|My Dorm at the University of Miami|
1) What was the hardest thing to leave behind when you went away to school for the first time? My horse. I missed him sooooo much!
2) We live in the era of helicopter parents. How much fuss did your parents make when you first left home? My parents drove me to college, helped me move in, went with me to the store to buy the bedding, even bought matching bedding for my roommates who had not gotten theirs yet, so we could have a coordinated room. Yeah, pretty much helicopter. :-)
3) Share a favorite memory of living with schoolmates, whether in a dorm or other shared housing. My first college roommate had never talked to a Jew or a black person in her life. Guess who she got for her two roommates? LOL! (She was the daughter of a very high-ranking Marine officer, and apparently there were not a lot of Jewish or black officers at that level, or at least her family did not socialize with them.) I can still remember her attempts to be -- well, comfortable. But she moved out after a couple of months. At that point, we felt sorry for her. She missed all the fun we had the rest of the year.
4) What absolute necessity of college life in your day would seem hilariously out-of-date now? Cassette player in my stereo. Heck, even the stereo!
5) What innovation of today do you wish had been part of your life in college? iPods! And iPhones!
Bonus question for those whose college days feel like a long time ago: Share a rule or regulation that will seem funny now. Did you really follow it then? My Freshman year, my parents insisted that I live on an all girls floor, instead of the co-ed ones. That meant that men were supposed to be off the floor by midnight. The reality was they were there 24/7, including the R.A.'s boyfriend. The next year, I was in a 100% co-ed dorm. So much for their plan. (As for whether I followed it, yes, but only because I was barely 17 and was a complete innocent that year. I was pretty terrified of what went on in some of those rooms, honestly!)