I forgot to tell you . . .

As you may know, my oldest child is heading to college. Tomorrow!

Of course, we knew this was coming. Planning for applying for college begins in earnest pretty much as soon as high school starts these days. They do have a meeting for 9th grade parents in which they say “Don’t think about college yet,” but that’s just a lie. 

I mean, here I am, less than 24 hours away from leaving my little baby in her dorm room, and I can tell that I haven’t really taught her everything she needs to know. She had to mail a letter today and could not find the mailbox because they moved it a few feet. 

So, here are the things I probably won’t remember to tell her:

If you run out of clean underwear, its ok to just wear new ones, as long as they are packaged inside of as sealed plastic bag

Eat an orange every day, especially if everyone around you is getting sick. (I know, how did I never share the Vitamin C talk?!)

When you pull an all nighter before a test or paper deadline, find a place that is quiet but not too quiet (my dorm hall had a small lobby by the elevator that got me through my senior thesis paper) and also drink a six pack of Jolt cola. They still have that right? I have also heard that Mountain Dew has a lot of caffeine. You may also need a time machine for those.

Just because the professor says that class attendance is optional does NOT mean you don’t have to go to class.

Make use of the salad bar at the dining hall. You will never have such a readily available source of prepped and chopped veggies at your disposal.

 Ignore the soft serve ice cream machine in the dining hall. You will never recover from twice daily cereal bowl sized servings of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter. However, it is a great pick me up on a bad day

To open child-proof packaging, read the directions.

Look people in the eye at least one time when you talk to them.

Join all of the clubs that look interesting, but it’s okay to quit if it starts feeling like a cult. You could have a motto: “If it starts feeling like a cult, it probably is so run!”

Don’t be afraid to correctly replace the toilet paper holder. It probably won’t pinch your finger and if it does, you’ll survive. 

Don’t be the one who leaves the bathroom like this.

Don’t be the one who leaves the bathroom like this.

And finally, you really don’t need me to teach you anything. You are smart (brilliant, really) and you can figure anything out! And I would love to get a call if you have any questions about anything at all!