Today, I am lucky enough to share with you a fantastic guest post by Karen. KD Forsman is an avid ebook reader and reviewer. Recently she has been reading chic lit, weight loss, fitness, mystery & thriller, Sci fi, project management, books on self help, blogging, big data and erotica… after all what middle aged woman hasn’t had her nose in 50 shades of something?! She hopes to make a start on her own novel one day soon; but procrastination is an awfully big word that keeps getting in her way. Her guest post is all about University life, through a mother’s eyes. Please enjoy and head over to her blog afterwards…
University Life… through a mothers eyes…
It goes without saying that my son, all 6’4” of him, is the apple of my eye. He’s intelligent, kind, funny and despite a tendency to spend most of his time glued to a computer screen, is actually quite a sociable young man as well. At 19, I think he’s the perfect catch for any young women around his age – but then what do I know, I’m completely biased of course!
As we lived for many years in a remote rural location, Steven went to High School as a weekly boarder. This meant that he went to school each week and boarded in town but would be home most weekends. After five years of boarding, you would think that the transition (for me) of him being a boarder to being a fully fledged Uni student would be a walk in the park. Hmmm, not so much.
The first year of university wasn’t so bad as he went into the ‘halls of residence’ providing that assurance and comfort that he had a roof over his head and three square meals a day. But it was the second year of university, when Steven went flatting, that reality hit. My little boy was growing up!
Flatting has given Steven a whole new level of independence and responsibility. He has to budget, make his own meals, get on with his five other flatmates – yep there’s six of them flatting together and spend his money wisely. Another really important thing is that he has to manage his time well, between study, work and of course, that all important socialising.
University life has given Steven an opportunity to reinvent himself. At high school he was always known as the ‘non-sporty’ kid, wearing the ‘computer geek’ badge with pride. I have seen a real shift in this, particularly now he’s flatting, the latest thing is that he and a mate have bought some sound mixing equipment and are DJ’ing at clubs and house parties, of all things! Like, when did that happen?