When I dropped my daughter off for her first year in a university in Anniston, there was unnecessary worrying from me as a parent. I knew she was a little bit terrified too. I had to pretend to be calm and easygoing while anticipating our goodbyes. I gave to her some last-minute reminders before I finally took off from the campus dormitory where she will be staying for four years.
The thought allowing her to live on her and the thought that we only get to see each other twice a year brought me churning emotions. No one told me that I would have sobbing moments for a few days. But I knew dealing with it would just take a matter of perspectives. I wish to be with her every day to take care and guide her but I knew that her independence while studying in a university offers learning experiences that are beyond price. I have to be happy for her because she’s in another milestone of her life.
So far, she had survived in the nine weeks of being a college freshman. She would text me several times and we get to call each other every week. There have been days when she seems to love everything about college but in a few times, it hurts hearing from her that she wants to go home. I have to tell her that the beginning of college can be lonely and she had to stick for a while. She usually gets over with homesickness after an hour or a day. But generally, she’s enjoying her dormitory life and the company of her new circle of friends.
I think most parents of the dorm residents are happy that the school has provided an ideally decent dormitory within the campus. My daughter has learned to easily adjust with her new environment. She’s been able to study well and has been more involved with the school organizations because she is in an on-campus residence.
I never had regrets in putting my child in this university. It was the best choice I made as a parent. I had no doubts about the dorm facility. The conditions of classrooms, libraries and laboratories are also well-maintained. I think it’s all been credited to the university’s general maintenance services.
There was a day when the students dealt with a cold morning with no hot water in the dormitory. The school’s maintenance service acknowledged the problem on that same day and quickly brought in a 24 hour plumber to fix the heater system. It didn’t take more than a day to address the inconvenience. Not a single plumber in Anniston Alabama is incompetent thus problems like these are easily fixed. It’s just a small part of all the tremendous help they do for the schools and other establishments. They care enough for the welfare of every student.
I believe all the things like a well-managed dormitory, comfortable classrooms, helpful people in the university are vital factors for the survival of a freshman student. My daughter did not have too much difficulty in adjusting to her new life because of these things. She felt she found a home in this place.