Welcome, parents! We are glad to have you here for spring family weekend. It seems a bit odd to be showing our families around our home and introducing you to our closest friends — and realizing that the two groups of people we are closest with have never met each other.
Our staff came to this realization earlier in the week; we know so much about each other — favorite music, most embarrassing moments, class schedules and first kisses — yet the only thing we know about each other’s parents is what we see in Facebook comments and hear about in stories. Nonetheless, our families still play a huge role in our lives, even from miles away. We won’t lie, we enjoyed breaking most, if not all, of our high school rules as soon as your cars were out of sight on move-in day. But rest assured, your years of teaching, shaping and leading us were not for loss; even though we don’t see you every day, the lessons you taught us still surround our campus through everyday life.
We remember that we should be eating our vegetables. We remember that we should say “please” and “thank you.” We even remember to do our homework before the deadline (or at least we think about it). Even if your Trinity student doesn’t call you every weekend like they promised, know that everything you taught us still guides our decisions.
Spring Family Weekend gives us a chance to experience the best of both worlds; to demonstrate our appreciation for those who raised us, as well as demonstrate our newfound, still-forming adult identities, the ones we came here to create for ourselves in the first place. While you, as parents, might still see the small child you first dropped off on move-in day, we ask you to look further. We may not be finished growing, but we’re proud of how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time. Some of us have just learned how to do laundry without staining our clothes pink, and others have landed their first full-time job. Some of this may come as a shock — after all, we all have a tendency to regress a bit when we head home for the breaks. But keep your eyes peeled on campus, and you’ll see us trying our best to make that transition from young adulthood to actual, unadulterated adulthood.
Alexandra Uri, our very own managing editor, wants to share her gratitude to her parents for teaching her to always speak her mind, especially on Facebook. If you know her dad, you know he really believes in letting his opinions be known.
Julia Elmore, the editor-in-chief of our paper, is grateful for her parents for inspiring her to appreciate every opportunity she’s been given, and to work hard to at everything she does.++++++++