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August 6th, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Letters to the President #1295: 'Higher education'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day.

Dear Mr. President,

I have taken a couple of days off to visit some colleges with my younger daughter, and as always it is an eye-opening experience. I shall not bother you with the names of the particular institutions which she is considering; in part because I don't want to put any pressure on her, and also because I don't want you weighing in with a phone call to a university president on her behalf. We believe in making it on our own in this family, so thanks, but no thanks!

Back to the eye-opening part. I often find myself during this campus tours wishing I were 18 again. Well, sometimes I just wish that in general, but in this case it is specifically because so many universities seem like such fascinating places. The things kids have available for study these days are mind blowing; and I don't mean in a 1960's "Man, these mushrooms are blowing my mind" kind of way. I mean the research opportunities, the depth of expertise among the professors, and the ability they have to connect with information from all over the globe.

Sure, just as it always has been, many of them just want to connect with that person across the lecturer hall, but you get my meaning...the possibilities for young Americans to excel in their chosen fields has never been better.

It is inspiring in a way, especially with our economy in such rough shape.

Anyway, my daughter and I have just stopped for a quick dinner along the road as I write this (steak on the way!) so I can't linger long. More from the college hunt tomorrow.

Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

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