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Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Five: Dorm Life Edition

Yesterday I returned my middle child for his second year of college. He's an experienced dorm resident, having spent two years at a boarding high school. In the lounge at the end of his floor I found a suite of This End Up furniture that took me back to my years in the Theta house at William and Mary. I remember polishing that furniture with my sorority sisters every spring, just before we headed off for Beach Week at Nags Head.

Mindful that many others are heading off to further schooling or delivering their loved ones to the institutions that provide it, here are five questions about dorm life.

1) What was the hardest thing to leave behind when you went away to school for the first time?

2) We live in the era of helicopter parents. How much fuss did your parents make when you first left home?

3) Share a favorite memory of living with schoolmates, whether in a dorm or other shared housing.

4) What absolute necessity of college life in your day would seem hilariously out-of-date now?

5) What innovation of today do you wish had been part of your life in college?

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?

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  1. No time for this F5 but glad to know there's a fellow W&M alum out there!

  2. I was going to write a different post, but decided to see if the Friday Five was up yet, so I reminisced about college here.

    I'll write about my decision to have my children baptized sometime next week when it won't be immediately overshadowed by a Friday Five.

  3. I'm up! I'm up! We're still on summer vacation schedule here, but I've moved into the dorm, too.

  4. Oh, this is a Friday Five for me! Dorm life from seventh grade into college ~ here's
    a bit of the earlier part of that era of my life

  5. I had a lump in my throat this week as we left The Johnnie at school... but had fun remembering the fun of being at Ohio State. (O-H!!!)

  6. It's been a while, thanks for the memories!

    ps. my word verification was rantigg!

  7. I played here> Back later to read what y'all said.

  8. I posted mine on my new blog, You're Only Young Twice. I thought it was time, as I get ready to move into a dorm room of my own and start seminary full-time, to move on to a new blog identity, which is a step closer to being my actual identity.

    Cathy (the former WideningCircles)

  9. Oh, I love school and blogged a few memories Great one, Songbird-thanks!

    captcha says "linglybi!"

  10. Thanks to all of you for being such good sports about comment verification. We have been spared the nasty spam ever since I changed the settings!

  11. I lived at home in college, but here is my Friday Five

  12. It's late... but I "played" here.


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