You've finished arranging the toss pillows in your freshman's dorm room, so you tell her one last time to eat her vegetables and not to wear white after Labor Day before you issue a lipstick-y kiss goodbye. Then you curl up in the backseat while your spouse drives in silence and you ache. What to do after that day, after you've arrived back home?
Just because your class starts at noon doesn't mean you should roll out of bed at 11:45 am. Get up; take some time to prepare for your day without being rushed -- review homework, eat breakfast, start a daily routine, stretch, etc.
You are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Treat it as such.
If you think freshman drop off was hard, think again. All those Bed, Bath & Beyond runs and pillow fluffing were child's play. That's right, the big shebang isn't at drop off, it comes later. At least four years later.
You go to college to learn. That's the whole point of it. After having completed my freshman year, however, I realized that you learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside it. And, believe me, these lessons will bruise you and break you just as much as the exams and labs do.
Sometimes I feel I've changed so drastically that, if I met you now, we might not even get along because we're so different
Your first two months on campus can set the pace for the rest of your college career. Think of it like running a marathon: you want a strong start to guide your attitude and determination through future miles, but set out too fast and you'll be out of fuel before you can finish.
Growing up is tough. Gone are the everlasting summer days when you could spend nights playing tag in your backyard, tasting the sweet morsels of infinite happiness on your playful tongue.
Physically your body is on campus, but emotionally you're connected to friends, family, long distance partners, and strangers off campus. Use technology to meet new people on campus, not to hide from them.
That child you love -- the one you raised from creation that centered your universe, rocked your world and drove lava into your veins at the same time -- yeah that one -- you can't keep him. You have to let him go.