This time of year is definitely the most emotional for me. As I receive the late night texts from my students thrilled to share their latest acceptances, I feel virtually the same excitement that I have with my own children. But on the other hand, as I meet with my parents to confirm the decisions and transition to college preparations, it's hard for me to hold back my tears as those mommas share about their mixed emotions about their babies leaving for college, As a mom who has done it twice and will see our last one off this fall, trust me I know. I know the hole in your heart and the lump in your throat. Some days the excitement bubbles as you discuss the great deal you just got on that perfect rug for the new dorm or the room you just booked for orientation weekend. But, other days, those same conversations make you break down like a little baby. It's okay. I do know that you will survive because I have. I do know that things change, but there are many exciting things to look forward to as well. Just like every other stage, you will feel such a sense of pride as your child becomes independent and experiences a whole new sense of personal accomplishment. There will be hard days and good days...for you both, but don't ever stop praying for and believing in your college student. I've got so much more to say, but I'll save it for my end of summer post. For now, CONGRATULATIONS to all of my guys and girls for all of their acceptances. Every one of my students gained acceptance into one (in most cases all) of their top-choice schools. To my seniors, savor these last weeks of high school and those friends that you take for granted seeing every day. Be safe at prom. Have a blast at all of the graduation parties. And, most importantly, spend a little extra quality time with your mom this summer.
I am a wife, mom, and educator. I love learning and helping others learn. Few things are more rewarding than helping kids find their way.