Take time to thank your parents

By Katie Powers, buzz Editor

Move-in day is right around the corner and if you’re one of the incoming students preparing for your freshman year, know you have an exciting road ahead of you. Your journey at the University of Illinois will be full of endless opportunities to pursue your passions, learn from professors who will open up your mind and meet friends who will soon feel like family.

Move-in day is exciting and overwhelming in the best way possible, but it might also feel a bit sad. On move-in day, you’ll be preparing to close the book on one chapter of your life and begin the process of moving into another. That said, as you move into your residence hall this year, please remember this day holds as much significance for your parents as it does for you. In all of the stress, fear and excitement you might be experiencing on move-in day, keep in mind your family is probably feeling it right along with you.

For many students, not seeing your family every day is a big adjustment, and not having you around every day is probably going to be a big deal for them, too. Your parents might have cooked your meals, given you rides and helped with homework during your time in high school. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge the big changes ahead as you prepare for move-in day. Often it’s difficult to see beyond the logistics of moving, like the extensive packing lists and the textbook purchases, but taking some time to remember what this day means for the people you love will make the experience feel smoother and more meaningful.

Move-in day can also come with frustrations; packing and unpacking can be stressful and tiring. It might be tempting to take your feelings out on your family but remember they are only there to show support for you. Snapping at your family over a misplaced box or an over-packed car will only sour a day that’s meant to be a testament to your accomplishments.

Move-in day is hectic, stressful and endlessly exciting. It can also be bittersweet for some students and their families. As your time at Illinois commences, don’t be afraid to take some time to slow down, and reflect on the journey you took to get here. During move-in day, thank your parents for everything they might have done to get you to this point. They are so proud of you and hearing you say how grateful you are for the opportunity to attend college will mean the world to them.

And for all of those students who might not have their parents support as they begin their college experience, know your journey is valid and you have so much to be proud of.

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