High school graduation’s finally behind you, and you’ve got just three months (or less) until the day you’ll be dropping your kid at college. Part of you knows you should be getting a lifetime achievement award for making it this far, but instead, dropping a kid at college may feel like a train wreck in your own front yard.
Blunt and raw, here are my own feelings about dropping a kid at college.
My own oldest son is heading off to college within weeks, and here’s what I said recently to my dear mom friends who are on the same railroad tracks as I am:
“It’s like riding a speeding freight train 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 19 straight years. The train speeds up every year and goes faster and faster and faster AND FASTER until it becomes your life and your identity and your reality—and then SUDDENLY BAM! The train screeches to a halt and everyone you love flies off and runs away happy, and you’re left concussed and dazed and shell shocked and bruised by your seat belt—with only fragmentary memories of the journey.”
My friends laughed—and then they cried. They understood.
I love these words by Beverly Beckham on the subject of dropping a kid at college:
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What’s the most important furniture item for college students besides the dorm room bed? It’s not the dorm room desk (since quiet library study carrels tend to be far better for intense and focused studying than a dorm room will ever be.)
The most important furniture item for college students is a two-drawer filing cabinet.
Here are 7 reasons why a two-drawer filing cabinet (along with a little instruction on how to use it) just might be the most important item your child takes along to college.
1. A two-drawer filing cabinet reduces stress for students.
Without a filing system, your son will likely pile important papers on the right side of his desk. This works just fine for two weeks, until the pile becomes a massive avalanche risk and just finding a necessary paper document becomes an energy-draining ordeal.
2. There’s great power in being able to locate any necessary document in under 10 seconds.
Your daughter will greatly appreciate this when she needs to quickly locate a housing request form, or all the handwritten notes needed to study for a tough midterm.
3. Even in the 21st century, not everything’s electronic. Students still manage a massive amount of paper during college.
This is especially true for students who follow my advice and take class notes using pen and paper rather than electronic devices.
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Your child’s moving out of the dorm, heading off to another adventure for summer. What’s he going to do with all his stuff? You don’t want to drive the family minivan all the way there to pick it up. Especially because it’s not just clothes and school supplies. He’s got a mini-fridge and a microwave too. How can you take care of this in the easiest way possible?
Enter the dorm room moving superheroes, Dorm Room Movers.
Note that I have no affiliate agreement with this company. I’m giving you this information for free!
Dorm Room Movers sends clean, new packing materials straight to your son or daughter’s dorm room, and then either ships them home—or, if you prefer, stores them for the summer—and then delivers them back the following fall.
And if your child’s headed off to college for the first time this coming fall?
Avoid paying airline baggage fees or hauling heavy boxes yourself. Save gas money. Reduce the need for your daughter to bring a car with her to college. Dorm Room Movers will send empty boxes to your house, and all you have to do is pack, print shipping labels, and schedule a pickup on the DormRoomMovers.com website.
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