Jeremy and I made a little trip up north this past weekend. We flew into Minneapolis Thursday, had dinner with some family, and then rode with my dad up to his place in Duluth that night. Friday we made the trip to Houghton, MI to see my sister graduate from Michigan Tech. I had never been to Houghton before, but it was pretty much like I expected it to be - cold, depressed looking, full of nerdy Tech students. Campus had a different feel to it than Baylor, or Tennessee for that matter.
Baylor = sorta big, liberal arts school, fairly conservative campus, private Baptist school
Tennessee = large, public school, party school, fairly conservative campus
Michigan Tech = small, public school, mainly engineering, socially acceptable to be an alcoholic
Sometimes I like to play the game "what if X had (or hadn't) happened in my life." I was playing that this weekend when I was at Tech. Had I gone there, I wouldn't have gone into social work. I probably would have ended up staying in something scienc-y/math-y. My life would have been completely different. And I don't think I would have enjoyed my college experience as much. Don't get me wrong, Tech is a great school, just not for me. I really liked my time at Baylor. There was such a family/community feel to it. That is also lacking here at UT. Which is why I'm also glad I didn't go here (or any other large state school) for undergrad.
One thing Tech does have going for it (and UT for that matter) is there is a lot of outdoorsy stuff to do - hiking, skiing, camping, etc. Central Texas was lacking in that a bit. Although I did appreciate being able to go camping nearly year round in Texas without freezing.
I did enjoy my weekend. It was great to see (some) of my family and see Allie psuedo graduate. And now I finally can picture Houghton and Tech in my head after hearing so much about it for years. Although I didn't get to see it in all it's glory. It's not quite spring there yet so everything was still brown and gray. I'd like to go up again in the summer or fall so I can truly appreciate the area better.
Here's a picture I took from our hotel:
Yes, that is snow on the ski hill. It was cold.