Thursday, August 21, 2008

What Not To Do When Dropping Your Child Off At College

As you may or may not know, I work on a college campus--not on the academic side of the house, but I see and interact with students on an almost daily basis. Classes start at the university next week so offices have been busy preparing for yet another year. Every day for the past two weeks there has been a steady stream of students into my office building; some upperclassman who are headed to argue about a bill or change a class, but most of them incoming freshman who are excited, scared, and extremely nervous all at once who have no clue what to do, who to talk to, or how to deal with any of it.

Today was the big day when freshman, their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and anyone else remotely involved in their lives swarmed the campus for move in day. Some came with a couple car loads, some with pickups with their beds stacked high with their worldly possessions, and yes, some came with U-hauls.

I wasn't really affected by all the people until I was returning to the office from lunch. As I was walking across the parking lot, I was very nearly run over by a van packed to the max. As the van passed me, I saw an overly zealous mother who appeared to be steering the van with her knees, wildly gesturing with one hand out the window and had a video camera in the other obviously too busy recording the drive to the dorm. I was tempted to get upset and let her know about her less than steallar driving skills, but then in the passenger seat I saw a young man who looked absolutely mortified. He mouthed "sorry" to me and he basically looked like he wanted to crawl under the seat and die of embarassment. I felt really bad for him. Being a freshman in college is hard enough, its even harder when your mother tries to mow down the university employees while recording the drive across campus. Seriously, I just wanted to find the poor kid and buy him some alcohol, something tells me he probably could have used it. I am guessing it was a very long day for him.

9 comments:

Cameo said...

There you go Mandy, already trying to seduce the fresh meat, er, freshmen.

Nikki said...

Awww, poor guy! I hated move in day my freshman year, it was terrifying!!

jill marie said...

I don't know what is funnier, your blog entries or the labels underneath... hilarious!

Rosemarie said...

Ha Haa! Crazy mother on the loose! I understand how exciting it might be for some parents to get their children out of the house but JEEZ.. can we make it a little less obvious?!!!

Andy said...

Hahahaha... Poor kid... Luckily, when I'm off to college, I bet it'll just be me (and MAYBE my mom). And I plan on not giving her a camera.

Coconut said...

Ahh, I always hated it when the freshmen and their parents came to town. My college town was full of one-way streets and people were constantly driving the wrong way and then realizing it and suddenly swerving into a parking lot. That kid probably got shit faced the moment his mom left that night.

Jamie Lovely said...

Oh gosh. poor kid!

chickbug said...

oh no! i remember that freshmen feeling. so exciting but scary!!!

I'm Frank said...

As a freshman, I was shown up to my dorm, and then my dad and a few members of the cross country team helped carry my things up. Then my dad shook my hand and was gone. All in all it took about 10 minutes...15 tops.