After a short introduction the incoming students and their parents were separated. We did not see Bella until the event ended.
By-and-large, the Universities are much smoother and more practiced than they were 40 years ago. The education process has become much less Darwinian and more cultivate-a-garden. To fail, a student has to WANT to fail. There is layer upon layer of support. I suspect it has something to do with the University's inability to extract tuition from students who drop out.
We got to meet Bella's three roommates. Two are from the Detroit area. One is from Joliet, Illinois.
One of her roommates is also adopted, which is kind of cool.
One of the roommates brought her boyfriend and he was glued to her side every time I saw them. Three hour road trips can have a chilling effect on romance. I do not expect the relationship to have long legs but I might get surprised.
The only time I felt an urge to argue was when the presenters started rhapsodizing about the value of a "liberal education."
Liberal Education. Grand Valley State University is committed to providing each student a broad educational experience that integrates liberal learning with preparation for career or profession. Liberal education begins with encountering the great ideas of diverse traditions in the humanities, the visual and performing arts, the natural and social sciences and mathematics, and is an essential part of all of our professional programs.
We value the liberal ideals of critical thinking and preparing students for lifelong learning. The practice of liberal learning develops the skills of inquiry and reflection, which guide students to think for themselves, gain self-knowledge, and make ethical judgments. Such learning can inform individual and collective actions and prepare students for the responsibility of local, national, and global citizenship.
A video clip was shown where various faculty members trash-talked "narrow thinking". I mentally translated that to "practical problem solving". I prefer the term "focused thinking" to "narrow thinking" but that is a simple matter of semantics.
Granted, it is important to be able to clearly communicate one's ideas. But one must have something of value to communicate, otherwise the writer is practicing verbal masterbation. It may give the author intense gratification but the writer is studiously ignored by polite company and they find themselves standing alone on the corner because nobody is willing to hold their hand when it is time to cross the street.
Finally, the Six Paragraph format is too wordy for "the real world". Tell me who-what-how-where-when-why, write it so a 4th grader can understand it and keep it to one page. I will email you when/if I have any questions.
The other thing the video told us was what "industry" wants from graduates. Having been in "industry" all I can tell you is that I am amused. When I run the universe an instructor must own a business that grosses a minimum of $20,000/year for ten years before they can get tenure.
While walking around I noticed a little bit of push-back. I smirked when I saw a graph of salaries posted on the door of one of the "narrow thinking" geology faculty members. Graduates of his "narrow thinking" specialty (which included Petroleum Engineers) knocked the snot out of General Liberal Ed....Their salaries were as much as 300% more than "...collective actions....global citizens..."