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Dropped my son off at college this week

During the parent orientation (an activity designed to get the students away from their parents IMHO), there was a presentation of the nine things parents of college kids should do:

  1. Don't ask if they're homesick (guilt trip - either way they answer)
  2. Write even if they don't write back (no one wants a dusty mailbox)
  3. Ask questions but not too many (definitely don't ask any questions you don't want the answer to)
  4. Expect change (after all that's why they're going to college)
  5. Don't worry too much about those late night phone calls or email (everyone needs a shoulder to cry on -- as long as it doesn't turn into a habit. Remember, just because they told you about something, does not mean they want you to fix it.)
  6. Visit, but not often (if they wanted you there, they would have stayed at home)
  7. Do not say that these are the best years of their life (it always looks better from the outside)
  8. Trust your student (it's too late now)
  9. Encourage volunteerism (being involved is the best way to develop a support network)

I summarized the subtle points in the parenthetical statements.


It did make me wonder about the similarities between sending a son or daughter to college and launching a project to turn an idea into reality.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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