October 9, 2016

College Tour of Minnesota State Mankato

College Tour of Minnesota State Mankato
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for October 9, 2016

On Monday night, we had the honor to attend the Prior Lake High Scholar Board Scholar ceremony which celebrates students who have maintained a GPA of 3.8 or higher.  Avery earned this achievement for a third time along with a bunch of other great kids that can be seen here.

Miss Sheri should get some kind of award for this also since she is the main one that cracks the whip around our house when it comes to focusing on their school work.  I'm going to get her a certificate for being a board mother.

When she's not whipping the kids to do their school work, she is probably working on some big project.  This week she finished her drainage project and it looks great.  No more water problems on that side of the house!

On Friday night, we went out to dinner at the Artisan Bistro and bumped into our good friends, Troy and Rhonda Brown.  Coincidentally enough, they had two available seats at their table so they invited us to join them.  Maybe it wasn't even a coincidence.  Maybe they just sensed we were going to be there and made sure they had extra seats available just in case we arrived.  We will never know for sure.

On Saturday, we went to Mankato, Minnesota to continue our tour of different colleges our boys are interested in attending.  

Avery decided this is a school he wasn't interested in attending so he stayed home.  So we went down with just Luke.

Jackson was interested in attending Mankato also, so we went down with our good friends, The Walters Family.  This time, our wives didn't let Dan and I sit next to each other because we usually end up snickering way too much.

We had a nice presentation about the school.  They told us that there are students attending the University representing 49 states in the US.  But they didn't tell us which one wasn't represented.  Which made me really wonder which one it was and what the heck is being done to improve recruiting in that state.  Or do they know something that the rest of us don't?  

They had a panel of current students answering questions from the audience which was quite enlightening.  It's interesting hearing college kids talk about what's important to them and what they like about their school.  It makes me want to go back to college.

After the presentation, we had a nice tour of the campus.  Meghan was our tour guide and she explained to us that this was her very first tour.  I thought she did a nice job even if she did say a lot "I've never been in that building before, but I'm sure it's real nice."

I have gone on tours of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the University of Minnesota.  Mankato is quite a bit smaller than those schools, but has a certain charm to it that I really like.  

All in all, it was a nice tour and a beautiful day.

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