With many of my friends moving back to college already, I am already starting to anticipate the next year of school. As I'm preparing, my very loving mom is already getting anxious for the change again.For those of you who are going to be experiencing this for the first time, it's going to be a memorable ride.

For parents

Especially if this is your first child going off to college, you don't know what to expect. I'll go ahead and tell you right now that move-in day is going to be hectic and there are probably going to be some disagreements. Thankfully schools have people who volunteer to help with moving things in, make sure to take advantage of that.

You might cry as you're helping your kid unpack their clothes, or it might not hit you until you're on the way back home. Either way, it's okay. They're always going to be your baby, feel free to cry all you want. At least for most parents, their college student isn't also 12 years old.A tip from my mom: she doesn't go near my room while I'm gone. Even if you aren't moving them in anywhere, life is going to be different as they're transitioning into adulthood. They're going to want to do their own thing, and you do need to let them test out their wings.

For students

I know you're excited, as you should be! Welcome to college; it's going to be an amazing four years. All of your hard work and researching the right college for you has paid off.

But no matter how excited you may be and no matter where you're going, I know you're anxious about making friends and feeling at home. Feel reassured knowing that everyone else is feeling the exact same way. No matter where you are going you will be able to make friends. If you're living in the dorms, keep your door open when you're hanging out in your room.

If you're feeling really outgoing you can also explore your floor and introduce yourself to your neighbors! Also, take advantage of events going on and join some clubs and/or organizations. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this next phase of your life.

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