President's Welcome

President’s Welcome

I’m feeling jealous!  For the first fall since 1990 Laurie and I are not sending a child off to school.  Our youngest, Phil, graduated from college in May.  In our experience few things take the place of both the excitement and the anxiousness the first day a new school year brings.  We found those feelings were magnified when sending a child off to college.

In “Calming the first-day-of-school Jitters” (Lincoln Journal Star, 8/12/13), Keri Houchin makes several timeless suggestions as parents prepare to send their children off to school: listen to your child’s fears, stay positive, be informed, send a photo or notes, talk about what to expect.  However you (and your student) are feeling at this moment, I encourage you to consider Houchin’s suggestions.  Even more, I encourage you to spend some alone time with your child at the beginning of their Concordia journey. Tell your child you love him, are there for him but are giving him the space and time he needs to adjust to college life.  We are excited to welcome you and them to the Concordia family!

Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, President