MO schools and I reluctantly headed north to Marquette in the Summer of 1997. She wanted me to visit the school and of course I was not so fond of the idea. Well here it is, 2012 and I am proud Marquette Graduate…living in the dreaded Chicagoland raising 2 boys of my own. I have never second guessed my college decision! MU’s (the other MU north of Missouri) sense of community, the relationship with professors, friendships, and pride still continue today! Best wishes on your son’s decision…it sounds like he cannot make a “bad” choice..only a choice that will be the best fit for launching him into the future! Take comfort in knowing you taught him well and watch his soar (perhaps like a Golden Eagle)! God Bless!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 25th, 2012 2:57 pm

    Thank you for your thoughts! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience at MU!

    Best of luck to you as the mother of two sons. I was a two son mom for eleven years and I will always cherish my time with my little guys!

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  • Karen Friedberg | June 25th, 2012 1:18 pm

    This is such an exciting time for both of you! I have a daughter who just graduated from Marquette this past May and it was a fabulous experience for her. I could not have asked for a better university both academically and socially. Marquette Basketball madness is another plus! As a parent, I highly recomend it to your son.
    Yet, on the same note, I have a son at DePaul who will be a Senior this Fall and his experiences have also been great. Both of my kids wanted an urban setting. Class sizes at both schools provide a more intimate professor/student experience. Whatever he decides, I believe he cannot go wrong with either!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 25th, 2012 2:55 pm

    You are the second parent who has responded that has a child at both MU and DePaul. Glad to know you’ve been pleased with both schools!

    And…yes…Marquett’s basketball madness would definitely be a bonus for Drew!

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  • Anne May | June 25th, 2012 1:35 pm

    I’m a Marquette alumna in Journalism, and I have a long family history of Marquette alumni. Both of my parents (both undergrad and Law), a few aunts, half a dozen cousins – one of them Dean of Women – a sister, and, as of last month, our daughter are proud graduates.

    Am I biased? Surely. But here is why. Each of the people I’ve mentioned had his or her individual reasons for choosing Marquette. Yet each of them had in common their embrace of a place that encouraged critical thinking on the path to educating the whole person. I know that Marquette succeeded in providing these dozen or so family members with what they sought,

    If it troubles you or your son to share the street corner with somone asking for spare change, Marquette may not be the place for him. I know many people who made other college choices for that reason. If, on the other hand, community service and involvement with an urban population speaks to your sense of giving back, Marquette offers dozens of formal opportunities to do so. Taking advantage of these things is part of what makes Marquette’s education of the whole person so unique.

    Growing up with Marquette in my blood, I heard every paltitude about the place. However, last month, at our daughter’s commencement ceremony, I heard something that brought a certain poignancy to the oft-spoken phrase “We Are Marquette.” And that came as Marquette President Reverend Scott Pilarz directed the graduates to “Move your tassels from the right to the left as I declare you sons and daughters of Marquette forever.” Should your son choose Marquette, I trust he will forever be influenced by the lessons he learns there, and I trust he will make his individual contribution to the world as Marquette will guide him to do.

    Best of luck to you and your son.

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 25th, 2012 2:53 pm

    What a beautiful testament to the school you clearly adore! Thank you! (And best of luck to your daughter!)

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  • Betsy DeBiase | June 25th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Well, a lot of decisions! I highly recommend two of Drew choices: my husband , myself, and my eldest daughter are Marquette alumni. I was a Communications major. I love Milwaukee’s ambiance – it’s a big city with smaller city advantages.

    My youngest daughter currently attends and enjoys DePaul University. DePaul has multiple campus, the core one located in Lincoln Park. I am not sure but I think your son will take courses in the Loop campus as well should he choose DePaul.

    Marquette is on a semester system (2 + summer) and DePaul is on quarter system (4-10 week units plus courses available during winter break, spring break, and summer break).

    I have also heard the comments concerning Marquette’s “inner city” atmosphere and yes it is a university in the city, but actually DePaul is also a “city” university. Both cities have mass transit systems and students will get passes during their attendance. My younger daughter uses the “L” to get to her classes in DePaul’s Loop campus.

    Good luck to your son and

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 25th, 2012 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply! I love hearing that you have a child in both MU and Depaul and are happy with both schools! Drew is definitely interested in an urban environment. He fell in love with New York during a trip last year to appear on the Today Show, and since then has been adament that he will live in a city some day. Whether it’s for college or not, is the question.

    Again, thanks for the feedback. Very, very reassuring!

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  • Steve Broniarczyk | June 25th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Last Friday night while shopping, the clerk mentioned the guy right in front of me was a Marquette basketball player, who plays professionally in Europe. I told the clerk that I was a Marquette alumn and could he introduce me. So, he took me over to the player and I introduced myself and told him I was a MU alum just like him. The friend with the player seemed a little annoyed how I just came up to them and introduced myself. The first thing out of the player’s mouth. “Its cool man, he is from Marquette and this makes him family.” This is the cool thing about Marquette. We are one family. Guess this is why all from the family say loudly and proudly: “WE ARE MARQUETTE!” Also, I have a sophomore at MU and she is quite happy as well.

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 26th, 2012 7:48 am

    Aw…great story! My son is a basketball junkie, and is looking forward to attending a school where can not only get a great education and run division 1 cross country and track, but also be a great fan at fun sporting events. Marquette is a perfect fit!

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  • Haley Jackson | June 26th, 2012 12:12 pm

    Congratulations on the start of an exciting journey! I am getting ready to start my senior year at Marquette, and am proud to say choosing Marquette is the best decision I have ever made. When I was applying for college, I wasn’t all too excited as I only applied to Michigan State and Marquette University fully intending to go to Michigan State. Everyone I have ever known has always gone to Michigan State, it sounded like the perfect fit. My grandma made me go visit Marquette just to be sure, and I am so glad she did. The moment I stepped foot on campus I knew I belonged there, and three years later I don’t want to leave! I started as a journalism major at Marquette, but found myself leaning more towards public relations and advertising, and will be graduating with a PR major and minors in marketing and psychology. I absolutely love the Communications School at Marquette. The professor and opportunities are top notch. There are so many opportunities to grow and push yourself outside your box with the comfort of the Marquette safety net holding you strong. Should your son choose Marquette, he will grow every day in every way.

    I also work Orientation Staff, and that has been an incredible experience. To meet incoming freshmen and watch the joy on their faces as they find their way and grow comfortable in their homes for the next four years is absolutely priceless. It is fantastic to be able to watch the new students feel the same confidence in their choice that I felt a short 4 years ago.

    As a first generation college student, I knew my college experience would be a little different than most. This is where I can truly say my heart belongs to Marquette. Marquette is more than a school; it is a community. The people I have met, students, professors and faculty alike, are more than friends; they are family. When you hear the beloved “WE ARE MARQUETTE” it is an exclamation of love and support.

    Should your son choose Marquette, he will be welcomed with loving arms to a one of a kind family that will continue to support him for the rest of his life.Good luck to you and your son, and I hope to welcome you both to the family in the fall!

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  • Katie Simoncic | June 26th, 2012 12:39 pm


    I am a native Ohioian (Mentor, which is on the East-side of Cleveland) and am also a recent alumna of Marquette (Comm ’12). After going through and reading your blog about Drew’s college search and all of the comments from those in the Marquette Family, I’d love to put my two cents in. First of all, my parents went to Miami U. They tried to get me to visit Oxford (unsuccessfully), but have told me time and time again that letting me leave the state for college was a great choice. Don’t be afraid to let your son go! Think of this as an added bonus: you’ll always have a fun place to take a mini-vacation when you visit him!

    Out of the 17 comments, Marquette was mentioned in 13 of them. Current students, alumni, and parents alike who are all a part of the Marquette Family LOVE the school. My experiences inside and outside of the classroom have changed my life fro the way I think, act, interact, and live in the most positive way ever. It was hard to graduate from MU emotionally. My professors, mentors, bosses, and most importantly, friends, have all taught me lessons that I will NEVER forget.

    As a former tour guide, I’m used to trying to sell MU to everyone. But this is my biggest selling point. The Family. As a students, your son will be able to join over 280 student organizations (including academic honor societies, Greek Life, social awareness groups, and even the student newspaper) during the first week of school. He will be invited to attend Tuesday night masses at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and he will have the chance to be the “Fanatic of the Game” during a Golden Eagle (Warrior!) basketball game at the Bradley Center, wearing a gold shirt, in a sea of gold. And when he graduates, the Alumni Association will welcome him with open arms, willing to help with advice, job opportunities, friends, networking events…the list goes on and on.

    If Drew is having a hard time choosing between schools, encourage him to visit the contenders once again. It is worth the trip! Even though the decision is hard, he will eventually pick the right school for him. I’m clearly putting in my vote for Marquette, even though I’m not on payroll anymore.

    I hope this helps!

    Goooooo MARQUETTE!

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  • Courtney | June 26th, 2012 4:53 pm

    Before I go into saying what school I am commenting about I want to start with what I learned from touring schools is to really get the full feel of the campus you need to go when school is fully in session. This makes the campus come alive and actually will be a better representation of how the school will be during the semester. With that said, I am a recent Marquette grad from the college of communications and I cannot begin to stress what an impact those professors have had on my life. They are there to help us students with anything we may need. I know personally one of my professors would come meet with his students any time of the day and even on weekends. Also, what does set us apart from the other schools he is considering is the fact that we do have such a sense of family. Marquette never leaves you. It is an extension of your family. I cannot tell you how great of a feeling that is because it would be way to long to explain. I didn’t want to leave Milwaukee after I graduated just so I could be around the Marquette community. But, what I forgot is the fact that the Marquette community is global. People from across the nation get together for games, travel to school for reunions, and we are always connected to the Marquette community no matter where we are located geographically. Also, Marquette alums are always there to help students find an internship or get that first job. That is how I landed one of my internships. All I can say now is………………WE ARE MARQUETTE!!

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  • Rachel | June 26th, 2012 5:47 pm

    Can’t help but jump on the bandwagon here, but the choice to study at Marquette, for me, was the best decision I’ve made in my short 20 years. I’m an incoming junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. I came from a small town in northeast lower Michigan and I couldn’t feel better about my choice to move to the city. Milwaukee is welcoming, relatively safe and my new home. A big benefit is the fact that it is located so close to Chicago (almost exactly 1.5 hours by Amtrak). So even if your son chooses Marquette, but reticently because of turning down living in Chicago, the city is so close that you barely miss it. I spent weekends in Chicago multiple times during my freshman year just because.

    When I visited as a junior, I went to the Spirit Shop in the Alumni Memorial Union in order to buy my obligatory t-shirt. An engineering student from rural Wisconsin was working the check-out. Ever the shy high schooler, my dad was the one to start a conversation. While I can’t remember all of what he said, what stuck with me was the declaration that ‘with a Marquette degree, you can do anything.’ I still believe that three years later.

    Best of luck to you and your son in this exciting, terrifying college application time. It’ll all work out for the best.

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  • Anna Giuffre | June 26th, 2012 6:00 pm

    Marquette all the way. It’s not just a school, it’s home, it’s your family, it’s who you become. I wish everyone was a Marquette grad – the world would be a better place.

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  • Jim Love | June 27th, 2012 11:25 am

    There hasn’t been a better decision that I’ve made in my life than choosing Marquette. Your son will find an incredible family atmosphere that he’ll never want to leave! You can feel the sense of community right away. I am a current student (senior) and can’t believe I will be graduating next May. I can’t imagine my life right now if I didn’t choose Marquette. Honestly; it’s hard to explain the feeling of family that he will encounter. I’m also an active member in the MARDI GRAS program. I made my 7th trip to New Orleans this past summer and actually coordinated the trip as well. I’m happy to answer questions.

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  • Holly Peterson | June 27th, 2012 12:23 pm

    I will start with – I was a bit apprehensive about attending Marquette University at first. Simply because it’s a HUGE decision to make, but I will say that attending Marquette was the best thing I did for myself. As a Business ’10 grad, I can say that Marquette provided me with SO many opportunities for growth and creation.

    Each year, I got more and more involved in the university and campus and it made it harder to leave in May. Like many of my fellow Marquette grads have said, the university and the city become your family. They are so willing to help in any way they can. They make it easy to do things you have always wanted to do. In my case, it was to study abroad and be able to graduate in 4 years. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how my Marquette education got me to where I am today. I bleed blue and gold – it sounds dorky, but it’s true. I carry Marquette with me wherever I go.

    I get excited when I am out and I see someone with a Marquette license plate or shirt or anything because it provides you with a sense of connection that will never cease to exist.

    Whatever school he chooses, he will feel the same way I do about Marquette. Let’s just hope it is Marquette. 🙂 Good luck!

    PS. Wherever he does choose.. Always remember that a care package or note with a Starbucks gift card is more greatly appreciated than you would ever think.

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  • Alli Inglebright | July 11th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Hello, I’m currently a journalism student at Mizzou and I love it! I will be gradating in May 2013 with an emphases in Photojournalism and I feel confident about getting a job once I graduate. It’s figuring out what I want to do that will be the hard part. The Jschool provided a lot of read life work experience. I spent a semester in the news room writing for a daily published paper and will do the same thing with photos. There is nothing better than seeing your work published. It’s a great learning atmosphere. I can’t speak highly enough about the Jschool.

    As for the campus, it’s beautiful and Columbia is great. There are so many local restaurants and different things going on all the time. I’m getting to the point where I don’t want to leave!

    While the school itself is big it doesn’t feel that big once you start getting involved. The jschool is a tight knit community of people who are all very helpful. They always tell us that if you want to get a job in a certain state there is at least one people in the jschool who has a contact.

    However, my best friend goes to Marquette and he speaks about it the same way I speak about Mizzou. Good luck! He’ll make the right choice!

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