So, gre, pgre, applications, visits, recommendations, etc. are all about to get started for me so I decided to take a road trip to visit a bunch of grad schools while I still have a chance. Its mainly for motivation, but also for information about the schools and a good vacation before everything becomes overwhelming.
A friend and I will be driving up from the south-east and spending a whole day in each of New York, Boston, and Pittsburgh. We will be hitting as many universities as we possibly can in a week along the way. These include...
UPenn, Princton, NYU, Columbia, Stony Brook, Yale, Brown, MIT, Harvard, Boston University, University of Pittsburgh
in that order, more or less. There are others I would like to visit (namely Cornell) but are simply too far out the way. But, does anyone have any suggestions of good schools I might be leaving out that are nearby or between the aforementioned ones? Also, does anyone from these schools have suggestions about fun or interesting things to do or see while visiting these schools to get a feel for life there? Or, maybe even a bar/hang out where the grad students like to take a break? This will be my last chance to see some schools before I sign over the next six years of my life to them so I do not want to leave something out and regret it.
Also, I will be documenting the trip and schools with lots of pictures. If the site will benefit from these, I wont mind uploading some. If so, where should I do this? I guess make a physics web log so I can add impressions, comparisons, etc? Or, put them on the school profiles? Or, just dont worry about it?