It is my first Tuesday as an empty nester.
Don’t ask me how I feel. I don’t really know yet. I am in a bubble.
Karolina is at Elon U now, as you all know.
It feels strange. SO strange. We miss her so much!
Today Karolina starts college for real. Now it is time for her to start taking classes. Orientation is over with! Today’s the day!
She starts out with her class in statistics. Math is NOT a favorite subject of hers. I feel her there, big time.
As you can see in yesterday’s post Elon is a stunning university. It is SO beautiful. Quite frankly, it is breathtaking.
It was HOT when we moved her in on Saturday morning. We got drenched in sweat. It was over 90 F (32 C) and so very humid. One of the hottest day of this summer, without a doubt.
During the move-in process we took two trips to Target, and two trips to nearby Bed, Bath and Beyond. All these places were shock full of new students and their parents trying to get more stuff for the dorm rooms. You know, there are so many things you don’t even realize that you need before you actually move in on campus.
Move-in day was so very, very organized. Elon has it down to a tee. There was zero waiting, zero glitches (well only when Peter tried to hook up her Mac to her wireless printer. But, we have worked that out now).
But, enough talking. I can tell you thru the pics instead.
Peter and Karolina are ready to head to Elon! It is time to move in the new college student!
Karolina, and all her belongings, on the sidewalk. She's waiting for her college adventure to start!
It is our turn! We did not even have to wait five minutes for the cart to move up, and it picked up all her stuff in a jiffy!
Car line! Waiting to drop off kids and college stuff! SUCH a big DAY!!!
Karolina and her room mate, Meghan.
The view from the girls room!
The girls are waiting in line to receive the keys to their dorm rooms. Karolina is in an all girls dorm. Next to her dorm is an all boys dorm...
OH that feeling when you see your dorm room all empty for the very first time...
Trying to make sense out of things...
ON sunday it was time for the Convocation! Peter and I returned to the beautiful campus bright and early! Naturally Elon is stunning in the morning light.
Here we are! WE have arrived at our seats.
And, all the new students in the middle of the lawn. Under the oaks!
The faculty in full regalia! I love it!
The president of the university held a fantastic speech! So good, and so inspiring. For all of us. There were a lot of speeches, but the president held the best one.
Yes, a Swedish flag on campus. There are Swedish students here!!
I am waiting for my daughter at the farewell picnic.
And her closet...
Most of Elon's students come from the northeast. The state that is mostly represented is Massachusetts. Mass is followed by North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. These states are heavily represented at Elon.
Peter and I left Elon (and our beloved daughter) after the farewell picnic. Believe me, it was HARD to leave. Hard to leave Karolina behind. Karolina put on brave face as Peter and I headed north again.
It took us over 6 hours to get home due to the AWFUL traffic on I-95 in the Washington DC area. I hate I-95!! And I especially hate it in the DC-area. Always a lot of traffic, always a stand still. NO matter what time of the day.
Luckily Peter and I took an alternative route home. We left I-95 behind in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I think that is the way to do it from now on.
I guess we'll learn as we go!
The next time we'll see Karolina?
That would be on Parent's Weekend starting September, 19!
I cannot wait!!