Aidan came home last weekend for a visit.
I know. You may be thinking, “Wait—didn’t she just leave?” And the answer is yes. She did just leave. But she needed to snag a little home time and found a way to hitch a ride home thanks to a very active ride share board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luckily, it’s only a four-hour drive. And also luckily, Dan works in Madison once a month so he drove her back on Sunday night.
Her first week-and-a-half on campus was a little rough. I think she was surprised by the homesickness. I think we were, too.
There’s just a lot to adjust to, you know? Walking or biking three miles across campus every day to get to classes. Remembering to feed yourself at proper intervals. Making friends when you’re an introvert at heart. Showering in a communal bathroom. The noise levels of dorm life in general. For some kids, it’s a bit overwhelming.
I wish I had kept better journals in college. I can’t recall if I had a hard time adjusting, but my journal entry below might suggest otherwise. (Sorry, Mom!)
Sure, there are a handful of entries, most of which cannot be shared in this decidedly PG-13 space, but isn’t that what college is all about?
WAIT! MY DAUGHTER IS IN COLLEGE!
It’s all good. She is a very different college Freshman than I was in that she is the type of person who typically makes good choices.
And the good news is that she’s settling in. She’s feeling more comfortable every day. She’s loving her classes. She’s got this.
Plus, there’s the miracle of FaceTime.
And for now I resume my role of supporting her from a far. Turns out, I’m pretty freaking awesome at it.