Is Going To The Same College As Your Parents A Good Idea?

Going To The Same College As BOTH Of My Parents Is The Best Decision I've Ever Made

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The whole college process for me was a blur. All I remember is that my high school counselor was a guardian angel, I applied to 14 schools, didn't know if I wanted to play golf or not, go to a big school or not, stay in Ohio or not, attend a Catholic school, or not, and definitely didn't have a clue what I wanted my major to be. This made looking for a college QUITE the task. I didn't have a clue where I wanted to go.

For some background, my parents are high school sweethearts and dated all throughout college. They both attended Bowling Green State University in the Northwestern part of Ohio, which might as well have been in Canada for all I cared. My dad studied Business and played baseball while my mom studied to become a teacher. They were living the dream up there, but all that came back with them to my young childhood ears was jokes of the frigid cold that would freeze my dad's snot rockets mid shot and air so brisk, my mom's hair had quite literally broken. Well, those things, and that the colors of orange and brown that hung in our basement were not exactly my cup of tea.

If you look back to the right side of this article, you will see that I write for Bowling Green State University Odyssey, so to put two and two together for you, I ended up here too. Not entirely sure how, if we're being completely honest. I remember applying for BG on my phone while floating out on the boat at lunchtime in Tennessee, never in a million years thinking I would go to the school up north. God has his hand in everything, however, and he definitely picked me up and put me here, in this beautiful town on this gorgeous campus that I now call home. I have learned how much it reminds me of my small town of Lebanon, and how this community has shaped me to be my best version of myself.

At BGSU, I have found my home away from home. I have found my place in the President's Leadership Academy, found my voice writing for the Odyssey, developed my passions through service, expanded my family through my lifelong friends this university has blessed me with, stepped out of my comfort zone, and have touched and been touched by so many hearts on campus.

I never thought that the orange and brown banner that hangs in my dad's home office would one day hang over my bed in my dorm room. I couldn't be more proud to go to the same school as my parents; it makes tailgates more fun, football games more special, and the alma mater more than just a song.

Thanks, Mom and Dad for making the hike up to see me, and thanks for believing in me no matter what. I love you!

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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I'm About To Burst, Laughing At The People Who Thought My Pregnancy Meant I Had To Drop Out Of College

I get stared at in the halls and asked if I am going to drop out. Here are ways being a pregnant student has changed my college experience.

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I have been pregnant the entire time that I have been in graduate school. It was not how I planned to experience grad school, but it has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and will give me a lovely son (seriously, any second now). There are certain things that I did not realize about being a pregnant student until I experienced it, and maybe my experiences can help better prepare other women, or give them something to relate to since pregnant students are such a rare breed.

As a grad student and a 25-year-old, I am around the average age to have my first child in America. I am not dependent on my parents and the world does not treat me like a child anymore.

However, since I decided to pursue my master's degree, I feel that people are not used to seeing pregnant and student in the same sentence without gasping.

When I first told my father, his first reaction was to ask me if I was to going to drop out.

This became a recurrent reaction from my family and friends (which my boyfriend who is also a student was never asked once). I did not expect the hesitant reactions and it made me feel shameful to be a pregnant student. As my expecting belly grew I always noticed that people on campus would stare at my stomach.

As I walked past, their eyes followed my belly like I had a giant red felt "A" on my chest.

None of my classmates are pregnant and thinking back, I can't remember ever seeing a pregnant woman in all of my five years of college. Since none of my classmates were pregnant, I felt like I had no one to relate to. There are a lot of things that pregnancy effects, besides the baby in the tummy part. I could not go out and get drinks with my classmates and bond with them the way that they were all doing. I could not relate to them fashionably because maternity clothes are heinous. I also feel like pregnancy put up a barrier because I would have a baby eventually and will always be busy, so why bother?

Pregnancy side effects would sometimes take a toll on my school work. In the first trimester, I could barely get out of bed because I was so tired. I could easily have slept 14 hours straight and being a working student did not help. I would seep through some of my classes and had to take the hit to my attendance points. I also have "pregnancy brain." Pregnancy brain is a real thing and is not well known enough. My mind can be so scattered that I forget my friend's names while I am speaking to them. I think it is October when it is March. Pregnancy brain has made me forget that I even go to school or that I work in twenty minutes. I missed due dates or completely misread instructions on assignments. For someone who needs A's on every assignment to function, it hurt because I would never make that mistake otherwise.

There are also benefits to being a pregnant student. I am never hungover and I have never been tempted to ditch a night class for a drinking holiday.

Pregnancy has allowed me to prioritize my school work and ignore the college lifestyle.

Before I knew I was pregnant, I went with my roommates to bars in Chicago's Lincoln Park. I feel so happy knowing getting wasted from $3 shots on a Wednesday is behind me. I now truly have nothing better to do at night than complete my homework.

Another benefit is that you sometimes get special treatment. The special treatment that pregnant women get is awesome. It is my favorite part and sometimes makes me wish I could be pregnant forever. People feel obligated to wait on me hand and foot. If I drop something, people rush to pick it up. It is completely not necessary but I get to feel like a princess for a day (or 280 days). Even though I was singled out for being the only pregnant woman, I was always treated especially nicely by students and professors.

Regardless of my friends and family expecting me to drop out, I am doing phenomenal in grad school. I have received A's in every class and have loved all of my classes. Being a pregnant student can be tough, but it is totally doable. If you find yourself to be a pregnant student, don't feel discouraged. It is not ruining your college experience but allowing you to do college differently.

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