I keep reading articles about the new “trend” of parents moving near their kid’s college – sometimes even living with them, but other times just living nearby. I’ve also read an insightful article by a student on this topic: http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/147000/The-Move-To-College-Should-Parents-Come
Here’s my situation. I’m a single mom, and my daughter is about to head off to the University of Minnesota. I currently work as a writer, and my employer will be making my job full-time remote at the end of the month, so I can leave Atlanta where I currently reside. I’ve always planned to move away once D graduated from high school. However, I never thought about where I would move.
Now that the time has arrived, I admit I fell in love with Twin Cities on our two visits there. Would I be ruining my child’s college experience if I also moved to Twin Cities? She’d still be in the dorms of course, and I’d just be among the 3.5 million other people in the metro area. She’s nervous and ambivalent about the idea, and so am I, but the alternatives are to move to my hometown in Florida to be near dad and sister, or move somewhere I have no family connections.
Feel free to share your honest opinions here, yet consider before you speak that most students go to college close to home, and most of the students at UMN are from Minnesota – many from the metro area – and will be able to see parents regularly on weekends.