Monday September 19, 2016

Importance of Family

By Tony Narducci

The minute you walk out the door of your house to head to UD, a lot is going through your brain. How will I make friends? How will I be able to get myself up for an 8 AM class? When will I know when to eat? Even though these questions circle around you, one thing that you’ll realize very soon is that you’ll see your mother crying, your dad ready to hit the road, and your sister confused as to why your mom cries when you leave and not when she did. Then, something runs through your body and you realize you won’t see them every day like you would in high school. Wow.

I bring this up because this is exactly what happened to me. I was lucky enough to make a vacation out of being dropped off at school with my family. Being from Minnesota, we were able to stay a night in Chicago. I had never been there before, and it was a great time with my family. The next day, we drove to Dayton and moved in the following day. What I described above is what happened to me, and the next thing I knew it was the first day of class.

Fast forward four school years, and I’m here now. A senior living with my best friends that I had since freshman year in a house in the student neighborhood. What else could you want out of your college experience? Nothing. But, as far as family goes, you realize that you stay in contact way more than you think. I call my parents every Sunday, and text them every other day or so to let them know that yes, I am alive and well, and I go home for Thanksgiving and for other holidays. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to fly home for a day and a half or so for my great grandmas 100th birthday. It was a great experience, and that’s when I realized how important my family really was to my success at UD and in life.

Every time I am lucky enough to go home and see my family I am reminded of the struggles my parents go through worrying and not seeing me every day. I am so grateful for the opportunity and blessing they gave me in order to attend UD. My sister as well is great to see, as we don’t talk much over texting or phone calls with the conflicts in our schedules. I also am close with my grandma and extended family, so it’s always a pleasure to see them. I noticed when I was home how when I talk to my family, whether it be in person or over the phone they are there for you and support your efforts.

Stay in contact with your family, whether you are a freshman sophomore or even senior. It is incredibly important to your health and success at UD.

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