Updated: Jun 30, 2022
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin
My wife and I have always had the travel bug. After too much time at home in our comfort zone, we start to get restless and dream about the next big adventure. At times, those theoretical adventures have involved living overseas and learning a new language, but we immediately wonder “What would become of all of our pets,” or “Could we really be away from family for that long?” At this point, the dreaming morphs into the idea of an epic road trip, where we take our multiple four-legged animals with us and see every nook and cranny of this country. The nine to five office job has prevented it, however, until recently. We both found ourselves in a chapter where we could work from anywhere thanks to modern technology.
In addition to a love of travel, I have always felt the desire to see as many colleges as possible first hand. After all, how am I to guide families to the right college fit if I am limited in my own experience on these campuses? Over the years, I have had the opportunity to visit schools here and there, sometimes through an official “tour” with participating universities and other times on my own, but it hasn’t been to the level I feel is necessary. I want to be able to recommend Swarthmore College to a student, for example, not because I’ve heard it is a phenomenal school, but because I actually think it matches my student’s needs, values and lifestyle based on my own visit there.
You can probably see where this is headed, but ultimately we decided as a family to pack up our travel trailer and take our lives on the road for an incredible 10 month journey in order to accomplish this goal of experiencing hundreds of college environments first hand. We are calling it the “Apex Grand College Tour!” From the very first stop at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, to Bates College way up in Maine, to Trinity University in TX, and University of Puget Sound in WA, I look forward to experiencing the multitude of varieties, niche offerings, hidden gems, and established names across this beautiful country!
If you have an interest in following our adventure and staying up to date on all these schools and their offerings, please check back on this blog often as well as our Apex Grand College Tour channel on Youtube and our Apex Facebook and Instagram sites.
As of August 2nd, 2022…Onward!!!