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Old 02-11-2013, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On the 21st of Feb. Rae, Eliza and I will be going to Houston for a couple of reasons. One, We will be going to the P!nk concert at the Toyota Center (Rae's Christmas present). Second, we will meet with my best friend (since the 6th grade) and try and plan a summer trip for our families. As it stands, we will more than likely be going back to Houston with the rest of the kids to tour the museums, The University of Houston (Charlie asked if it was far from where my friend lives, and wanted to see the campus to keep her options open) will be looked at, and it just so happens that One Direction is in town , so we might hit the Toyota Center again to try and see them going in for the concert (at $500. a ticket, that is the best Charlie will be getting). From there, we will hammer out details of a camping trip. Rae and Aeson (Rae's son) have never been camping, My friend and his family practically live in tents (They love to go and camp). I used to camp a lot when I was younger, but it has been at least 10 years since my last camping trip. Talk of staying in a cabin in the hill country was also brought up, so this is where the plans will be hammered out.
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My son lives in Houston and has a friend who is a professor at UH and one who is a Ph.d candidate. He has said he area where UH is located is pretty sketchy and one needs to stay very close to the campus. I'm not sure I would want a daughter attending. My son got to Houston by attending Rice University, which has a beautiful campus and an excellent reputation (ranked 15th nationally by US News). I would tour that before UH.

We spent the week before Chris graduated in the Hill Country. It was a lovely and relaxing stay.

There is also a bat bridge not far from my son's house right off the Allen Parkway. I love going to these.

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My son got to Houston by attending Rice University, which has a beautiful campus and an excellent reputation (ranked 15th nationally by US News). I would tour that before UH.

We spent the week before Chris graduated in the Hill Country. It was a lovely and relaxing stay.
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I tried to convince her to check Rice, but she wasn't too fond of it. As for room and board, my friend has offered her a room to stay. They have an extra bedroom, so that would not be a problem. The drive to the campus (I have to love these people) is just under an hour from where they live. His wife has already made the drive to the school at different hours of the day; to test the traffic.

As for the hill country, we love the area, and found TX16 from Fredricksburg to San Antonio to be a very scenic and peaceful drive. There is some type of bat watching program in Concan and Austin; of which I hear great reviews of both.
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I know Texas is big (I can get to three other states in an hour) but an hour's drive is a long commute. She'll miss out on a lot of campus life and may find it hard to participate in extra curricular activities. I insisted my kids live on campus, although I know it's different in Texas (DDinlaw lived in an off campus dorm at UT Austin before transferring to Rice.) I don't know how far along your DD is in high school, but if she or you have any questions about choosing a school my three have all graduated from good school and two of the three are done graduate/professional school. The whole process is much more complicated than it was "back in the day."
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