On Starting

What concerns do non-academic parents have that we could help them ask?


Guest blogger Phyllis Wentworth is an Associate Professor in the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

In a couple of weeks, my 18 year old son will be headed off to his first year of college.  Ever the optimist, he tells everyone who inquires that he is excited.  Just the other day he admitted to my husband and me that he is also a little scared.

As a faculty member, I have insider knowledge about the sphere he is on the cusp of entering. This is reason enough to feel a sense of connection to what he will be experiencing soon, as the New England air turns from humid to crisp. But there is another reason why I am feeling empathetic toward my son at this time: I recently left the familiar comfort of my old job, to start a new position.

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