Sunday, February 12, 2012

Left for Melbourne..


Yesterday we took Ayden off to live in Melbourne, at the Residence at Monash Uni.  The res was a bit confronting to us, such a big change. The room was very basic, and very expensive and everything smelt bad. It's going to be noisy and full of students and it showed its age. His hall houses 202 students. This photo would have been taken from the 12 story residence block that the building looks onto.

I held myself together and thought of all the good things,  how hard Ayden had worked and all the people he will meet and that he had actually made it there.  That he can walk to classes and that he will have a lot of support close by. That Matt and I had met at uni after all.  The uni had organised a lot of fun things for the students to help them settle in and I knew Ayden would be fine.  It's going to take me a bit to get used to though.

12 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congratulations to Ayden! Hope he makes a smooth transition to uni life. My oldest starts at uni in a week - they grow up way too fast:)

Lisa said...

I'm taking my daughter back to her residential college at Melbourne Uni in a fortnight - it's her second year there. At the end of this year she wants to move into a flat, so I know that this time when I take her down that she is really moving out of home. I know she's worked hard to get there and it's great that she is a confident independent young woman but I am really feeling it this year! It's just her and I so I really have a dose of 'empty nest' syndrome. Congrats to Ayden, and to you for getting him this far!

Calidore said...

Ohh I know how you are feeling. Elise moved out over a week ago and it feels so strange. I tried to hide (not very successfully) how I felt about my girl leaving home and setting up on her own. Ok so I wasn't all that successful at hiding my emotitons - bawling mess would probably describe me better...sigh. I hope Ayden does really well and settles into Uni life fast. I'm sure in time the residence will feel like home and no doubt he will be so busy he won't notice things, that we as mothers, do. Thinking of you.

The Patch Craft said...

Welcome to melbourne Ayden. Goodluck with the study.

Copper Patch said...

What an adventure! Love the bag you made for Ayden. I'm sure he'll have personalised the room smell soon enough :-)
Take care, it's a big adjustment for all of you.
Ab

Jane said...

Oh, I found myself drawing in a deep breath for you as I read that post! They have to take big steps sometimes but... eek!

Annie said...

The start of a new stage rach-he'll have a ball

Nikki said...

He's a great young man and a credit to you and Matt. The residence will be a bustling hall of fun and he'll have a ball.

Big breaths, mama... you're doing fine.

our shabby cottage said...

Oh Rachel, I hear so much sadness in your voice, but positive thoughts abound too. It's going to be hard, but he will love it I'm sure. Chin up girl!

Locket Pocket said...

It is such a big step for you all - but he will be fine and will have a fantastic time experiencing all the new things that Uni life has to offer! Lucy xx

Tanya said...

Hi Rachel, I remember very clearly my dad leaving me at one of the LaTrobe Uni Collages (on thinking about it- NO IDEA where my mum was!). Anyway- there was a Target nearby, we went up and he bought me a dressing gown (odd- never had one before or since, but I think we both thought, you know, cause it was college and shared bathrooms, a dressing gown would be very appropriate!). Anyway, we went back, got my key, unloaded my stuff- I was on the second floor, looked out the window and everyone walking around was at least in pairs, no one by themselves. I knew no one. Then my dad says 'well, I'll be off then'- and I'm like 'what- now?' and he said something about how he had to leave at some stage and then he took off! So lonely! I reckon (but didn't think about it at the time, that must have been pretty hard for him). I walked down to dinner by myself, found some first years and amazingly they were from 30 mins away from my town and then it was 'all good'. I hope Ayden is settling in okay, making some friends, and that you aren't worrying about him too much! What a great opportunity for him.

Karen said...

Oh Rach - I am sure he will have a fantastic time - but of course it will be hard for you to get used to.
Take care of yourself and call him when you feel down - I am sure he won't mind, too much!

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