East Coast College Tour
East Coast College Tour allows students to visit and experience life at several prominent East Coast Colleges. For many students, the process of figuring out which school best fits their needs is an overwhelming and confusing task. The East Coast College Tour transforms this experience into an enriching and fun summer adventure, in which students take campus tours, have meetings with admissions representatives and receive materials to help evaluate each school. Tour participants are shown how to get the most out of their future college visits. For example, students learn what questions they should be asking of campus officials, how to compare schools to one another, and what factors are most important for their personal college selection process. Many tours are led by the admissions office staff, others by personnel provided by Education Unlimited, depending on the campus and tour dates. Historically, most of the actual campus tours have been provided by admissions office staff.
The East Coast College Tour is a wonderful opportunity for students to tour numerous college campuses and evaluate their college options. Students visit a wide variety of campuses, including private and public schools in both urban and rural areas. Participants will be able to determine if a large or small school is appropriate for them, and, with the comparison materials we give them, they will be able to review their opinions once they’ve returned home.
In less than one week, students have the opportunity to experience great American cities. In the past, participants have hiked the liberty trail, dined in Harvard Square, explored Greenwich Village and the South Street Seaport, and witnessed the impressive monuments of DC while shopping in Georgetown. We encourage students to enroll with friends, but even those who don’t arrive knowing someone will end up with a group of newly-found friends, usually from across the US and around the world, although of course the demographics of attendees for any given trip cannot be predicted.
Housing is provided with students each having their own bed, usually in doubles or triples. Most overnight stays are at business class hotels, and are always at least rated as 2.5 star properties, but most years are 3 star properties and better. We stay in the main areas where attractions are when feasible. We may occasionally stay in a campus dorm/residence hall to get a feel of campus living. Meals are provided, though some students bring some spending money for snacks or optional food items (or souveniers!). All essential items of room, board and transportation are provided during the trip, so it is possible to do the East Coast College Tour without any added cost or expense.
Students have the option to do the tour without the group flight, in which case they should plan to arrive in Boston and meet the tour on the evening of Day 1. For our school year trips, we will be arriving into Boston late in the evening (often 10PM or later). For those going on the tour who would have to fly into the Bay Area to make the group flight, we generally recommend that you fly directly into Boston as this saves an overnight stay in the Bay Area and can be significantly less expensive overall. However, some families want to be on the group flight and are willing to fly into the Bay Area the evening before to facilitate that, and we are happy to work with you on making arrangements for you to come in early and stay over if that is your preference.
For students doing the group flight, it will leave one of the three main Bay Area airports first thing in the morning on the day of departure (Oakland, San Francisco, or San Jose), often as early as 6 am. The group flight will be finalized in the last few weeks leading up to the tour, two to four weeks before departure. If you are coming into the Bay Area from another area, you should fly in the evening before departure on the group flight into Oakland airport and stay at a hotel near Oakland airport (you can email us for recommendations). Education Unlimited will pick up any students who need transit to the final airport of departure early in the morning of actual departure. By paying the additional fee for the group flight you guarantee that fee is all that you need to pay regardless of what the final amount of the ticket costs, as Education Unlimited accepts responsibility for finding a flight within the flight budget or making up the difference! If you choose the group flight option less than 30 days before the start of the trip, however, there may be additional costs for ticketing. If there are additional costs related to signing up less than 30 days in advance of the trip, you will be alerted to any additional fees and be given the option to downgrade to the tour without group flight, in which case you can still go on the trip, but will simply meet up with the group at the Boston airport.
2014 East Coast College Tour Staff Members Include:
Janet Willford teaches leadership and speech & debate at San Ramon Valley High School. She grew up in the East Bay and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from UCSB in 1993. She has been teaching and coaching since 1994. Currently, she teaches speech and debate and leadership at San Ramon valley high school. She has served as the activities director for San Ramon Valley High School for the past 20 years. Mrs Willford is married with two pre-school and elementary aged children, and resides in Danville. As the winner of the Eukel Teacher's Trust award in 2004 one student said of Ms Willford: “I have never known a teacher who cares so much about her students, their lives, and their school. She is truly the best asset San Ramon Valley High School has”. A departing senior stated that “Students naturally gravitate to Ms. Willford. Whether I had a problem with a class, a friend, or a speech, she was there to listen and offer advice. Her classroom is not just a place to learn, but a home for many students.” A parent wrote: “Every mother dreams of a mentor to help their daughter blossom into a young woman. I could not have chosen a better woman for the job. Janet Willford is excellence on two feet”. And finally, one student who equated Janet with her own Mother told us :”Her spirit shines, her smile comforts, and her laugh makes you want to be around her. Janet is flat out amazing.”
Nermin Fraser is Education Unlimited's Director of Admissions. Nermin came to us after several years as a school administrator, most recently as a high school principal. The arrival of a new baby girl prompted her to leave school administration and join the Education Unlimited team.
Nermin grew up in Southern California earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science with a minor in Business from Whittier College in 1999. She later received a Master's Degree from California State University, Fullerton in Educational Administration. She taught English and speech/debate for 10 years at La Mirada High School in Southern California before going into school administration.
Nermin comes to us with extensive experience in student travel having led delegations of students all over the United States and to more then 15 countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific Southwest. In addition, for the past 10 years, Nermin has served as the Vice-President of the California High School Speech Association directing the California High School Speech and Debate State Championships for nearly 2,000 students and coaches from throughout the state of California.
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.
2013 East Coast College Tour Staff Members Include:
Join us for East Coast College Tour, which visits the top schools throughout the North East! Students arrive in Boston by Saturday evening, and make their way from Boston south to Washington DC visiting top universities and sampling the local culture along the way! Our tour is unique in the quality of our housing, food and travel arrangements. Most nights we stay at high quality business and/or luxury hotels, though we sometimes spend the nigh...