We got back last night from a marathon Midwest tour of prospective colleges for Josie (plus a visit to my inlaws in MKE and plenty of Kopp’s frozen custard, which is so much better than Shake Shack it is LAUGHABLE) and came up with this in the car on the way home. 


  1. Susan T. August 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm


    We just went through this last year.

    At one art school tour, a mom asked so many questions about the animation equipment & software–and was so critical of the same–that I thought the friendly student tour guide might cry. Terrible.

  2. tanita August 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    First, let me take a moment to hyperventilate HYSTERICALLY that you have a child who is even in the ballpark of thinking of the college-word just now. WASN’T SHE JUST THIRTEEN??????

    Secondly, let me wheeze hysterically at the memory of being the reluctant boater-hatted tour guide. GOOD GRIEF that was THE WORST. I would have paid someone to do dental extractions on me in lieu of having to do it again. I’m pretty sure I hid my first year, and ditched my people in a building somewhere. We got T-shirts, though, so obviously we all did it again. And again. And again.

  3. Laura August 8, 2018 at 7:59 am

    YES to each and every one of these things. We’ve done 4 tours (so far) and easily checked each of these off on every tour. Crazy. And exciting. And hyperventilation-inducing.

  4. Rachel August 10, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I went through College Tours 10 years ago. It is the hardest thing because as the Hugh Schooler looking in on College life. Everything looks amazing. Now, I am a mom I couldn’t imagine letting my daughter go to a college tour unless she has a checklist on what she wants in a school. I personally chose the wrong one for me. I so wish I had this bingo card. But, you really piqued my interest at Kopp’s Frozen Custard! That is my FAVE!! But, outside Milwaukee Right by Johnson Creek Outlet, there is a place called The Pine cone Restaurant. Their food is good but their desserts are TO DIE FOR!! Man, I wish I hadn’t moved to Florida. Haha

  5. Naomi Kritzer August 18, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I mostly skipped the tours because I found them boring but I’m pretty sure I got all the squares ANYWAY.

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