- May 3, 2016
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I wanted to go out West (UCLA, Colorado) or Boston, but after my dad died when I was 15, I basically torched my HS career, going from honor roll student on path for scholarships to drug-addled sociopath, lol. Thankfully I could still get it together for standardized tests, and my SATs saved my ass. Wanted to do journalism, Dayton took me, but I couldn't stand the Jesuit thing during orientation, so bailed out to the state safety school - UConn - where I could get into the Stamford Branch at the 11th hour. They'd pretty much take anyone back in the 70s. Hadn't given UConn an ounce of consideration before that. And they didn't offer journalism as a major so I had no clue what I was going to do when I got there.
I don't know how old you are, but I went there during the last couple of years when 18 was still legal age. Friday night mixers were quite the thing and to this day I don't know how there weren't more cars wrapped around trees on Scofieldtown Rd. after those things.
I spent my first two years at the Stamford branch, and I think that was beneficial overall. As a freshman up in Storrs, I would have been lost in those huge entry level classes. Plus...it allowed me to work and get my partying out in a more controlled environment...lol.
I fell on the right side of things for drinking. I went to UConn from 74-78, the drinking age went from 21 to 18 in 1972, then as you say, it started creeping up in the early 80s, to 19 in '82, then 20 in '83, and finally 21 in '85. Pretty much everyone at the Stamford Branch would've been 18 or 19, a few 20, so it would follow that mixers stopped being a thing when you were there as almost everyone was below drinking age.
Nah, not Stamford. Land is far too valuable there. And according to much of the state, it's not even Connecticut ;-)I will say this, if UConn could do it all over; Avery Point, downtown Hartford, and Stamford would have all been better main campus locations.
When the Storrs family donated the land, they didn't think Connecticut Agricultural College would grow into UConn. Mansfield is still trying to be a rural type town. If Connecticut ever put a highway to it, they would have a fit!!Nah, not Stamford. Land is far too valuable there. And according to much of the state, it's not even Connecticut ;-)
However, anyplace that wasn't next to Mansfield would've been a better choice. I'm not familiar with a large flagship state U anywhere that didn't spawn an interesting town or two around it with international restaurants, interesting shops and whatnot. But UConn managed to do that. There should be a State College-type town in or next to Storrs.