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Life lessons from the dorm

Catherine is impressing us with her transition to college. Nearly two weeks in at Hofstra U, she’s having some fun, getting her work done, making new friends and figuring things out.

She called yesterday — the first time to really have a conversation and not simply ask for something she forgot to pack.

She is homesick, but not weepy; is wending her way through the trials and tribulations of sharing a room; learning how to party like a college student; and is making lots of connections.

As she was recounting her adventures, explaining how things work and what she’s been up to, she stopped suddenly and asked: “Do I sound older?”

I conceded that she does seem much more mature than she did on Aug. 28 when we were unleashing various types of animal print on Stuyvesant Hall.

Still, I had to make a conscious effort to bite my tongue and not lecture too much on the need for proper sleep, good nutrition and exercise; time for studying; etc.

I hung up the phone feeling proud and slightly less anxious (well, for a minute or two).

Then last night she had me laughing with this picture posted on Facebook. I guess she’s exploring every way possible to get a new perspective.

That's Catherine, attempting a handstand in the lounge of her dorm.

That’s Catherine, attempting a handstand in the lounge of her dorm.


About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


2 thoughts on “Life lessons from the dorm

  1. i don’t think she goes to class …

    Posted by stump | September 10, 2014, 1:29 pm

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