No, I cannot. I knew intellectually that this would happen -- that high school would go by in the blink of an eye -- and now it's happening, and it's giving me panic attacks. High school is 1/12 over. The time definitely goes faster when they're not at home.
The hotel in The Shining is not far off from winter in New England, though the good news is that this year there has been more snow in the first half of March (spring break in DS's case) than the rest of the winter. Even the most stunning campus was pretty dark, cold and downright depressing to DS over the winter! Sorry to digress...
The more I read on this board and hear from DS about his freshman year, the more strongly I feel that you really have to love the school, the atmosphere, and the culture. It's a challenging experience to be away from home, and academics are challenging -- too much so to not basically feel very comfortable and "at home" in your environment. As a parent, I would not be happy spending all of the tuition money knowing that my child was not really happy to be at his school. Seriously, re-visit as many as you can, and listen to your gut and your heart. Don't overlook things just because you want to like a particular school.
Congratulations to everyone going on re-visits, and good luck and enjoy!
Very true, @ChoatieMom! My laundry-averse son told me at Christmas that the laundry service loses things, so he does his "important laundry" that "can't get lost" himself. I suspect that he sends all the dress clothes to E&R, with the "important" things being favorite socks and workout clothes.
I have only heard of one incident from DS -- a stolen backpack (perhaps misplaced?) -- which led to dorm inspections , but that was a while ago. The dorm rooms have locks and I believe they have a safe, though I don't know that it's in use. I think you use the common fridge at your peril.
I do feel vindicated in buying the cheapest comforter/bedding set for DS -- comforter cover was ripped and (resourcefully) held together by safety pins by about October -- definitely not at risk!