It’s that time of year again, when parents of new students begin to think about the transition to college. Al Friedman, parent of Sam 06F and Rachel F09, compiled lots of advice from his and his kids’ experiences and from other families who’ve contributed to this discussion before. This week, comments on housing/move-in are posted below. Additional information from the College is italicized.
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Hi there! I’m Maureen Kennedy, one of the incoming Parent Council chairs at Hampshire College. As background, I went to Mt. Holyoke College and even took two classes at Hampshire in the late ’70s, have a son who graduated from Reed College two years ago, a son who graduated from Hampshire a month ago, and a son who is a rising junior at Grinnell College. My spouse sits on the board at Reed, from which he graduated. I sit on a small board that distributes about $250,000 annually to needy high school students in West Marin (north of San Francisco) who are heading to college. As a result, we are reasonably steeped in issues and options around the college experience. By no means have we figured it all out, however!
As your family grabs some final moments and memories with your student this summer, you may have questions and concerns. We thought it might make sense to use this blog as a place where parents could toss issues and ideas around – and even perhaps fears.
I’ll start – Are you planning any send-off strategy or celebration?
Six years ago, a journalist friend wrote about the experience of driving to the Midwest to drop off his son at college. It was a remarkably emotional and moving piece. As he and I chatted afterward, it occurred to me that, at least in a relatively traditional household, moms may be more intentionally planning for their children to leave (dare I say looking forward to the moment with some relish?) while dads might have to pack a lot of very constructive “separation” into a pretty short window.
My spouse drove each of the boys off to college. It took a chunk of time each summer, but I know he wouldn’t trade it for the world. What’s your game plan?
While I am not part of the college staff and my background is in housing policy, you should feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel the urge. I’ll shoot to do a blog post every week or two until the fall.
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