Family Weekend Fun


It's Family/Homecoming Weekend.

You know what this means, right? You are looking at some serious potential for meals off-campus, the prospect of home-baked treats (cookies, brownies, etc.), the opportunity to add some Colby garb from the bookstore to your wardrobe, and a better than average chance that your mini-fridge and stash of late night munchies will get replenished and you won"t have to pay for any of it.

So I thought I'd offer some unsolicited advice on how you can get the most out of Family/Homecoming Weekend.

Let's start with the obvious. It's time to do your laundry and clean your room.

Okay, so maybe you don't see any problem with recycling t-shirts you've already worn four times between washes, and you and your roommate are perfectly content kicking away old pizza boxes to find your shoes in the morning. But, come on dude, if you don't deal with the mess you are risking some seriously bad karma with your mother or Aunt Sally or whoever it is that might be coming to visit.

And don't think you're off the hook if you don't have family coming. You're in line to be the roommate who gets taken out for lunch or dinner and your prospects fall off rapidly if your half of the room looks like the dumpster behind Bob's when the roomie's family arrives.

It's important for you to remember that you've been here for a month and you are fully acclimated to college living. And college living isn't like normal people living. You may think that the replica of Fenway Park that you have crafted out of empty Natty Lite cans is wicked cool but it's probably not going to impress grandma as much as you might think.

You've got to get your head back into living at home mode. Brush. Floss. Make your bed.

Keep it simple. When in doubt, tell your family you love them and miss them.

They'll probably want to meet some of the people in your life here.

Introducing your folks to your sociology professor or advising dean is a good idea. Introducing them to the guy at the MobilMart who sold you your fake ID is, well....not.

They may want you to show them around campus or the local area.

Taking the family up into the Miller Library tower to take in the view or to see the biomass plant are awesome things to do. Taking your elderly uncle on a nine mile hike in the Bigelows, not so much.

They'll enjoy learning about fun facts about Colby.

You mother will be interested to know that Samuel Francis French (who taught at Colby in the 1830's) wrote the words to "My Country 'Tis of Thee." She won't care that your roommate can belch the entire first verse of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" after drinking warm ginger ale in Dana.

Your parents and families love you and they'll say they want to know all about everything you're doing here. But maybe they only think that. Maybe they'll be happier just knowing almost everything, you know?  I'm just sayin'.....

Nah. I'm just goofing around.  Except the part about doing your laundry and cleaning your room. That's for real.

And telling them you love them and miss them every chance you get.  That's for real too.

Anyway, have a great weekend.

Jim Terhune
Dean of Students