I spent this past weekend in Boston with my son, Caleb. It was really great to spend the whole weekend with him since I was gone the whole month of March.

Originally we were going to go up and work on levels for Timmo’s Challenge Boston. But then we learned that Berklee was having their spring open house Saturday morning. Caleb really wants to go to Berklee so we added that to the agenda.

Berklee College of Music - Boston

Berklee College of Music – Boston

Berklee is known world wide as the best music college there is. I was really able to learn why during the open house and tours. It reminded me of AppCademy when Pekka¬†talked about design excellence. Berklee strives for excellence from their school and in particular all of it’s students. From the faculty to the facilities the place was impressive. They produce the best because they have built a community of people that all strive to be the best at what they do.

The three things that impressed me the most about the school were:

1 – You do not choose a major until after your first two semesters. This seems smart to me because most freshman in college do not really have an idea of what they want to do for the rest of their life. Berklee exposes freshman to a variety of careers in music so that when they are asked to choose a major they are able to make an informed decision.

2 – They focus on careers from day one. Berklee doesn’t just churn out diploma, they bring their students into the industry right away and help them build a career in music. This, as a parent, is important¬†because music isn’t usually something you would think of for your kids as a secure and stable profession.

3 – Over 25% of Berklee’s students are international students. After spending time in Finland with guys from around the world it has become even more important to me that my kids are exposed to the world outside of the US. We are rapidly becoming a global society and if US kids do not realize this now, they will when they are competing for jobs later in life.

After the open house Caleb and I had a great day capturing more levels in Boston. I learned a lot more about Boston than I had in my previous trips there. And it was great to experience it with Caleb and see him enjoying the process of building this thing with me.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Caleb tested a couple of my existing levels, including level 2 which starts at Trinity Church in Copley Square.

State House

State House

We went through the Public Gardens and Boston Commons and then headed towards Beacon Hill.

Love the wavy brick streets of Beacon Hill

Love the wavy brick streets of Beacon Hill

Some of the best New England residential architecture for sure.

This copper accent was even more amazing in person

This copper accent was even more amazing in person

We headed towards the Charles River using a footbridge over Storrow Drive.

Footbridge over Storrow Drive

Footbridge over Storrow Drive

Caleb really enjoyed seeing the sites

Caleb really enjoyed seeing the sites

We walked along the Charles River and got some of the best clues for the next level of Boston. This level is going to be one of the best so far.

Warm day

Warm day

Sailboat Races in the background

Sailboat Races in the background

Overall this was such a great father-son experience. I hope we get to do it a lot more in the future. And I hope I am able to teach him that doing his best at anything he attempts is worth it – whether it be at Berklee or any other college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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