Over rolling hills and through trees of yellow and orange, we drove the 35 miles south from Burlington to Middlebury, Vermont, between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, arriving at Middlebury College in time for a 9:30 a.m. information session.
It was Columbus Day weekend, and we were on the third stop of a college tour.
After a slideshow and informative talk, we followed our tour guide as he walked backwards down paths around the 350-acre campus.
With about 30 others, we wandered among several of the college’s buildings, including the library, student center, and a dorm room (complete with resident student).
When asked what surprised him most when arriving at Middlebury College as a freshman, our tour guide said it was the intelligence of the students.
Middlebury College was founded in 1800 and is one of the oldest private liberal arts colleges in the country. According to its website, its undergraduate enrollment is about 2,450 with students from 50 states and 70 countries.
Trip taken October 2012.