Those of you who have been reading this blog since I started in March 2004 might remember being introduced to my 7-year-old daughter, Steph. Fast-forward to this past Saturday when I dropped my now 18½-year-old daughter Steph at college! No, really.
Last winter she joined a Facebook group for all admitted students, and she became friendly with two of the girls there. They met in person at various events during the winter and spring and decided to room together. I had drilled into her that you don't have to be best pals with your roommate(s), but you do have to have compatible lifestyles. So, for Steph, that meant very neat and orderly, and also early-to-bed-early-to-rise. These girls have similar preferences, so it was a good choice. They lucked out and got the dorm that was recently renovated, so they actually have AC! Also better wifi than the other dorms, modern bathrooms, etc. On the first floor of her dorm is a big kitchen, a study area, a TV room, and a laundry room. Everything is clean and new and nice.
The beds are adjustable, which means that if you don't mind using a step stool, you can fit loads of stuff UNDER your bed and conserve precious floorspace. There are adjustments at various levels, as with shelving—this is the highest it goes:
Pretty clever, huh? (The beds can also be stacked as bunk beds, but no one was too eager to go that route.)
She has orientation through Tuesday, and then classes start on Wednesday. In between all the meetings and sessions, there have been fun events like a BBQ and a city scavenger hunt, and tonight they're being taken on a harbor cruise. I love that she'll be living in downtown Boston, something I never did.
That being said, she's only 7.6 miles away from home, which means that she can hop on the T and be in her old bedroom in about a half hour if she feels the need, or we can easily bring her things from home that she wants. But she is away, so it's the best of both worlds. We are very proud and excited!