Saturday, April 22, 2006

Back From the East Coast

I just returned from a 5-day trip of the East Coast, looking at colleges. I checked out Swarthmore, Vassar, Yale, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Brown. My favorite was Swarthmore and coming in second was UNC-Chapel Hill. If I had thought at all, I would have dropped in on some of the Knights Errant, or maybe the Boyston Chess Club. Heck, I was in Boston and we passed Boyston Street (I'm assuming that's where the club is.) on the way to Logan Airport. I felt pretty dumb of not even thinking to drop in, play chess, or even ask about the colleges any of the knights have graduated from. If you have any info about any of the above colleges or others such as Cornell, Tufts, or Brandeis, or any others, east or west coast, let me know. It would be much appreciated!

I have been lucky enough to get some PCT training in. Good to still keep doing chess. After the APs, I will be able to read some of the books I have been waiting to read and play lots of chess. I can't wait. I was studying for the AP US History Test in the long car trips from one college to another. Not a ton of fun, but key in actually getting in to the colleges I was viewing. :)

The 45 45 Tourney hasn't been goinig that well, because I was contacted my opponent but didn't get a response that I know of, but he was awarded the win. That's frustrating. Well, I look forward to actually playing.

15 Comments:

At 7:27 PM, Blogger DG said...

The Boylston Chess Club was originally located on Boylston St., but that was a long time ago. The club moved to Clarendon St. in the early 80's and then to Davis Square in Somerville a couple of years ago. Nevertheless, if you were looking at colleges in the Boston/Cambridge area then you were pretty close. Maybe next time.

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger The Hungarian Knight said...

Good luck in the college search, a trying time. Don't worry, it gets worse. ;-)

I went to Emerson in Boston. A great college town. My only advice to new college students is this, "Go to every class your freshman year." If you go to every class you'll make it through fine. Though looking at the colleges you are visiting, this shouldn't be a problem for you.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

Happy hunting!

PS

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Dude, I could have shown you around Chapel Hill. My wife is a grad student at Carolina. It is a great school (unless you want to study engineering, of course, which they don't offer).

Good luck with the college search.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger generalkaia said...

BDK, do they really not have engineering? that is one of the things that I am looking for. that is weird. too bad i didn't contact any of you guys.

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

That's what my wife said. I think that NC State takes care of the engineering needs of the triangle area's public schools. UNC has better natural sciences and premed. Definitely something to look into, don't just take my word for it.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Jim said...

The University Of North Carolina Rules the Pools and Rocks the Docks!

You must go there! If you want to be a success in life, you must be a Tarheel! All others are inferior!

And stay from Duke!!!! Duke is for losers and dweebs!

[grin]

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger kayla said...

you've absolutely gotta go to chapel hill. hands-down. i'm a sophomore, and it's the best thing that ever happened to me. it was between stanford, notre dame, unc, and uva, and i have absolutely no regrets.

you won't either!

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

One thing to consider. If you are from a big city, the Triangle Area will be a big change. Things close early, for the most part, and there just isn't a lot going on all the time. This holds more for Durham than Chapel Hill, though. Just don't even consider living in Durham. Frankly, I can't wait to get out of here and get back to a real city again.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger BlunderProne said...

WPI is where I finished my Masters. I now have a son going there and a Daughter at MIT. I could have shown you both places too.

Also, if you are ever around on a Tuesday night... check out hte metrowest chess club in Natick, ( www.metrowestchess.org) New England's largest weekly gathering ( averages 80 players)... there are a couple Knights from there.

BP

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Go where the chicks are hottest. Listen to your hormones! Ignore everything else. The guy/gal ratio at Vassar might be in your favor.

If you go to any of those schools you will do just fine in life. Do not stress too much about the educational value. You will work hard, but when it comes time to play, you'll want options.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Maybe the university of Amsterdam is an option. Great engineering and as close to Wijk aan Zee as you can be:)

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

Those are some good schools, GK. Good luck with your search.

Hey, I just noticed that you left a comment on my running blog. Sorry, I hadn't seen it earlier (I don't maintain that one often as the chess blog). Anyhoo, I left you a response.

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Don Q. said...

I agree with Pale Morning. These are all fine schools. Pick whichever one you like for whatever random reason makes sense. Swarthmore may be a good choice. Quakers are big game players. They are generally credited for making the house rules that transformed Lizzie Maggie's "Landlord's Game" into the game Charles Darrow renamed "Monopoly". They may be good chess players. If nothing else, they're quiet.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

"Quakers are big game players....If nothing else, they're quiet"

Perhaps they are plotting world domination....

 

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