This is my second visit to Tufts. I took my middle daughter, PickyKidPix, and her friend a few years ago. She wasn’t seriously considering Tufts — it was too close to home and too small of a student body, but she did end up liking the vibe there. The people were friendly and funny. Funny is important to her. There is even a mime club.
So, a few years later, I took my youngest child to see Tufts. My son heard that Tufts has a 6-semester foreign language requirement and it was a deal-breaker for him. He was ready to leave the tour and we were at the first stop. My son is studying Spanish but he’s been exposed to Mandarin and Japanese. Spanish is his least favorite subject.
I told my son that he does not have to take Spanish if he went to Tufts. Languages include Latin and American Sign Language. You can also test out of this. And, all 6 semesters do not have to be in the same language. He was not convinced.
I still think Tufts is a great school. My friend’s son just got in. It’s his dream school. And that’s the point, I think, of college visits. It’s about discovering the vibe and seeing if it’s a fit. And do believe there are many colleges for each child that are “the perfect fit.” It’s been hard with Covid for high school students not to be able to take on-campus tours. I’m glad they are back on.
As for Tufts, it’s not on my son’s list but it is on mine! I will be back at Tufts for my friend’s son’s mime performance. Stay tuned!
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