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As you have probably noticed by now, family is one of the most important parts of my life. Whether it was just me and my parents, or a family of nine, I have always been very close to my whole family and can’t go a day without talking to them. When I was preparing to go to college (and I can’t believe that it was three years ago already!), I wasn’t one of those kids who longs to go to a college on the opposite side of the country. I thought about going to a community college for a long time, where I could live at home and be with everyone. Eventually, my parents and friends convinced me that I would be happy if I went away to a college, even if I didn’t go very far.
I ended up applying to a school that was exactly 45 minutes away from home, and was thrilled when I got accepted there. My main concern when it came to leaving for college was that my littlest sisters were only a year old. I had huge fears that they wouldn’t remember who I was, or that they wouldn’t ever remember living in the same house as me. Though my parents assured me that they wouldn’t forget about me, I could only leave for college once I was assured that we would all video chat.
Once I was in college, I did video chat with my siblings often, but I also went home a lot. And I was pleased to realize that none of my siblings forgot me… especially the babies. Now, going into my senior year of college, I’m closer than ever with my siblings, and will even be living at home for the last year. While I’m not excited about the commute I’ll have starting next week, I am excited to be around my family all of the time again, especially while I’m the oldest of seven.
Do you or your family members struggle with a loved one leaving for college? How have you gotten through the experience? Tell me in the comments!
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