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Out-of-State College Tour Brings Cavaliers to the Northeast

A journey of exploration and knowledge helps students refine their college outlook
Dimitria Boutsis
Students pose for a group picture during their visit to Hamilton University.

Through a series of tours and visits, the juniors immersed themselves in the college experience, by visiting the Northeast of New England. From visiting nine universities to rekindling with alumni, students celebrated both a week of leisure and discovery.

The genesis of planning for the out-of-state college tour began nine months ago. Planning the trip in January and finalizing preparations during the beginning of the school year, the Class of 2025 board managed the entirety of the trip, from transportation to food and hotel accommodations.

“I called restaurants, hotels and airlines, trying to get quotes from them. I needed to plan for 40 people, whether that be reservations in restaurants or rooms in hotels. We had been working constantly for months and were still calling businesses the week before we left,” junior Melissa Hernandez said.  

Upon arriving at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, the day was dedicated to the stunning views of New York City’s Manhattan streets. Concrete monoliths towered over the broad walkways and busy roads, intimidating the stunned students. During their time in New York, the group traveled through Times Square by walking across and using the subway.

Day 1, Oct. 8:

New York University

The first stop on the trip rested at the heart of the city, New York University. Famous for modernity and lack of boundaries, the group was ushered from one side of the city to the next, finding many separate NYU buildings around the city.  

Regarded as a school for accounting, finance, business management, marketing, computer and informational sciences, NYU emphasized its proximity to large businesses and job opportunities; it holds a prestigious reputation in the city.  

Columbia University and Barnard College

Due to its architecture and design, the library of Columbia University is known for its uniqueness. (Courtesy of Caitlin Savage)

From the subways of Manhattan to the streets of Broadway, students traveled six miles to Columbia University and Barnard College. Marking their second stop on the tour, students experienced the wonders of another New York university and its sister college.  

Being the first Ivy-League college on the tour, the group visited the architectural wonders of the campus, such as Columbia’s famous Butler Library, inspired by Greek architecture. Towering ionic columns line the front of the library. Behind, three-story-high monolithic windows filled the library with light as the group walked inward into the prestigious school.

Building upon the momentum, Barnard College is a school containing an entirely woman student body. Across the street from Columbia’s campus, Gables students received an innovative tour of Barnard led by Maïa Berthier, Gables alum and former CavsConnect Editor-In-Chief. Giving insight into the acceptance policies of both colleges, Berthier guided her Cavalier-rooted team through the modern campus classrooms.  

Day 2, Oct. 9:

Yale University

Sightseeing and taking pictures, the New Haven Public Library exemplifies the structure and design of Yale. (Courtesy of Caitlin Savage)

Moving into the second day, Gables students began their inter-state bus ride early to make the short journey to New Haven, Conn., into the college town of Yale. Greeted by former Highlights Editor-in-Chief Maria Cestero, the campus’s gothic architecture and medieval buildings reflected on the group through the library and bookstore. With lingering questions, Cestero stayed after the tour to give information on the university’s admittance.  

Walking around campus, the Commons Dining Hall, with its vaulted ceilings and extensive wood paneling, left students in awe. Filled with a diverse array of menu options, the team got a quick meal before admiring the Battell Chapel.

With the red bricks forming an oblique structure, the Battell Chapel of Yale University, shows the intricate design and effort made. (Courtesy of Caitlin Savage)

“The campus was grand and gorgeous. The dining hall looked amazing and the food was delicious. Meeting the alumni was super helpful, she [Cestero] applied to Yale without her test scores, which was very interesting to me. Being physically present in the beautiful college helped to motivate me to continue my IB path,” junior Tiffany Beh said.   

Day 3, Oct. 10:  

Brown University

As the students took a short bus ride from their hotel, they found themselves admiring Providence, R.I. Taking in the view of the minuscule state, the students were attracted to the prestigious college of Brown University. Being welcomed by one of Brown’s tour guides, the group got to explore the college’s vast campus and learn about its strength in medical research, English, mathematics and social sciences with the uniqueness of an open curriculum.

Being a campus of grand and unique appearance, students were able to admire the Ladd Observatory along with the University Hall. These creative structures provided the emphasis the students sought in a well-rounded campus.  

“Brown University is my dream college and was my favorite college on the trip. The English and literature-focused academics interested me alongside the gothic style of the campus. Brown’s open curriculum allows students to structure their major however they like and this quality appeals to me the most,” junior Caitlin Savage said.  

Day 4, Oct. 11: 

Colgate University and Hamilton College

After their day in Rhode Island, the group traveled to central New York for a double tour, starting with Colgate University. Upon arrival, students noticed that the university was secluded and had a rural environment. Tour guides formed groups based on student’s interests and toured parts of the school in relation to their potential majors.

Students admire the fall colors of Hamilton University. (Dimitra Boutsis)

The students then went on to tour Hamilton College. They were surrounded by nature colored in yellow and orange hues, not seen normally at Gables. 

Cavaliers were also greeted by alumni such as Marcela Rondon. Elaborating on how lliberal arts is fundamental at Hamilton, those more interested in these courses got to learn the benefits of the college. 

Day 5, Oct. 12: 

Cornell and Syracuse Universities

The last day of the tour, the team still had something to look forward to as they had two more universities to attend. They first visited Cornell University, a Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics geared education.

While touring around the campus, students were attracted to the extensive green campus and were invited to eat at the dining hall. While enjoying their lunch, the group learned that Cornell raises their own cows and has hand-made products like milk. Getting a glimpse, the students were pleased by what they saw due to the positive energy, broad space and extraordinary education. 

After an informative trip, the students had one final college on their list, Syracuse University. Similar to Cornell, Syracuse leaned more towards STEM majors consisting of informational science, psychology and finance. With over 700 acres of land, the tour guide pointed out over 15,000 students attending the university. The accomplishment of the JMA Wireless Dome highlights the modern style for sports like football, basketball and lacrosse.

 “Cornell and Syracuse are schools with big campuses and despite their isolation, high school spirit. You can tell just by walking through the campuses, that the students are happy to be there. These schools tend to be more STEM-related, something I look for in a university, and that spikes my interest in their majors,” sophomore Adrian Perez said. 

Returning back to South Florida on Oct. 13, the universities showcased a variety of future goals, yet they all emphasize a shared principle: that the students admitted to their institutions truly belong there. Students reflect upon the diligence, responsibility and effort required before entering Cavalier college-bound status, and the trip helps uncover insight into their future selves.

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Luke Savage
Luke Savage, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Luke Savage is a freshman at Coral Gables Senior High, working as a staff writer for Cavsconnect. He is an avid reader and runner who hopes to improve his writing and the skills involved with the triad throughout his Gables career. Additionally, he takes educational matters with utmost importance and intently plans on having an almost perfect grade point average by the end of the year. Regardless of the sacrifice of time or labor, Luke will present his best work in every class. The genesis for his interest in CavsConnect began during his search for the right publication. Writing professionally in conjunction with designing aesthetic websites interested him. He was more enticed after learning that the publication hosted an extremely competitive environment. Now with the goal of one day becoming Editor-in-Chief, he has incentive to write of a high quality, in a punctual manner and bribe the upperclassmen. Individually, Luke is often described as independent, hard-working and pragmatic. But most see him as impertinent. With four years ahead of him, Gables has no idea who he might become.  
Santiago Rodriguez
Santiago Rodriguez, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Santiago Rodriguez is a current freshman entering the International Baccalaureate program here at Coral Gables Senior High. He hopes to pursue his interest in running by joining the Cross Country and Track and Field team. Despite his love for running, his biggest opponents are mosquitos. If you find him outdoors, bug spray is his best friend. He has big hopes for his future in Gables such as joining the National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and possibly becoming Editor in Chief of CavsConnect. His favorite seasons are summer and fall for the many reasons of sports, weather and vacation. Wanting to continue to be a above average student, Santiago works harder, taking multiple Advanced Placement classes during high school. Hoping he has a great year at Gables, he is eager to be working in CavsConnect.
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