Hello BU Parents,
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks and I’ve been back and forth between seeing you at Parent Crossroads and visiting your students at Crossroads out in Bagdhad, KY. It was my first time at Cedarmore, where the students hold their Crossroads retreat, and let me tell you, they’ve got a pretty sweet deal. It’s a gorgeous center on a picturesque property with a lake and trees and–here’s the best part–no cell phone reception. It seemed ideal to me, anyway 🙂
First, let me thank all of you who I’ve spoken with recently at Parent Crossroads (don’t forget, the last session is Monday morning starting at 10:15–free muffins and scones included!). It’s really been a delight to make personal connections with some of you.
Second, Move-In day is rapidly upon us. Some of you (those whose students are attending Crossroads 3) will move your students in this Sunday, August 15th, between 12pm and 5pm, and others will move-in August 17th between 9am and 5pm. Either way, I would encourage to visit the welcome tents in front of both Kennedy-Newman and Siena Quarto to get water, popsicles, lists of local restaurants, directions to Wal-Mart and Target, etc. We’ll have all sorts of great stuff you might need.
Some things to bring you might not think about: a broom and dustpan (they have these in the halls, but on move-in day, it’s handy to bring your own), a small fan (AC will be on in the halls, but doors will be open constantly), stuff packed in boxes and containers that are easy to carry (all hands will be on deck to help with move-in, but it’s so much faster and easier if things are in medium-sized square or rectangular boxes) 3M Command hooks (this is not an endorsement–they’re great for walls where you can’t use nails) a few garbage bags (for easily getting rid of all those boxes and stuff) phone charger (keep it handy–in a purse or backpack–otherwise you risk it getting buried), extra towels, washcloths, and hangers.
Once you get here, you can make a Target or Wal-Mart run for shower supplies, snack food, laundry detergent.
Also, as far as first-day prep, make sure your student has notebooks, pens/pencils, folders, and a planner, at the least. The biggest percentage of professors will review the syllabus the first day. (This will become the student’s bible for each class. S/he should keep it and never, ever, ever lose it. EVERYTHING is in the syllabus!), do some introductory stuff, and then jump right in. Books, if they haven’t been purchased already, should be acquired by the second or third class meeting, at the very latest. Occasionally, there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. the pusblisher doesn’t send enough copies), but generally professors work well to help accomodate students in those cases.
I think that’s all. There are so many great things ahead for this year!
Good luck and I’ll see you soon!
Jessica Hume, c/o 2005
Director of Writing and Parent Communications