Thursday, August 6, 2009

The College Parent 101

I'm feeling a bit like a college student at the moment (except for the fact that I got up at 4 am!), after a day of finding my way around a college campus, eating in a cafeteria, and taking notes while listening to professors and administrators talk about registering for classes, getting along with roommates, the ins and outs of dorm life, campus safety, financial aid, The Honor Code, Cornerstone classes, community service opportunities, etc. Fortunately, I didn't have to take out a blank sheet of paper and number from one to ten . . .






Taylor and I left home at 6 am this morning, arriving at LaGrange College at 8:30 for Freshman Orientation. The orientation staff scheduled a full day of informative sessions, for both parents and students. While Taylor took placement tests, set up his college email account, got a picture ID, and obtained his first taste of college life, I listened to advice on how to support and encourage my college student, including when to parent and when to step back, and was reassured (along with many other parents) that my son would learn to manage his time and be responsible for getting things done on his own. However, we parents were warned not to be surprised if our sons didn't wash their sheets all semester . . . (Gross, I know!)





Tomorrow morning Taylor will register for his classes, and then we will head for home. But, in just a little over a week, he will be back to stay . . .


While a bit apprehensive about sending Taylor off to college, I'm also excited about what I've seen at LaGrange and feel like it is going to be a good fit for him. I have been very impressed with every encounter we have had with the LaGrange staff. They seem to do everything with excellence and professionalism and top it off with a good dose of southern hospitality that makes you feel very welcome and "at home." I was also encouraged to hear about the extra accountability that will come from being a part of the football team. Apparently, the coaches keep close tabs on the player's grades, class attendance, and overall attitude and behavior, holding the athletes to a high standard. I'm all for that!! :)







3 comments:

Rebecca's Refining said...

It is so exciting when our children head off to college! It is difficult at times, and yet a great time for God to work in their lives! LaGrange looks like a beautiful campus! Congrats to Taylor, and may he follow the Lord wherever the path may lead!

busymomof10 said...

Yes, the campus is Beautiful! I love the old buildings! I think the college was founded in 1831. They just built a new state-of-the-art library, which opened in the spring, plus the new football facilities, which were very impressive for a small college. So, it was good to see that they are still building, renovating and investing in the college.

MOMSWEB said...

After reading this post, I feel a little better about my 13 year old going to public high school after being homeschooled for eight years. His orientation is coming up soon. Yikes!
LaGrange campus looks beautiful!

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