On the BRIGHT SIDE, the craploads of money you will be spending on her suite between now and fall won't need to be spent again next year as long as she takes care of her stuff. :)
Been there, as you know. It's exciting and terrifying all at once. She's a great kid and going to have a fantastic time! Yes, there will be a tearful phone call or two-expect it sometime in the first year, but all in all it will be a great time for her.
My "Packing-for-college" tip? She'll need less than you think she will, so don't over pack. They've got the WalMarts, you know.
for the record, i'm 29 and would probably call my mom in the middle of the night if i was in jail because the only number I have memorized is my home phone.
doesn't that mean I'm not an adult, either?!
I was 17 when I went to college.. crazy. And my parents were still very much in charge... they paid for my car and the gas that went in it! :)
I think you absolutely should overplan and overresearch-- that is the fun part! Enjoy!
I'm so glad that everything seems "right." That's a huge step in keeping your sanity. I remember someone saying to me one time (when I told them how old my kids were), "Oh, you're almost done!" Wha? As far as I'm concerned, my kids will never be "on their own." I hope the one call they get to make from jail will be to me. Or as my friend says, after the shot's been fired, but before the body hits the floor.
As you know, there's a huge cushion of safety being in college, as opposed to say, backpacking by yourself in Europe with no credit cards. That may not help you when the post-partum depression hits, but we'll all be here for you. Just a mouse click away. :)
Both of my girls loved the dorm or apt. decorating--but it always cost me LOTS of money!
Did she end up close to home for college? Hope you're happy with her choice, although it does sound expensive. (it's still cheaper than Columbia!)
Take lots of notes for me I will be doing this in 2 years.
Dang, but I've missed you ;)
I highly recommend duvet covers and solid color sheets. Makes for easy changes of taste over the 4 years without big expense. The trick to a good duvet is to have ties in each of the four corners to keep it in place. I still have a few years, thank God, before I have to do this, but I remember shopping for my own dorm essentials with my mom. So much fun!!
ahhhh dorm life :) So much fun to decorate I remember that...I think I was constantly dragging my parents to Target and Bed.Bath and Beyond. My roomie on the other hand? Was more a pottery barn girl. Hope busy girl has a wonderful summer with the Busy fam before she's away at school. (And its totally cool to think she's away at school. Heck, I'm 32 and in a Ph.D. program...and my mother still thinks "I'm away at school" ) ;)
Congrats to you and your high school grad, Busy Mom. You'll be a great college mom.