SOLC 24 of 31: Trippin’ to Tulane

I sit here in a dark hotel room typing while my family members sleep. We are in New Orleans for an orientation at Tulane for my daughter for next year. WOW! Where did the time go?

For those of you who have already sent their children off to college, you know how momentous this moment feels. While today we will still be “pretending” because it’s still a few months away, the reality of it is here now.

Today, we will learn about how she will spend her fall freshman semester in Rome and then return to campus in January. Today, she will meet in person (they’ve already connected through social media) some other students who will be doing the same. Today, I will get to see the campus for the first time. Today, we will meet up with the daughter of a friend who will also share some insight with us and maybe we will get a peek into a dorm room. Today, I will let my daughter go out with her new acquaintances in a city that I don’t know and I will be nervous. Next fall I will be sending my daughter to a city far away and I will be nervous and excited. Nercited?

Today I am nercited for her. It’s the beginning of a new chapter of her life and ours. We are down in New Orleans with our “original family” (as my friend called it), since my son is back at home. Next year, when she is away, our family will adjust to being without her. But we won’t like it. I’ll miss her. But I’ll be nercited for her all the same.

Here’s to seeing what today will bring for the beginning of this next adventure.


  1. March 24, 2022 at 11:33 am

    I love it, nercited! What a perfect word for the feelings you described and the feelings I have experienced multiple times. Thanks for adding a new word to my vocab! Best wishes on this major life transition!

  2. March 24, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    It is such an exciting time!!! Nervous+Excited=Nercited is a great way. Love the “original family” shout out. LOL

  3. March 25, 2022 at 12:18 am

    An, nercited. A feeling I and I’m sure a lot of others are familiar with! I wish your family all the best luck on the journey!

  4. March 25, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Can I use the word nercited?!! I have a senior daughter too . . . she is still ‘making her decision.’ I am so nercited!

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