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Old 09-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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How are the college Freshmen all doing??

Just got a call from my son - he is a little over a month in now and is LOVING it! Every thing from classes- to roommates - to Boston! He is a social animal and has made a ton of new friends. I think there is a new girlfriend in the mix as well.

So relieved and feel like so far so good! I get to go up in 3 weeks for parents weekend and I can't wait to see him.

I get about a weekly longer phone call with various quicker ones throughout the week- usually asking for $$!

How are your freshmen doing?
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Just got a call from my son - he is a little over a month in now and is LOVING it! Every thing from classes- to roommates - to Boston! He is a social animal and has made a ton of new friends. I think there is a new girlfriend in the mix as well.

So relieved and feel like so far so good! I get to go up in 3 weeks for parents weekend and I can't wait to see him.

I get about a weekly longer phone call with various quicker ones throughout the week- usually asking for $$!

How are your freshmen doing?
That sums it up for DS. He's been home 3 times (he's an hour away). Just left at 12:30 today with his clean laundry that I did for him. He too loves everything. In addition to OPs comments, he's doing well with his classes (3 tests 3 As so far) and has joined a fraternity. Last weekend he was one of those guys who paints their bodies for the football game-and we spotted him on TV a couple of times.

He just broke up with his girlfriend who was still in high school ( I asked before he left for college if having a girlfried back home was a good idea-but what do I know.) He has realized that it's not so easy to have a girl at home and live college life to the full.

His schedule is getting busy with club activities and classes. He'll probably not be home until Thanksgiving again. But will facebook chat with me and text me periodically.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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DD is also loving college...EXCEPT - she and her roommate are just not getting along...Roommate has an "Eddie Haskel" personality. But in the room - is a messy, trampy and likes to party (with alcohol) on the weekends. Now - DD is not wanting to babysit a drunk roommate - on a weekend - after her friends drop her off at the room - which has happened more than one time already.

DD is not loving the food. And has given me a comprehensive list of what she wants to eat next weekend - including "quality cheeseburgers. please" She is coming home on Friday night, the first time since we droppeded her off in mid-August.

She has joined a sorority, and is loving that. And - the bonus - she gets to hang out at the sorority house, anytime she wants, so it is a nice alternative when things are tense with her roommate.

DD is firmly convinced that she picked the right college for her!

She is hoping to move in to the sorority house at semester - that will solve all her roommate issues.

She went out of town this weekend to a new friend's hometown - about 2 hours south of campus.

I can't wait until parent's weekend - at the end of October.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #4
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We've had an interesting start: Losing medical supplies, stuck in an elevator and almost dying from alcohol because he's diabetic....Fortunately that only covered the first 10 days...He has since gotten back to being the kid I sent up there...he is studying hard, hanging with his sister and other friends and not drinking..

He learned his alcohol lesson early (though I wish he didn't go through what he did)...and has gotten back to his responsible self. His roommates get along for the most part except his actual roommate that twittered nasty things about the other 2 suite mates....of course they found out so my son played referee they seemed to have settled it.

He has a girl he is crushing on. He heads home for homecoming at HS in 2 weeks. Can't wait to see him.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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My daughter is doing well and is happy. She and her roommate aren't really clicking though. They don't dislike each other but they probably aren't going to end up rooming together after this year. My daughter has made three good friends from her cheer team and she wants to room with one of them next year. Her grades so far have been really good. So far, so good!
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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I don't know much about her experience except that she's loving it. In fact, I rarely hear from her and see her maybe 15 minutes on Sundays (but not today, unforunately). She's only 7 miles away.

She does love her college and says she hates to leave campus even for a minute because she'll "miss something."

I know that she's partying way too much because, by her own admission, she's not going to sleep most days until 4-6 a.m. Her grades better hold up - we need her scholarship to pay for this school (I didn't plan on her going to a private college).

I miss her tremendously. She's asked me not to come to parents weekend (yes, that broke my heart).

I always hoped she would enjoy school but it almost feels like she likes it too much.

Oh, and she's dyed her hair blue, white and burgandy and she's also gotten a tattoo over her entire thigh.

Where did my sweet little girl go?
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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Oh tattoo! That's one I might be surprised with at parents weekend! He's already picking restaurants!
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #8
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DS is blossoming socially. He had friends in HS but he is into EVERYTHING at college. When he left, he was set to do marching band and be in a living learning community. In addition, he has joined the Ultimate Frisbee team - a club team which travels, was recruited for a fraternity and is a sometimes coach of his floor's flag football team. He likes 2 of his 3 roommates. Of course, the 1 is the one on his side of the room.

He has already made a trip to the emergency room - he ate a cookie with a walnut in it. He's allergic. Five of his friends took him to the hospital & the car they took broke down a block from the hosital.

I keep reminding him to keep his grades up. He promises that he is and based on those that I can see, he is. His schedule isn't the greatest - he has class until 5:45 3 days per week- including Fridays and until 7:15 two days. per week. That's what you get when you don't get to orientation until mid-August.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #9
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DD is doing great. She is on the dance team, she LOVES her suitemates (6 to a suite ) We could not have asked for more!! Her college is near a wooded reservation, so she is out hiking a lot. She actually just helped out a woman who was injured recently on a trail.
She is coming home this coming weekend for her Birthday (she is getting an iphone and I refused to send it to school) if it was not for that she would probably not be coming home..She LOVES it there!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #10
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My son is loving college! He is in marching band,which helps in meeting new people,and rooms with a friend from high school and has 5+ high school friends on his floor.

He is an hour away,but has only been home for a quick over night to see his old school's first football game. We go to the home football games to see him march and go early to take him out to eat and visit. He says the food is getting boring,so I took him a little care package last time we were there.

He seems to be working hard in classes and even taught his history professor something that will get him some extra credit.That's my boy!

He told me he was sorry he doesn't keep in touch more often,but I told him I would rather he being studying and enjoying college! I think he did just that after the game last night. He and some friends went to Freebirds to eat and he decided to do a challenge for a free brownie. He had to drink a 5 ounce glass of half jalapeno juice and half death sauce and keep it down for 30 minutes. Crazy child!

So nice to hear so many others are doing well too!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:31 PM   #11
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My daughter is very happy. I worried she had it so built up in her mind that it'd let her down or she'd be expecting too much. Since she was little she had dreams of going there. She would say, "MC is *my* Disneyworld, mom. Now do you understand?"
And yay! She's happy and loving it.

She's only 6.6 miles down the road but we do not see her much. She does student athletic training so football is keeping her BUSY. SHe travels with the team so those away trips unnerve me...but I'm a worry wart and just have to keep it to myself.

This weekend was Parent's Weekend with a home football game (among other things) so she was going to be busy getting ready for the game so we passed on signing up for everything. We went to the football game and we took her out to eat afterward. She jabbered non-stop--not really like her, but I enjoyed it. She seems to enjoy the social stuff, has made lots of new friends, and seems to be using some discernment so far. She reads people well and seems to be a leader. I hope she'll keep her head on straight.

She told me that some of the girls have BFs at home or off somewhere else and they keep them--but they sleep around too.

Her roommate's BF was here for Parent's Weekend but not her parents. She said they rented a room and she was glad she wasn't having him in the room! Anyway, after dinner last night I walked up to her room with her and low and behold they were in the room, lol. DD's cracks the door and we hear "We're not doing anything, we're not doing anything!" I was at the door and said, "The momma is here too!" She comes running over saying hi and giving me a hug, lol. I've seen her one other time and she hugged me then too.

They get along, but they're not best friends which is fine. Probably better off that way.

She's joined a few clubs--FCA, something else and the BSA . She's lily white...but she said her RA and a few other friends begged her to join them. So far, she has not been able to attend any of the meetings because of class, football, studying, etc. She's had some trouble with math but has talked to the professor and goes to the tutoring sessions. With DD, I do not know whether to worry or not. Anything less than an A could set her off. Or, she could really be struggling. She gets that from my sister who called home after tests and would say, "I'm failing!!!" SHe had a 4.0 all through college.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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She would say, "MC is *my* Disneyworld, mom. Now do you understand?"
My grandmother used to say that to me when she would want me to go to the casino with her.

My daughter is doing great. Last weekend she took a solo trip to Disneyland. She has an interview Tuesday for a job. She has volunteered to do things almost every weekend and yesterday went on a retreat.

I don't think she is ever going to move back to Texas.

The good thing is my hotel costs for Disneyland may be eliminated...
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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We just visited our son -- first time we've seen him since dropping him off August 18. It was hard to go that long, but we wanted to give him his space. We won't have to wait so long next time, though, as we will all be going to a family wedding next weekend and he will be home for fall break two weeks after that.

He is so happy. He's made lots of friends, got a good-sized role in a musical, bonded with his roommate. He says he loves being surrounded by smart, creative people. He had trouble deciding on his college but now can't imagine being anywhere else.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:46 PM   #14
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DD is having a fabulous time in Florida. She loves being "at the beach" - she has a view of Tampa Bay from her dorm room. She's seen a manatee, a sea turtle and a shark in the waters off campus, and she sees dolphins so often I think she's getting a little blase about them lol.

She likes her roommate but they are not best friends - I think that's probably for the best. They are very compatible when it comes to living together, though. She's made a lot of friends and has a "group" to hang out with.

She also tried out for the musical and got a part in the chorus, and she tried out for and made the school's choral group.

I won't see her until Fall Break the weekend before Halloween, but her sister has a business meeting next week in Tampa and will be seeing her for the weekend, so that will be fun for them.

So far so good!
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #15
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DS is loving college. We skype every Sunday evening and he looks and sounds great. There are sometimes texts during the week as well, but if so, they are usually the "can you send me...." type of thing.

He made Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra and is also in a trombone quartet. He joined Anime club too.

He's really enjoying his classes and says for the most part, the homework isn't too bad. He's discovered that studying in the library works really well for him.

We were asking him tonight who he eats meals with. Breakfast is usually alone (most of his floormates don't get up that early). Lunch is sometimes alone, sometimes with friends from Japanese class (he doesn't get to lunch until after 2:00 due to class). Dinner is with Anime friends a couple days, Jazz friends a couple days, dorm friends a couple days, etc. So it sounds like he is meeting a lot of different people. We were a bit concerned since he doesn't have a roommate - the guy ended up not coming, so DS is a single in a double room. - but he's made a lot of new friends.

Parents weekend is the end of October but I can't go since my DH will be gone at convention and my younger DS has a football game and a competition that weekend (he's in marching band). Very sad I can't go but we're trying to see if we can make it up there for a concert in November. Otherwise, it'll be Thanksgiving before I get to see him.

I miss him but am so happy he's so happy.
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