“And this?” ... “Water filter.”
“And this?” ... “Makeup mirror.”
“Oh, Dad,” she says, “don’t forget I still have to pack the TV, microwave, printer...”
“Stop!” I say, “Do you not understand that the typical 2-person dorm room in Towers is 192 square feet and you have a roommate?”
“I’ll fit it in!” she says. And so our conversations have gone over the last month as we get ready to send my youngest off to WVU.
In a little over a week, we’ll have 30,000+ students returning to campus, including more than 5,000 freshmen. As with my children, many of our students are legacy students. They grew up singing country roads and learned early on what it means to be a Mountaineer. For some, advancing their education at WVU is a family tradition and represents multiple generations of Mountaineers. For others, it’s the start of a new tradition.
Welcoming your children to your alma mater is a special experience and provides a tremendous sense of pride. Even though much has changed over the years, even more remains the same. Academics are still top-notch and continue to grow and advance. The sense of family and spirit is alive and well and while our campus is large, it still feels like a small, tight-knit community. As with every generation, our students push the boundaries and in doing so, learn more about themselves and each other.
For many parents of legacy students, having their children at WVU provides a renewed affinity and closeness to WVU. We see these parents becoming involved in a variety of activities like the parent’s club and mentoring, advising, and helping us to gather Mountaineers across the country.
If your legacy is at WVU, we invite you to reconnect with your alma mater. Your alumni association can help you figure out a way to be involved that is meaningful to you while providing much needed help. It takes a village, and you’re a critical part of that village!
We know the legacy parents will be spending a lot more time in Morgantown; please come visit us at The Erickson Alumni Center when you’re in town. We’ll leave the light on for you!