Being away from home can be a mind-boggling time for college students and their families. JWU Providence student and blogger Emily Mochak is thankful for a mother that supports her ever-changing college experience.
I know it feels like yesterday that I was running around the house, sassing you because I thought I knew everything and acting like going away to college wasn’t a big deal. I may be the one who’s moving away, but I know this is a time of transition for both of us so I’d like to say thank you because I know I don’t say it enough.
Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to go to college. I know that even though I’m the one taking classes, it is a huge time and money commitment. I know that filling out my financial aid and student loan forms isn’t a fun job but I hope it makes you feel better knowing that it’s fueling my dreams and ambitions.
Thank you for being strong for both of us. It may seem like moving away to school is something only dreams are made of (which it is a little bit), but adjusting to living with a stranger and not eating a home-cooked meal for months is a difficult task. Thank you for answering all my calls, no matter what time of day. Thank you for answering all of my questions, even when I asked if I really couldn’t throw all my laundry into one wash cycle or if it was okay to microwave food in a plastic container.
Thank you for not calling me crazy when I tell you all the wild dreams I have for my future. Thank you for always believing in me because sometimes that’s the only motivation I have. Thank you for all the advice you have given me throughout the years, I know sometimes it seemed as if I wasn’t listening to you but believe me, I was.
Thank you for always keeping me in mind...for sending me care packages and giving me a little extra money to spend on the weekends.
You have truly shaped me into the person I am today and for that, there’s an endless amount of gratitude coming your way. I’ve heard that raising children can be very challenging but you have done it gracefully and proved to be one of the strongest people I know. So whenever I get an attitude or have an off day, just remember this: I love you to the moon and back and I would not trade you for anything!
And as the late and great artist Tupac Shakur once rapped in his song “Dear Mama,” “And there’s no way I can pay you back, but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated.”