By Justin Voss

“Summertime and the livin’s easy.”  Maybe for most of you (and Sublime), but for some of us at Fairmont Prep we are still going strong closing out the past year and getting ready for the next school year. This doesn’t mean that us college counselors don’t have some fun but just know that we are working on events, schedules, and general planning for your return to campus in August.

One of the things the Fairmont counselors try to do is to go out and visit more universities and colleges. I had the chance last week to go see 10 schools out in Rhode Island and Connecticut that I had never experienced before. And aside from a few days of rain (I got completely soaked at Yale), it was a great trip and a wonderful chance to see a wide variety of schools.

I visited Brown University, Johnson & Wales, Connecticut College, Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University, University of Connecticut, Trinity College, Bryant University, and Providence College.

Fairmont Councellor visiting the wooden bridge at quinnipiac university while on the East Coast

Quinnipiac University

The best part about visiting these schools is envisioning which of our students would thrive on each campus.

Even thinking to my own college search I found schools I would have loved and other schools that would not have been such a good match. Between all of the Fairmont counselors, we have visited hundreds of campuses across the United States and beyond. We love seeing the differences and similarities between schools. Trying to match students with the right kind of school is something we all look forward to doing.

Fairmont Counselors visiting the clock tower at brown university while on the East Coast

Brown University

Have you had the chance to tour a college campus yet?

We would highly encourage you to get out there and see what it is like. We are fortunate to have a lot of great schools and a wide variety of colleges just in our backyard in Southern California. Tour a few and see what the difference between a smaller liberal arts and sciences school is compared to a larger public research university. Take pictures to remind yourself later. And if you want to help decorate my door, I’ll be happy to take a college sticker!

Fairmont counselors office door window covered in college stickers

Mr. Voss’ Office Door


Are you planning on touring any East Coast colleges this summer? If so, let us know which ones!