The Good, the Bad, and the Clingy: What Type of Parent Are You on College Drop-Off Day?

Parents at College Drop Off
Discover the four types of college parents during dorm drop-off day. Are you a military driller or a reluctant fareweller? Find out now!

The Good, the Bad, and the Clingy: What Type of Parent Are You on College Drop-Off Day?

Published July 12, 2023 | Last Updated April 30th, 2024 at 07:15 am

Discover the four types of college parents during dorm drop-off day. Are you a military driller or a reluctant fareweller? Find out now!
Parents at College Drop Off

College dorm drop-off day is a big deal for both students and their parents. It’s a mix of emotions—excitement, nerves, and a whole lot of love. But here’s the thing: not all parents handle it the same way. Let’s take a look at the four types of college parents you’ll encounter during this memorable moment.

Type #1: The Military Drillers

These parents are all about efficiency. They want to get in and out of there with as little drama as possible. Their son or daughter is super organized, so they won’t need any last-minute Target runs. Quick introductions to the new roommate and family (if they’re around), and boom, they’re gone within a few hours. No tears or long, drawn-out hugs here.

Type #2: The Supportive Settlers

Now, these parents are here to make sure their child feels at home. They roll up their sleeves and help with the unpacking—lamps, futons, you name it. They’ll even sort out the tech stuff like computers and TVs. They’re also up for meeting the Resident Advisor, checking out the bathrooms, and getting to know the other families nearby. It’s a more laid-back vibe, but the freshman has to drop a subtle hint that it’s time for mom and dad to hit the road. This usually takes around three to five hours.

Type #3: The Reluctant Farewellers

Goodbyes are tough for these parents. They want to do it all before they leave. They’ll dig into the nitty-gritty details like food plans, floor rules, and fire exits. Unpacking? Oh yeah, they’ll make sure every box is unpacked and every item of clothing is neatly hung up. And let’s not forget the marathon shopping trip, complete with a leisurely lunch. They’ll also be on a mission to meet everyone on their kid’s floor and swap email addresses. Finally, when their student says everyone else has gone home and they’re all heading out for dinner, they’ll bid a reluctant farewell. These guys can spend a good six to nine hours on campus.

Type #4: The Ever-Present Guardians

Okay, so these parents take “overprotective” to a whole new level. They won’t just drop off their child and be on their merry way. Nope, they’ll stick around town like a shadow. It’s like they’re stalking their own kid. The poor student has to practically beg them to leave or hop on a plane. They promise to call every day, but it’s clear they’re finding it hard to let go.

Remember, these categories aren’t set in stone. Every family is unique, and parents can have traits from different types. The important thing is to strike a balance between supporting your child and giving them the freedom to grow on their own. College life is a wild ride, and they’ll need all the love and guidance you can offer. So, embrace the journey and enjoy this milestone with your amazing freshman!

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