This morning I woke up on the right side of the bed: I was well-rested, excited to finally visit Yale, and hopeful for the weather report to come true (chance of thunderstorms!). The drive to Yale, located in New Haven, Connecticut, was about two hours long. We got to New Haven really early so we checked out the Yale University Art Gallery. The gallery had many different types of art including African, European, Asian, and modern art.
|"Seated Buddha In Meditation" (ca. late 1st-early 4th century CE)|
|"Arabesque" by Jason Pollock|
|Harkness Tour (Yale's bell tower)|
|Victorian stone arch|
|Class buildings at Yale|
|Bradford College (student housing)|
|"The most beautiful courtyard in America." -Mark Twain|
The abroad program at Yale sounded really promising because Yale is connected with many different abroad programs so there's a variety of programs to choose from. Additionally, if you're on financial aid at Yale (Yale has amazing financial aid too), you're eligible to get a summer abroad award, where Yale pays for your summer trip abroad. My tour guide said Yale puts away a great deal of money for these awards. That sounds like a pretty great deal to me. Yale is also really serious about it's academics and is very intent on giving its students the best education possible. To ensure this, Yale has a collection of over 13 million books! We visited Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which holds about 800,000 of Yale's books, most of which are easily accessible to students. They even have one of 14 original copies of the Gutenberg Bible from the 1400's! The only thing that really stuck out as negative to me was the fact that there are no minors at Yale. As someone who is interested in lots of things and will probably want to minor in something, that sounded slightly problematic to me.
While my hopes of a thunderstorm weren't exactly full-filled (there was slight thunder, but not much), Yale did not disappoint. I definitely want to do more research about Yale because, for the most part, what I saw today really impressed me. I'm sad that the college tours are over but excited to begin part two of my trip tomorrow: taking a class at Brown. Today, we got our course packet for the Women and Leadership class and were instructed to read the first chapter of it. I can't wait to get started!