Well, I'm back in my hotel room from moving my daughter into her school today! I can honestly say that I can't remember a time in my life that I have been this exhausted. I'm beyond tired, emotionally drained.
Truly though...it was amazing! Getting to see how many upperclassmen volunteered their time today to help the new students move in to their rooms was incredible! There was such commaderie amongst all of the girls helping the girls move in and answering questions.
When I woke up this morning I never thought it would be enough time with her today. I learned, that even though it's not...it really is. This is their time, and you get to see a glimpse of how truly ready they are for this next step. Yes, my daughter was nervous and thought she might not be able to make friends...but mostly they show you in little ways how ready they are. She was amazed at how well she connected with some of the upperclassmen already.
Those first moments in meeting their new roommate is a bit awkward! Open some dialogue between them and before long they'll find a lot in common. I was kind of amazed because my daughter's roommate is an international student from China and they have quite a bit in common coming from such different backgrounds!
Ask all the questions! There was no question too silly, too small, or too big that the staff wasn't more than willing to answer. At our school, they all seemed so genuinely happy to be there and to make move in day awesome! Every question that I asked or witnessed being asked was answered with a smile.
The most important lesson I learned today while unpacking my daughter was to let the small stuff go! If your child wants something set up in their room in a way that wouldn't work for you...you're not living there. If they end up hating how they set something up...they can change it later! Just let it go...let them have this moment!
Everything about today reiterated to me 100% that she is exactly where she should be. Everything in regards to finding the right fit...absolutely essential. This is the exact right fit and for that, I'm forever thankful!