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Q&A: Parents talk sending daughter off to IU By Emily Isaacman eisaacma@iu.edu | @emilyisaacman

I'm the oldest of three siblings, and I chose a school far from my home in California. Not only did my parents have to navigate the unknowns of sending their first child to college, but they had to figure out what that meant across the country. I talked to my Mom, Allison, and my Dad, Drew, about the experience and advice they'd share with other parents. Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity. What was the biggest

surprise when I left for college? Allison: The biggest surprise was how I wasn’t upset when I dropped you off because I knew you were in such a good place that they would take care of you. I wasn’t prepared for when I got home and you weren’t there. Drew: The biggest surprise when you left for college was how much I missed seeing you around the house and how ready you were to live independently. What do you wish you knew before I left for school? A: I wish I knew how

to understand what you needed in school in terms of academic requirements. I’ve been surprised at the gen-eds you’ve still had to take even going in with all the AP credits you had. I think for how large Indiana is, I’ve been completely shocked at how personal and how responsive your professors have been. D: I wish I knew Southwest was going to discontinue their direct flights to Indianapolis. What advice would you give another parent whose oldest child is leaving for college?


Emily and Allison Isaacman pose in June 2017. Emily talked to her mom about sending her oldest child to college.

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