Just had to show some love...hope this explains my strange affection for the place. I know I talk about beautiful, amazing Cal Poly a lot. In fact, those of you who aren't alumni, probably think that I'm a bit strange for being so in love with my alma mater. However, I haven't met a Cal Poly alum or student that doesn't LOVE the place, ya know? (They're probably out there somewhere, but I've never met one). We don't even have to know each other. It's like an instant connection. "You went to Poly?" "Yeah." And then there passes a supernatural understanding about how awesome the university is because all who attend there just know...there is a certain affection for the place. Seriously, it's palpable. I don't know why, but it is. Academically speaking though, there are reasons. Not only is the school located on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo, arguably very near paradise, and perfect in every way as an adorable, little Americana town, but this quaint, polytechnic university boasts some big things. "Learn by Doing" is the mantra of education at Poly and an excellent education is what every student with a diploma at the end of 4-6 years (let's be reasonable here...ha ha) walks out with. For many years, US Newsweek has named Cal Poly one of the top schools on the West coast for the money. And really, it's cheap...really cheap. I also saw an article last night from US Today, posted by another Poly grad, that reminded both Steve and I why Cal Poly is such an AWESOME place to get your undergrad education. It's very difficult to get into but, once in, you're guaranteed an amazing education.
In the article, Cal Poly ranked 5th, meaning that they accept only 15.9% of the applications they receive every year. They were ranked right behind, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Columbia. And they beat MIT (my husband's dream school). Take that, you Ivy League Schools. Ha ha!! Did I mention that my education was a fraction of the cost of any of those aforementioned schools? What's not to love? A superb education, a perfect location, an excellent price, super competitive academics...but best of all for me are the memories:
It's where I met my amazing husband.
And also made some lifelong friends.
So I guess, no matter what, I'd still be biased and think it was the BEST place in the world. Because, well to me, it is.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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