Hi everyone! So sorry for not posting last week. My computer has been acting up and I have a feeling it is going to die soon..(lovely). Anyways, I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Boy was it hot this weekend in NYC. The heat index was anywhere between 105-110. Talk about hot! Even though I was unable to blog last week I was active on Twitter and it seems like a lot of my readers or people that I follow are heading to college this week! So bittersweet for me since I am no longer in college any more.
This weeks blog series will be focused on the lead up to saying goodbye to friends and family before heading out the door one last time before college! I remember the week leading up to my first day of college perfectly. To be honest, my emotions were all over the place. I was extremely excited to embark on a new chapter but at the same time I was extremely emotional. I never left home for periods of time by myself so I knew this was going to be a real change for me. I have a very close relationship with my parents since I am an only child and it was really hard to say goodbye to them since they have been my rock my entire life. I will never forget the Thursday/Friday before leaving for school on Saturday morning. My mom made my favorite meals at home because all I waned was home cooked meals since I was no longer going to have them as often. After dinner I remember sitting on the deck with my dad and all of a sudden I just stated crying. I was acting weird for a couple of days only because I was so emotional. I felt embarrassed at first but my parents told me that this was completely normal to feel this way. I remember the advice that my parents gave me was to always be myself, work hard, and have the time of my life. 4 years in college will fly by and please embrace every minute.
If you are leaving for the college for the first time, the last night at home will definitely be so strange to you. Your bedroom will be entirely packed besides your bedroom furniture. Side note, yes I packed literally everything in sight and brought way too much. I am so embarrassed to say that we had to take 2 cars to move me into college. But to make myself feel better I was the one to bring the mini fridge and that obviously takes a lot of space. I remember laying in my bed at night watching the episode of laguna beach when they all headed off to college (I am so embarrassed typing this) and sobbed once again. It was just such a weird feeling for me because I never felt this way since I had nothing to compare this experience too! When I drove out of my driveway I shed some tears but I knew I was going to be back home soon in October during fall break. When we got to college my parents so kindly helped me unpack all day and it was exhausting. The good thing is that you are already with your roommate and spending a lot of time decorating your dorm room that you forget about the final goodbye. My college did a great job during the day of getting the parents involved. They had a welcoming ceremony and a BBQ. It was a great time for everyone and there were many people around me that shed some tears saying goodbye to their family so I knew I wasn’t the only crazy one! When it was time to finally say goodbye I shed some more tears only because my parents said how much they loved me and how proud they were of me. To hear them say “you make me so proud” makes me cry every time. That is our mission in life as children to make our parents proud! After saying goodbye I felt weird for maybe 5 mins but then we had a dorm event and watched an outdoor movie. Next thing you know I no longer had any tears and I told myself college is going to be great.
I know a lot of my readers are heading out to college this week or next so feel free to reach out to me either via email (in about page), on Twitter (@splashofpreppy), or comment below! I am happy to answer any of your questions. Just remember that it is completely normal to feel all these types of emotions and if you aren’t feeling all these emotions yet, that is completely normal too!