Back to School Tips for Parents

Dear Parents,

My last summer of me living at home has been really great. Finally graduating high school was such a joy and I truly could not have done it without you.

I can’t believe that I am already a freshman in college. Everything here seems so foreign and I am just trying to get the hang of things. I am sure it has been weird not having me at home, but I want you to know I am fine.

Here are a few things I think you should know:

September: Just because I don’t text or call you back right away, does not mean I have fallen into a ditch somewhere. I am in college now and between my long and sometimes really boring classes, I am still trying to find my way around campus, back to my dorm and where the best places to eat on campus are. I am trying to find new people to hang out with and honestly, you are not at the top of my mind. Know that I do love you and miss you, even if I am not responding to your messages right away.

November: I cannot come home every time I have a three day weekend. Staying at school and getting to know the surrounding community is really important to me. I want to explore what the town has to offer and meet the people here. While you both are important to me, college is a time where I have lots of opportunities in front of me and I want to take advantage of as many of them as possible.

January: On campus food is really not that great. If you want to come to visit me, not only would it be great to see you. I miss your cooking from over winter break, but if you come down to visit lets go get some real food.

February: As much as I never thought I would say this, I miss you guys. I miss being at home. I am swamped with midterms right now though and there is no way I can come home to get some one on one time. Getting a care package from you with photos, a note, and some of my favorite things would really be awesome.

March: Okay, I just got some of my grades back and there are not good. I know you spend a lot of money for me to attend this school and I am sorry for these bad grades. This class was extremely challenging. Please think back to a really challenging class you had and don’t be too mad at me. Instead, send me some of the study tips you had in your college days so that I could improve next time.

April: Studying for my midterms, I pulled one too many all nighters and I am now sick. I still need to go to class but I don’t have any energy or money to buy medicine. Can you send me some money and let me know what medicine to buy to help me get better?

May: Okay, so summer is just a few weeks away. I know you really want me to come home and stay with you but I just found out about a really cool summer camp job. I will get to work with kids which will look good for my future job and they are going to pay me so I can start to save some money. I think this would be a really great opportunity and I hope you support me in my decision.

Thank you for being such great parents. I know it must be hard to have your only child away from home. I want you to know your support and love means everything to me, but now is my time to grow up into the adult you taught me how to be.

Thank you for being great role models. I love you mom and dad.

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.