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Saying Good-bye

Freshmen and their parents bid farewell

During the past week, 4,000 freshmen arrived on campus, most accompanied by family to help them get settled. At some point came that inevitable moment—dreaded by some, anticipated by others—time to say good-bye. For many—parents especially—it’s an emotional experience to find themselves heading home without their children.

“It can be hard for parents to let go, “ says David Zamojski, an assistant dean of students and director of Residence Life. “Saying good-bye to a child at college represents the end of one chapter, but it’s also the beginning of another chapter. Parents have so many ways to stay connected to their children—email, Facebook, text messages, Skype, phone calls. Yet it’s very important for students to begin making connections to school: to new friends, professors, members of the University staff, to clubs and organizations and to the city of Boston.”

It’s normal for parents to feel stress in the coming weeks, says Margaret Ross, director of Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services. “This is a big change in a family’s dynamic,” she says. “Suddenly, you realize as you’re setting the table that you’ve got one fewer plate to take out. When students leave home for school, it’s the beginning of a life transition.”

For everybody, it’s a time of anticipation. “It’s definitely exciting,” says Wendy Sgulic, who came with her son, Ryan (CAS’15), from Brooklyn, N.Y., this weekend. “A great chapter is starting for him, and it’s awesome.”

Nicolae Ciorogan

Nicolae Ciorogan can be reached at ciorogan@bu.edu.

3 Comments on Saying Good-bye

  • Karen O'Neill on 09.06.2011 at 9:32 am

    As a mom and a Student Affairs Professional, that photo made my heart squeeze. Well said – beginnings and endings – excitement and sadness

  • Pauline Gauthier on 09.06.2011 at 12:16 pm

    Quite moving. Nicely done.

  • Paula Corson on 09.10.2011 at 2:55 pm

    Well done ! Thank you being apart of our new beginings !

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