College is the place to find yourself and explore new and exciting things, but to do that you need a supportive base. Your parents are there for you no matter what and with that comes some great advice! VALLEY asked some of our members what their parents have to say.
“My mom has always told me that every time you interact with someone, you have the chance to leave them feeling better or worse,” says VALLEY writer Janie Cassady. “It makes me think about the impact that positive or negative words can have on someone.”
Parents are there to remind you that you can be a part of making the world a better place; that everything you do has a larger effect on the people around you. While you might be focused on an upcoming test, the world keeps on spinning.
“My mom always tells me to never chase the butterfly, always let it land,” Madeline Condo, a member of our PR team, says. “It’s like the butterfly effect.”
It doesn’t make a difference how old you are, your parents want the best for you and are willing to share their experiences. After a tough day, it is nice to just sit down and call home to hear some small encouragement.
“My dad texts me at least once a week the quote from the movie Rocky: ‘It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’” Ashley Campbell, a sophomore, says. “At one point he sent it to me every day.”
Parental advice doesn’t go out of style and is never short of inspirational. As college students, you might be hundreds of miles from home, but your family is just a phone call away. Simple quotes might seem unimportant but have a big impact when they come from someone who loves you.
“My parents always tell me to be a leader, not a follower,” Taylor Rodrigues, a sophomore, says.
Advice means the most from people who are closest to you. There will always be days when you need a friendly voice telling you a funny quote or even to give you a push in the right direction. No matter what always remember there are people cheering you on!
Like Carolyn Cushwa’s mom always says, “everything feels and looks better in the morning!”