Friday, July 22, 2011

Sage Rink Calls



Having the welcome experience of spending a few hot July days in and out of the Sage Rink at Hamilton College, offered are a few shared images. Inasmuch as it is the second oldest collegiate ice rink* in the country, it remains fresh and delightful. Having been redone in 1993, its oldness is it's charm. But its age is not a weak point. Indeed not!


Hamilton College is one of the elite small small liberal arts colleges known as the Little Ivies**. Most difficult to gain admission into, these schools pride themselves in their academics as well as their athletic programs. Ice hockey is sacrosanct.


The school was chartered as Hamilton College in 1812. All male until a merger with Kirkland College in 1978, the campus and surroundings are stunning and befitting the overall punch of the College. And the rink, as integrated as it is in the "quad", makes quite an impression. If a hockey player makes a college visit, well, she likely would want to sign up.


Sadly, for most applicants, only a rejection letter is in the offing. With such appeal, it is impossible for the majority of the wannabe Continentals to make it to top of the hill in Clinton, NY. But great grades, upper levels SAT's and high level extracurriculars can be the ticket in. Well, maybe... Truth be told, Hamilton rejects loads of great people. Life can be tough!


So, it was a pruritic ride home. Built up by the hockey camp experience, she thinks she found her college. She belives she has a chance. In a way that's a good thing. To think, she will be rejected... to think her heart will be broken... to think it won't work... well, that's not so swell.


But, no pain, no gain. What can be parented? Study hard, take the SAT review course, go to the gym and work on your game. Yup, that's what a parent would say. Yup.


Oh just in case she makes the cut, check out the reserved seat. Yabba-Dabba...

OK Hamilton, I'll order a blue jacket

E cosi va

*oldest collegiate rink, Northwestern University's Matthews Rink

**other Little Ivies include Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts and Williams

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