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Freshman Orientation @ Bowie State University | Thankful Thursday

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Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.


It’s time to say goodbye to July and speaking of saying goodbye, on Sunday, July 27th, we took our youngest son to Bowie State University in Maryland for his 3-day Freshman Orientation. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t miss him because I did, after all it was his first time yes, his first time away from home alone for this length of time.

Bowie State is only a 2 hour drive, the traffic wasn’t bad and he slept the entire time reminding me of his younger days when he rode in the back strapped into a car seat.

Arriving on campus around 12:30, our first impression was positive, well at least the landscaping was nice, however that quickly changed because registration was held in the old gym which definitely needed renovations. Walking “the yard” we also saw several buildings that had seen better days with considerable wear and tear including inside the dorms.

However, we were impressed with other buildings including the Library and Student Center and was informed by a student that there was a much better gymnasium which we hadn’t seen.  Bowie State is an HBCU with a legacy dating back 125 years, so there is a lot of history all over this campus.

Bowie State University entrance

We checked in before Malik’s roommate so he had an opportunity to choose which side of the room he wanted then the disinfecting began. He didn’t seem disappointed in the size of the room nor the furniture which was good considering he’s never had to share one.

After completing the dorm room checklist we left to explore more of the campus.  Me of course kept stopping to take pictures, while hubby and son walked on ahead of me, not interested in what I was doing but deeply engrossed in their conversation.

inside the dorms

In the dorm room

Campus of BSU

Beautiful View

Malik on the campus of BSU

Thurgood Marshall Library

Bowie State University

Bowie State University

Deep in conversation

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Orientation began at 2:30 for both the parents and students, with parents sitting in the balcony of the new Fine and Performing Arts Center and the students in the lower level. Several speakers including the Provost spoke about BSU, it’s history and the importance of having a positive experience over the next several days. Reminding us parents that we must allow our sons and daughters to go through metamorphosis so they will be able to break through the cocoon and fly upward.

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Malik at the Fine and Performing Arts Center

Fine and Performing Arts Center


Parents were then escorted to another location for our orientation to discuss the Wellness Program, Public Safety and last but certainly not least Financial Aid. After that we were reunited with our sons and daughters for a final hug/kiss/pic goodbye as we were told leave by 6:00.

As you can see from the following pictures, there were some tender moments between father and son and I was even able to wrangle a few pictures with him as well (check out the arm grip).

had to hold on to keep him from running away

father and son

Looking into a mirror!

Father and Son moment

Do the right thing

We returned yesterday evening to pick him up and needless to say, he was glad to be back home to his bed, his car, his friends, and hopefully his family!

Today I am thankful to have him home for another month because the next time he leaves on August 27th, it will be for 3+ months.

loading the car

bowie state orientation 053 I am also thankful for my family, friends and of course my faith.

time to say goodbye


Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?



Greatest Gifts For My Grad @Best Buy | #spon

Do you have one of these?

Appoquinimink HS Graduation

Then you need one of these!

GreatestGrad ribbon

May 22nd was a day that we will always remember,  but it is now just a memory and it’s time to move on and get him ready to move out!

Malik and his acceptance letter to Bowie

After 18 years the time has come to get him ready to be out and on his own, leaving the comfort of this town, his house, and yes, his bedroom.  We recently applied for a dorm room at Bowie State University and soon we’ll have a list of what he can and CANNOT bring with him on campus.

Our sons have never shared a room so this is going to be a big adjustment for him, but if we plan it right things will go smoothly. Thanks to Best Buy’s Greatest Grad Gift List not only can we find small appliances for his dorm room for under $100, but we can also find gifts that will help him in the classroom.

My son is a gamer yet he knows his education is priority #1, and studying comes first so after checking out the Best Buy Gift list he chose The Asus Transformer T100 Laptop.   This laptop would be the perfect grad gift for him because not only does it come with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Home Office 2013, it’s 32GB internal storage will accommodate movies, music and lots of photos of his family!

Best Buy Greatest Grad

So if you are looking for the Greatest Gift for your Greatest Grad who will be leaving home, check the Best Buy’s Gift Center for items such as blenders, coffeemakers, iPhone and Tablet Cases starting as low at $50, so they can start feathering their new nest.


Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.