- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
My “little” brother will be a freshmen this coming fall. I work for a public state university, my alma mater, where he also chose to get his undergrad. My DH and I recently purchased a home in the same city, and while my brother isn’t goign to be living with us, I think it will be nice for him to have a home-away-from-home just a few minutes away from his on-campus residence. Both my DH and I are very excited to have him close. Our hometown is roughly 5 hours from where I currently live and where he will be attending college.
One little complication…once he moves out, my parents are relocating to another state for employment reasons. (One parent is already living there, and the other will follow once my brother is settled, about 2 weeks after he moves in). Our childhood home is for sale and while it hasn’t sold yet, it likely won’t be a place he can stay at while going “home” during any college breaks. I’m assuming on such breaks he will fly to my parents new residence or just stay with us.
As I said, my DH and I both graduated from this university and we enjoyed going home to see old friends, see our families, and such during breaks. I know that the transition to college can be tough. New environment, new classes, new people to live with, a new area to navigate, lots of things going on!
I’m really hoping to be a big support to him so he can enjoy his college experience. I don’t want him to just get down on his luck and feel homesick and return to live in our parents empty home (or with a friend, etc). Has anyone been in a situation like this? Does anyone have tips on how to be supportive through this? We have made him a set of keys to our home and have told him that the spare room is all his when he’s not staying at his dorm suite on campus. I really want him to feel empowered and to have a successful year.