Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

School

School is not just about classes. It’s a chance to try new things. To meet new people. To expand your horizons. 

Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

But your scholarships are dependent on good grades, so please study a lot. Or take Grandpa’s advice and flunk now, to avoid the rush.

Communication

It’s not the expectation that you will call every day or text us all the time. Live your life. This is your time to spread your wings.

Please don’t go radio silent for weeks on end. At least text us an emoji once in a while. This isn’t the 1950s when you have to wait in line for the house phone while the other girls in shirtwaist dresses anxiously wait on their beaux.

Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

Teachers

Not every professor is going to be the best professor ever. Some of them will be fantastic; others not so much. You can learn something from everyone, even if it is just “that’s not how I want to treat people.”

Why are they hiring bad professors at this university? What are we paying for, anyway?

Relationships

Obviously you don’t go to college to meet boys. If you happen to meet one there, though, that’s great. It’s one of your last great chances to mingle with a large pool of people your own age in an educational setting.

Those boys better not do anything remotely creepy to you. Sometimes, men is too headache.

Adventures

Have new adventures. Try new things. Learn about yourself.

Please don’t do drugs or anything illegal. You’re kind of a long drive away and I might not want to bail you out in the middle of the night.

Food

Try out some new foods in the cafeteria! You might find things you really like!

You could also use the dorm kitchen to make chicken tacos or lava cake if you feel you need a taste of home.

Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

Balance

Some days are full of new adventure and exciting things.

Some days are for textbooks, a warm blanket, and a Hulu break. 

Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

Life

These are some of the best years of your life…

…so far.


 

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Sharon Falduto is a Central Iowa native who came to University of Iowa in 1991 and essentially never left the area. She is involved in local community theater, notably as one of the co-founders of Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre. She has also directed children's plays with the Young Footliters group. Sharon works in with English Language Learners in a support position at Kirkwood Community College.. She lives in Coralville with her husband, Matt, and three daughters Rachel, Samantha, and Piper.

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