Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leaving Home

My first-born has just left home. It's a mixed bag of emotions I'm sure many of you can relate to. These emotions include happiness, sadness, excitement, anxiety, anticipation, hope, relief, and joy, but mostly excitement for him as he moves into the next stage of his life.

We delivered him to Brisbane yesterday to enter a residential college, where he will live while he studies at the University of Queensland. Emmanuel College is situated on the university campus at St Lucia, and was UQ's first residential college. I am so happy he was accepted into this college and imagine he will have an incredible time whilst he is a resident.

On his arrival, he was presented with a "helicopter hat" with a name on it. This name is what he will be known as while he is at Emmanuel - Governor. Every new student had a different name on their hat.

They were also presented with an Emmanuel t-shirt and an academic gown.

The college had an official welcome and the "Signing of the Register" for the 205 new residents at the college. They were required to dress in their silly hats and Harry Potter gowns for this welcome. It was quite an amusing sight to see so many students dressed this way - academic gown and hats with propellors!

Simon enjoyed this ceremony and his introduction to college.
I'm sure he will adapt to his new way of life really quickly.

What an exciting chapter of his life is just beginning.


Juwles said...

Hi Kate, I'm sure Simon, sorry Governor, will really enjoy uni and will settle well. love your blog and esp your music.. i am leaving your blog open just to play your music..vbg i luv it. Hugs

Vickie said...

wow kate thanks for sharing Simon-Govenor's journey-that is excellent,hoping he settles in and has a wow time amidst all his study,
cheers Vickie

Cath Ü said...

Kate.... before you know it you will get used to having him left home.... I am sure he will settle in really well and will enjoy uni very much. Sounds like the fun has started already... Love the hats and the nicknames...LOL.. How long do they have to wear the hats for...????
All of our 5 have flown the coup now.. so we have a child free zone finally after 36 years..... I am loving it...LOL
Cath Ü

Cath Ü said...

Kate... you will get used to not having Govenor at home. I see the fun has started with the hats and nicknames... LOL he will have a blast while at Uni...

All our 5 have flown the coup after 36 years we finally have a child freee zone home...
Cath Ü

Karen Mallory said...

It is a little unsettling to think of our children on their own! LOL Both my daughters left home straight to marriage so I wasn't as worried as they had someone to live with. I am sure Simon will do smashing at Uni!
hugs Karen

Sew Prim Khris said...

How cool Kate...way to go Simon. Just luvvvvv that hat!!! Hugs Khris

Lisa said...

He will have FUN!!!!!!!!
hugs Lisa

Tommelot said...

Simon will do great at University, and you will do too with just one bird remaining in the nest. I love the hats. :-)

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Thanks for stopping by last week! I hope he finds his wallet.