My daughter and her two college roommates have become really close this first year away from home for all of them. The roomies have siblings. My daughter is an only child. So, I wondered how that would work out. Overall it’s worked out great.
When school began last fall, I put together a list of contact information for all of the parents, that included mailing addresses, every conceivable e-mail address and phone number I could gather. I then sent that out to everyone – including the girls -- and loaded all of those numbers into my cell phone. There was one time this past fall where I couldn’t reach my daughter and I was able to call one of her roommates and get in touch with her that way. I highly recommend that parents assemble and disseminate this kind of a list when their students go off to school.
The girls dreamed up an idea of taking a road trip to each of their hometowns over Spring Break, which was March 18-26. That involved using a car belonging to one of the girls’ fathers, and driving about 1,000 miles in a week. None of them had ever driven anywhere close to that distance, so I was obviously “worried.”
I put together an on-line driving test with some questions about preparedness and emergencies and asked them to work on it together and send me the answers. I figured this road trip was going to be a team effort, so the test should be, too. They were actually nice enough to humor me and take it seriously. They did a great job on it!
They drove from Fort Wayne, IN, to Parkersburg. Then a couple of days later they drove the longest stretch to Urbana, IL. A couple of days later, they drove back to Fort Wayne. They refer to the trip as their “Fort Urbana-burg” adventure.
I was so relieved when they called and said they were back in their dorm. But they had had a great time, a neat adventure, and built some memories they will take with them for the rest of their lives.