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November 10, 2012
"The odd odyssey " - Letter from a CAMPer

This is another letter sent to us from one of the participants of Atlas’s CAMP (College Access to Migrant People) program that took place in the summer of this year, and enabled young immigrant students to explore colleges in Western Massachusetts and New London, CT (read more about CAMP in the post “Atlas goes to College!“).

The odd odyssey

There is an ancient Greek proverb which says novelty lies in the feet. It took me time before l truly understands its core meaning. As human beings we are entitled to travel one way or the other, whether be intentionally or forcefully .I remember captain cook the famous British explorer once said if you don’t travel it’s like reading a book and remaining on the same page. It sounds so radical right? But on the 12th of August 30, 2012, it became a defining moment for ATLAS and l.

We left the big apple during the sunset heading to Amherst in western Massachusetts. We had a great reception at Lauren`s mum lake house where we camped for four days. We started our day by visiting Hampshire College, which is a small liberal arts college with such a great and unique curriculum, in which in enables you to create your own major and chose randomly any classes you want for your own good. They have a well-spaced campus with a magnificent view of mountains and green vegetation .It also offers full financial aid including undocumented children. We also had the chance to meet one of their professors at the lake, and it was such a priceless opportunity. But the most thing which fascinated me most about Hampshire College to a certain extend that l thrilled to even apply there for a transfer, was its exception belief that if a student pursue something of his or her own choice, that person is mostly likely to succeed ,not only that but to be exceptional because their curriculum ,groom original thinkers  who are now on high demand in this 21 century .

We also went to Amherst college which is both a wealth and competitive college. We had a tour around the campus being aided with my former high school mate from South Africa. Besides its beauty and its money, this college also has one of the toughest classes in its curriculum. We also went to Smith College and mount Holyoke, where we just walk around the campus, and both of them were magnificent, charming and well maintained. On our last day we went to Umass, it is very gigantic campus and it has the tallest academic center in the world. It offers many different types of majors from management to nursing. It also have a many extra-curricular activities like the harry potter`s quidditch .We also had the honor of having our tour with a special guest, Lauren`s father who is an alumni at UMass. Amongst all, there is something which l believe that’s what makes `s Massachusetts colleges to be amazing, it is their own solidarity network amongst these five colleges, which enables them to share every resources they have at their disposable to attaining meaningful results.

Last but not least we went to Connecticut College, which happened to be Lauren’s former college. It offers full financial aid, it commits much of their resources in understanding the world better through many various international projects, it has quit a diverse of different sports and clubs including America`s rarest sports soccer and rugby. After all this, l fell in love with Connecticut college because of its charming, well decorated and magnificent Scottish-British type of infrastructure, which blends very well with their ever green grass and vegetation. To be honest, l was mesmerized!!!!!!!!!! Because it was so romantic like you are taking an English Duke` daughter for a date.

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