An Open Letter To My Parents After My First Year Of College

Dear Mom and Dad,

I need to start by thanking you again. Thank you for supporting me, emotionally and financially, to go to this amazing school, pursue the degree that I want and follow my dreams. It's has been incredible, so thank you so freakin' much!

Overall, this year was better than I imagined it would be. I've made wonderful memories, and have had crazy adventures. And I couldn't be happier here. I know I made the right choice.

But it all has been nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. And I've struggled. I've struggled a lot. But you know that. I called you a thousand times and sent you a million texts because I know that you can, somehow, always make it better.

To be honest, this year, all hell broke loose. Tears have been shed, and hearts have been broken. I have been discouraged and tested more times than I can count. And every time, I wanted nothing more than your hugs and reassuring words. This year, I realized that I really do need you, and for more than just to encourage me not to drop out after every bio exam, reminding me that I am far too clumsy to become a full-time waitress.

I never thought I'd miss you this much. A year ago, I was so ready to leave. I was so desperate for the freedom, so desperate to get away from all the "rules and constraints." But I miss it. I miss getting woken up too early on weekend mornings because you guys are just too freaking loud! I miss pretending that watching a movie all cuddled up, cramped in our little couch was a sacrifice. I miss staying up way too late on school nights talking about life. Sometimes, I even miss our silly, stupid arguments about whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher. And, Oh My God, do I miss the food!

Most of the time, I am fine. A simple phone call conversation, or a text that says "I love you" can fix it. But sometimes, I do need your hugs and forehead kisses. And that is when it's the hardest, but I guess that is an unfortunate part of this.

This stage of my life is confusing, and quite scary, but I am really excited about it. I am excited to see what these next three years bring, but mostly, I am excited to have you guys by my side through it all.

Because of you, and all the unconditional love you have given me, I've made it this far. I don't tell you enough, but I really appreciate all that you have done for me.

And even though you drive me crazy, I am honestly really looking forward to spending the summer at home, with you.


(P.S. Consider this an apology for my grades.)

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