A College Student’s Memo to Parents of College
Whether your child is a new freshman or a weathered senior, it can bechallenging to watch him move hundreds or even thousands of milesaway from home. We college students recognize this too; moving awayoften entails heartbreaking goodbyes to people and places we never
imagined we’d have to leave.
But with that being said, the journey to college is a shock to our system.All the restless
ness we’ve built up throughout nearly twenty years of
close supervision is alleviated in an environment where we can finallymake our own lifestyle decisions for the first time. Our desire to learnmore about the world outside of our hometown is finally granted, as wemeet interesting people from all different parts of the globe. We finallyhave a space that is truly ours; we are freed from the dailyinterrogations, negotiations, and quibbles that marked our adolescence.These new conditions distract us, and for a few years of our lives, theywill fully consume us.What parents should realize is that we do, in fact, love you and
appreciate everything you’ve done for us; it just might take some of us
until later in our lives to call you every day and let you know about it.Right now is a time for us to be as independent as possible. You knowus better than anyone: you know that we will definitely make mistakes,and you might even be able to anticipate how they will pan out.However, we are young and resilient, and for the first time, it is our jobto learn from our own mistakes.