|By Dave2K on Monday, October 29, 2001 - 03:12 pm: Edit|
How many folks did Parents Weekend, or will do it if it hasn't come up yet? We skipped our son's this year - the program didn't look all that exciting, and we'll be seeing him at Thankgiving anyway. As the weekend approached, we started to regret not going just a bit - at that point, though, air tickets were outrageously expensive.
Just curious - what kind of good (or bad) experiences have people had at these things?
|By Dadster on Saturday, November 03, 2001 - 11:02 pm: Edit|
Parents Weekend: Depends completely on the school. Check the events, see if the football game is any good... then make your decision. Of course, it's a good excuse to see your kid, even if the events look boring.
|By kyoung on Friday, November 16, 2001 - 12:16 pm: Edit|
I attended Parents Weekend last week, along with my younger daughter and her grandmother. ( Dad was unable to get time away) It was great. We did very few of the planned activites ( canyon tour, Day of the Dead celebration), and had a very enjoyable time , hanging out in the dorm a little and just around campus.
Her school ( Reed college) doesn't have a football team so events were not centered around sports, although there was a women's rugby game.
It was great for her sister and her grandma to get to see the campus, even though she was going to be up for Thanksgiving.
We spent a little time exploring Portland, and while I would have preferred my daughter to have had more free time ( they had a paper due), all in all it was a great visit.
|By George Meany on Saturday, November 17, 2001 - 07:13 am: Edit|
"...they had a paper due" right after parents weekend. Hmm. Sounds like Reed is deadly serious about maintaining its reputation for academic rigor--even at the expense of parental socialization. I guess the parents of the professor for whose class the paper was due never visited him/her on parents weekend. Perhaps that's one way Reed reassures parents that the cost of a Reed education is worth it.
|By EastCoast on Monday, November 26, 2001 - 01:45 pm: Edit|
Had one last month. A good excuse to see the kid, the actual events were pretty lame. Went to a fancy restaurant that he wouldn't go to on his own, he said it was the first good meal he's had in months. (Doesn't seem to have lost weight, though. ) The football team got hammered, good thing we skipped the game. Not many parents showed up, so I don't think there was any pressure (like if you were the only kid in the third grade whose Mom didn't show up on Mom's day.)
|By Roger (Roger) on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 - 09:00 pm: Edit|
I attended one of these at Columbia. As other parents have pointed out, it was a good excuse for a visit. The few weekend events we attended were OK, and it was interesting to meet a few other parents at the various get-togethers. I don't recall if there was a football game; if there was, we didn't attend. The Dean of the College actually showed up at a small reception, and it was an opportunity to chat that we didn't have at any other time during our tenure as parents.
|By Marty France (Docfrance) on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 07:11 pm: Edit|
Best Parents' Weekends in the country are at the Service Academies. It's the first time parents can see their kids following a rigorous summer of basic training and the first month of school. At Air Force, it's always held over Labor Day Weekend and there's a football game, parade, lots of pageantry and the Colorado Rockies in the background. It's probably the best attended Parents' Weekend, too, with upwards of 90% of "doolie" (freshmen) parents attending--clogs the whole city. I can't wait to go to my son's this year!
|By Dave Berry on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 09:48 am: Edit|
Marty, what's the origin of the term doolie? I have a special reason for asking.
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