Thursday, June 8, 2017

Our Tour Of Harvey Mudd College / Going Home


Song:  Home Sweet Home

Group:  Motley Crue


This was our last day...
and our last campus tour.

We had been to Harvey Mudd College a couple of times before
for Alex's math competitions.

However, this was our first official campus tour.


We arrived early...
but it wasn't too long before they picked us up for the tour.




This young lady was our tour guide.

She just finished her first year here.

She was bright and cheerful.

She told us about the campus...
and some of her personal experiences there.


The students on campus during summer were conducting various research projects.

We were shown an area where they make and program various robots for their projects.


The tour guide told us that companies will often contract their facility and their students
to solve problems they are having in their research...or to achieve a goal they had
trouble pursuing.


Students at the college conduct a lot of research...
and they have won many awards against much more experienced students 
from other universities.



In this room...
some students were designing algorithms to set up efficient methods of robotic operations
for companies.




This young man was the chief researcher for insect behavior (bees).

He was studying their means and methods of picking efficient routes for pollen collection...
whereupon they may develop algorithms to then program an efficient means 
for robotic systems to operate.



Our tour guide then took us to a dorm and explained normal dorm life.



This particular sculpture has a story behind it...
and was the reason there is a new rule for pranks on campus.

This was originally designed by a student...
and he had bragged that it was impervious to corrosion.

Some students from the chemistry department then took it as a challenge...
and in the dead of night...
had doused the sculpture with a chemical concoction which they had put together...
and which they knew would, in fact, corrode it.

It used to be a pristine and glistening silver  :)

As a result...
the new rule for pranks is that the prank must be reversed within 24 hours.



After our tour...
we waited outside for the admissions presentation.

We were then led into an auditorium by a man from admissions.

It was a very thorough and honest presentation.

He had explained that their college is not for everyone...
and that their standards...
are in fact...
very high.

Plus...
there would only be 200 or so openings a year.

With the many thousands of applications they get a year...
and all from top students...
it would be a long shot for almost anyone.

However, they are also one of the top rated colleges in the world.

The majority of their graduates go on to get their Ph.D
(...from universities.  As a college...they have no graduate school)...
and the graduates of Harvey Mudd College are some of the most sought after
graduates, and earn some of the highest starting salaries of any recent graduate
from any other college...anywhere.



We then ate at a Japanese bento restaurant...
and then departed for home.


Not too far down the road...
we got on the beginning of Hwy 395 (The Eastern Sierra Nevadas scenic route)...
all the way to Reno.











I just let Alex relax the whole way back.

He played the apps on his iPad...
and then just watched the scenery.













After this last picture...
we still had several hours more to go.



We finally arrived at home a little after 11 PM.




Although we had fun...
although the motels were comfortable...
there is still no place so comfortable as 
home...sweet...home.














2 comments:

  1. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the value of these tours. It certainly is nice to see the campuses and you can get a good perspective on the size and 'feel' of the places, but wondering how much you learn about the quality of the education. Maybe it was just the photos you posted, or perhaps Harvey Mudd was the only one with classes in session now, but that tour seemed a little more insightful in that way.

    Nice scenery on the drive back! And, yes, I agree with you that no place is as comfortable as home!

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  2. The chief value of the tours is the value their Admissions Office place in a prospective student having actually gone to one if he lived within a reasonable driving radius...or not. Each student officially registers for the tour, and his name is cross checked with the applicants'. One Admissions representative actually told us that they denied one prospective student because he lived fairly nearby, but had not actually been on a tour (years ago). While universities understand if you live far away and do not tour, they see a student as not having enough interest if they do live near campus, and do not tour. The other universities were in the middle of finals. Harvey Mudd was in the middle of summer research. They operate on the quarter system instead of the semester system.

    My wife researches the value of the education by the number who go on to graduate level school, the value the free market puts on the graduates through starting salaries, and by any other objective criteria she can find.

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