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Summer and saying goodbye

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I hope you had a great summer! We spent our vacation with eight high school seniors soon to be Freshmen in college, sounds crazy, I know, but it was the perfect way to end our summer. We soaked up every minute of it.  Spending time with all these really great kids, all on the cusp of starting something new was special. A couple weeks later we brought our son (first born) to college. I’ve been more or less preparing for this for the past year or rather 18 years, I don’t think though, that will ever cushion a parent from the heartbreak of saying goodbye to their child. Everyone will ask, how was it and honestly all I can think to say is heartbreaking. He is 10 hours away and won’t be home until Thanksgiving. His presence is missed daily even with another sibling still at home. They all have that special something they add to the home and it will be missing. I’m sad but it’s a double edged sword. He is really happy where he is. This is what we’ve been getting him ready to do for the past 18 years. To go out on his own, find happiness, make good decisions, stay safe…When I watched him walk back to his dorm as I sat in the car with tears streaming down my face all I could think was that he has become a young man who has exceeded my wildest expectations (in a good way!). It’s hard to be sad about that. So to all those parents who have sent their kids off to college my heart is with you. I heard it gets easier with time. Now, for me, I’m diving back into a full fall schedule and a lot of fun things to share with you.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {7}

Andrea is a double major in Health Administration and Human Resource Management at Rutgers.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Jane was a girl who lived on my floor my freshman year and the first day of school I went into her room and introduced myself and asked her to the dining hall! We are such great friends and live together now.

DORM ADVICE: Its a very small space, keep things clean and respect your roommate or things can get very awkward.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: I decided to become a founder of a sorority on campus and it was the best decision I ever made. I met so many amazing women and left my mark on the Rutgers community. (More on this in another post!)

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…hanging out with friends either watching movies or going out to frat parties and dancing!

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: I’ve never had a fat sandwich but I hear those are all the rage. I’m a classic mozzarella sticks and french fries gal.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Football games. Even though we lose almost every game it is still so much fun tailgating and showing our Rutgers Pride.

FAVORITED DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS

STUDY TIP: Don’t leave anything until the last minute because you always feel bad for those people who have to pull an all nighter the day before an exam, don’t be one of them!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The Seminary Place library, or the academic building.

BEST CUP OF COFFEEGerlandas Coffee is hands down the best on campus. The barista knows my name personally and my order, don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: How to calculate GPA.

MOST USED APP: Sakai or my Rutgers app that tells you when the busses are coming what the dining hall is serving and teachers post all announcements homework and quizzes.

HOMESICKNESS: My parents are definitely not proficient in the technology area so it was usually just a phone call. When they were feeling really sentimental they would have my brothers FaceTime me. I do come home a lot though because I’m not too far!

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last time I was home lol!
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Focusing on the now.

This is a repost from last year that I think will help all those parents of seniors starting or in the midst of the campus visits. Good luck!

I’ve spent the past few days driving, more or less, in a circle. We’ve been on the college visit circuit, sitting through presentations, taking tours, asking questions…The car rides have given me a lot of time to think and despite the length of some of these trips it has given me more time. More quality time to spend with my son and more time to prepare myself for him to eventually leave.  It gives us a chance to talk about both the mundane and the heartfelt and for me to completely focus on our time together.  There are more of those car rides and flights coming up which I’m now looking forward to. I apologize in advance if I’ve fallen behind on posting or taken a bit more time to get back to you but I’ve got a son right now who needs me as much as I need him.

What you need to know about campus social life series {6}

Lauren attends Colgate, swims and as you can tell from below, a horseback rider.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: The swim team and on my floor in my dorm. It’s easiest to become close to people you are constantly around.

DORM ADVICE: Keep an open door and be friendly. It’s really easy to get close to people on your floor. In regards to roommates, I know most people say “you just have to be able to get along” and I think that is true. Personally, my 2 roommates are my best friends. I didn’t find adjusting to living with people to be too hard.. it’s all about being easy going.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Our social scene is split between Greek and house parties, but you don’t have to be involved in Greek life in order to go out. A lot of sports teams have houses/ apartments that they host things in. We have one bar called the Jug that serves to 18+ (No one is really sure how this exists, but it does).

A TYPCIAL WEEKEND IS: A balance between being in the library or being out.

CLUB FAVORITES: Every athlete needs to be part of this volunteer program called “Adopt-a-Classroom” where we spend an hour or so at the local elementary school. This is the only “club” I’m involved in, but I love it.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Oh boy.. our dining hall is open 24/7 so late night eating is very prevalent and very dangerous (haha) Starting at 10, Chef Ed makes unbeatable french toast and his own “Ed burgers”.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: The number 13 is our lucky number (Colgate was founded by 13 men with $13 and our address has #13) It’s fun to recognize many “13” related things on campus and every Friday the 13th is Colgate Day!

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: We have (what used to be) a ski hill on campus that has really pretty hiking trials off of it.

STUDY TIP: Start assignments early. While there isn’t daily homework like high school, you do have to study every day and work on papers/projects very far in advance in order to do well.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: In the science center next to my dorm. They leave the classrooms open at night so my friends and I like to take one and study together.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: Saxbys!

MOST USED APP: Instagram

HOMESICKNESS: I missed my family the most leading up to breaks. I text my sister and parents almost everyday and call them whenever I miss them a lot. Having a family group chat is a fun way to stay in touch.

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime!

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: I actually did laundry today 🙂

Sorry for such long answers, talking about college is so fun 🙂

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What you need to know about campus social life series.{5}

Christina goes to West Virginia University and I know she’s loving school!

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: My best friend in college is my roommate but otherwise I met my best friends through Greek life. I know Greek life sounds kind of cliché but I highly recommend joining Greek Life because I met so many more people in other sororities and fraternities.

DORM ADVICE: Always keep your room clean. Definitely add the lights and tapestry cause your dorm is your home and if it isn’t cute you’re not gonna want to stay in it. Also try to make friends with every one on your floor for a better time. Lastly, become friends with your RA because they can become a good source for advice.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Definitely Greek. There is nothing better than frat row. Going to the fraternity houses is always my favorite and it is just a better way to meet more people.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS: Going out with all my friends and sorority sisters to either a frat house or a club and dancing our nights away having a blast. Also in college the weekend starts on Thursdays (lol).

CLUB FAVORITES: I love to go to the clubs Lux and also Whisper. It’s always so much fun because we usually have socials there and it’s a great way to meet people.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Usually Clutch which is a wing shop that delivers. I usually get wings with their famous clutch sauce along with mac and cheese with bacon sour cream and peppers. My roommate and I get it at 12 all the time.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: After every win for any type of game, it is tradition to sing Country Roads by John Denver. Whenever we sing it I always get the chills because it is such a proud moment for all Mountaineers.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: There is a place called Los which is off campus. They have the best Spanish food and drinks. My favorite place on campus is a downtown restaurant called Lotsa Mozza. They have make your own brick oven pizza. Everyone loves it.

STUDY TIP: Never wait till the last minute to study because then you will be stressed out and most likely do bad on that exam. Always do homework the day it is assigned so you’re not in a rush. Also, Quizlet will become your best friend.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: I usually go to the library which is a 5-minute walk and rent a study room with my friends. We put our favorite music on and all study together and have fun fooling around during study breaks. We sometimes stay there till 2 in the morning.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: In the library café called Eliza’s. I usually get a medium white chocolate latte, iced when it’s hot out and hot when it’s cold out. I sometimes drink four of those in one night they are so good.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Alpha Phi clothes.

MOST USED APP:Definitely Uber. My mom yells at me for how much money I spend on the app.

HOMESICK: I thought about how they would be happier to see me at school and having fun and getting an education. I also thought about how boring it would be to stay at home.

SKYPE OF FACEBOOK: Facetime 100%.

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY:Last Monday.

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what you need to know about campus social life series. {4}

Giovanna is a freshman at Rowan.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Me and my one friend met at orientation and stayed in contact. Once school started we met up and us and our roommates instantly became best friends.

DORM ADVICE: Even though mess is inevitable in such a small place, try to keep it neat so you don’t lose things.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: It depends on the night.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…Either going out with a bunch of my friends or staying in and having a girls night.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Chickies and Petes (they just built a new one in campus!)

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: A nice walking trail through the woods on campus.

STUDY TIP: A quiet study environment for sure!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: A cubicle near the window in the quiet section of the library.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: One of the many Starbucks on campus, or Ry’s bagels.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Concert tickets.

MOST USED APP: Rowan blackboard which organizes grades and assignments.

WHEN I MISSED MY FAMILY THE MOST: I would FaceTime (: them.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last week.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {3}

Gianna goes to University of Kentucky and is majoring in Marketing and Economics.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: In my sorority.

DORM ADVICE: Make sure you go out and make friends and get to know the people on your floor. It makes college ten times more fun!

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…I usually spend my weekends sleeping in and working out, studying, or going out at night.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Either the bar or an athlete party, frat parties are not what people think they are.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING Always chocolate.

CLUB FAVORITES: CHAARG! I am an exec member for a health and fitness organization for women at UK and its the best thing I could have ever done.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: Greek sing or Dance Blue!

FAVORITE DISCOVERY OFF CAMPUS: My favorite discovery off campus is the Arboretum. Its this awesome nature preserve where I go running

STUDY TIP: Don’t wait until the night before to study. This isn’t high school, and college is ten times harder.

SECRET STUDY SPOT:The back of the library in this little cubby so no one can bother me lol!

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: I don’t drink coffee, only tea but Common Grounds is a great place for coffee!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: My most recent google search was youtube videos on greek sing because my sorority won overall champs.

MOST USED APP: Instagram definitely!

I MISSED MY FAMILY MOST WHEN:I usually just would try to keep myself distracted and try not to think too much about home when I was home sick.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: FaceTime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Sunday night.

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