by Sara Sorge
Whether you are a freshman packing up to head to Lubbock right about now, or a parent with mixed emotions about sending your baby to Tech, going away to college is an emotional experience.
Advice for Freshmen
I want to urge those of you reading this to enjoy the last bit of time you have living at home, you may not believe me, but you will get adjusted to Lubbock quicker than some of you may think. You’ll make friends, you’ll find new passions, you’ll get adjusted to your independence and your own routine and all of a sudden “home” doesn’t quite feel like home anymore. When you come back home for weekends or breaks it will feel a little different, and seeing your old friends won’t be quite the same. So enjoy the closing of this chapter, but I promise the beginning of your college chapter will be even more amazing.
Advice for Parents
Cherish your time with your kids! Enjoy this time, it is probably the last time they’ll be permanently living under your roof. But also, be excited for them. Especially as Terry's, they will have so many incredible experiences and opportunities and there is so much fun to be had and new things to learn.
Stay in Touch
During my freshman year I kept in contact with my family a lot. I texted or snapchatted my family or would call when I had a chance. It’s important to stay in touch and stay connected. Freshman: don’t forget to talk to your family. You may get caught up having fun with all the new people you’re meeting and the organizations you’re joining, or you may be drowning in homework and studying, but just take a few minutes to talk to your family. They miss you, love you and want to know about all the exciting things you are doing. Parents: Understand that sometimes you may not hear from your kid as often as you’d like. At first it feels weird, you’re so used to seeing them daily and communicating with them and all of a sudden they’re gone and you haven’t heard from your child in a few days. But please know that just because they haven’t told you, they do still love you and they will miss you too.
Family is always there for you, through the ups and downs of freshman year, so appreciate your family and love them, and get excited for all that freshman year has to bring.