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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Advice for Sending Your Baby to College


Bits of Wisdom I Have Gleaned Thus Far
Preparing to Send My Baby to College
(Some are for her. Some are for me. Some are for both of us.
By Elaine Rooker Jack

Get the right people in your corner.

Beware “The Fifth Wall.” Because of technology and devices, it’s never been easier to be physically in one place but mentally and emotionally somewhere else. It’s easier to be in touch with parents, high school friends, and friends at other colleges who have it WAY better than you do, or so they say. It’s also easier to stay busy without ever having to interact with an actual person.

“Focus on what you want, not on being wanted.”*

Wear flip flops... the dorm bathrooms and showers.

Record the serial numbers of your electronic devices.

“Roommates who want to get along find a way to get along.”*

Exchange emergency contact numbers with your roommate.

One in five college-age people have at least one STD.

Students have more information about the college experience and more resources than any kids in history, ever.

I am no longer a high school parent. I’m a college parent.

“It’s not about letting go, it’s about loosening your grip.”*
Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor, Today's Family magazine. 

Sources: Denison University June Orientation
*The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen
Photo via Naked Roommate


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