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What You’re Thinking on College Drop-Off Day

A roundup of Tweets about the jittery, sweaty, beautiful transition to an empty nest

By Catherine LeFebvre

Photo by Jorge Saavedra

Remember all those wistful old ladies who cooed over your baby? The ones who, blissfully unaware they were catching you on hour four of that day’s nap battle, beamed and said, “before you know it, she’ll be in college?”

They were right.

It was a long haul, but it happened just like that. College drop-offs are happening all around the country right now, signifying a fresh start for kids and parents alike. We watch our babies test out extra-long mattresses, fret over poster arrangement, and take their first steps towards inventing their adult selves. And then we head home, proud and sad, ready for our own reinventions to begin.

We all knew college move-in day would come, and in some ways it couldn’t have happened soon enough. But it doesn’t matter whether your kids have been grown and flown for a while now, or you’re just starting to realize you’ll be an empty nester soon. These Tweets will hit you right in the feels, as the kids say.

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  1. Roya Fahmy

    When your babygirl CALLS you from college for the first time to excitedly say, “Mom, I’m taking Advanced Genetics and Buddhism!”
    #pridetearsanduniversalworldviews

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