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East Coast Adventures

Megan Chapman on Monday, 01 November 2010. Posted in Student Life

So this year I decided to take the Halloween weekend off from costumes and scary movies to travel a little bit of the East Coast.  I picked RIT partly for it's location.  I love the east coast and wanted to see it a lot more and experience a totally different way of living.  I set of early Friday morning to visit my friend in Delaware around the University of Delaware area.  It was definitely an adventure to say the least.  See in Colorado, we have only 1 toll road and NO ONE takes it because it costs about 13.00 to travel 40 miles to get to the airport.  It isn’t that much shorter than taking the non-toll route.  I am definitely learning a lot this year about driving on the east coast now that I have a car.

Some of the beautiful foliage changing colors this time of year in Rochester

My adventure got even more interesting when I realized that I probably didn’t have enough money to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  I had to pay to get off in a tiny town, find a bank, and then try to get back on, keyword: TRY.  I paid to get back on the Turnpike only to go the wrong way.  The whole ordeal added about an hour to my trip and needless to say I was a little frustrated upon arrival. 

This quickly went away when I arrived in Delaware and we began planning our trip to Philly the next day.  

The great thing about the location of Rochester that I love is that you can travel 5 or 6 hours and be in a different state or major city and everything is so historic.  In Colorado, it takes 5 or 6 hours just to reach the border from the middle of the state where I live.  I plan to take full advantage of being fairly close to major cities like Boston and Philly this year now that I have a car and Rochester is within a reasonable distance.  I know that any other east coaster would just say, "Oh yeah Philadelphia, no big deal."  But for a westerner like me, visiting major historic cities and being so close is an exciting opportunity that I plan to take advantage of.

Some of the things I visited in Philly:


Love Park

                              Independence Hall


Oh and one of the coolest things! We stepped off the train straight onto a movie set for the new Jason Statham movie being filmed in downtown Philly!

Stay tuned for more adventures on the east coast and follow me on Twitter ! RIT_Megan

Comments (6)

  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    01 November 2010 at 08:39 |
    Sounds like someone might be interested in going to an Accepted Student reception this spring! Each March the Admissions office travels with a group of current students to New York City, Boston, and DC.
  • jeannette


    03 November 2010 at 18:11 |
    Have a question about class size. What is the largest class you have had so far at RIT and what was the class?
  • Megan Chapman

    Megan Chapman

    03 November 2010 at 19:15 |
    My largest class was about 100 and it was college chemistry my 1st year. Any other class I have had has not been above 40. This is something I love about RIT. Hope this helps let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Megan Chapman

    Megan Chapman

    04 November 2010 at 09:12 |
    There was also a lab for this class once a week of only 30 students and we worked in small groups. The large lecture was only 3 times a week.
  • Jeannette


    12 November 2010 at 17:00 |
    Thanks Megan! Do you mind a few more questions?

    Why did you choose RIT over other schools?
    Did you come in as Engineering Exploration or Mechanical?
    Have you had a chance to be in engineering labs doing hands-on work every semester?
    Are you involved with WE@RIT?
  • Megan Chapman

    Megan Chapman

    12 November 2010 at 19:06 |
    I chose RIT mostly for great engineering program and the coop program. The WE@RIT program is actually a great support system for women engineers and I am involved with them a lot if you are interested in their prospective student programs let me know. Yes, I did start in the Engineering Exploration program and it helped me to decide on mechanical. It gives you a nice overview of all the programs. If you become mechanical or many other engineering majors you are in the labs your first year. I was in the machine tool lab my freshman year and made a hammer last year which was really cool. I hope all of this helps and keep the questions coming!

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