I wish my parents knew… I wish my parents knew: How hard it is for me to be away from home. How hard it is for me to get home for a weekend. How important it is for me to see my friends when I came home for a visit. How much a message, phone call or care package means to me. That I am going to be busy with homework and that late nights are sometimes necessary. That I am going to be OK. They taught me important values and lessons, which I will use when I am faced with difficult situations. That I miss them more than I let them know. That I won’t always be able to earn an A and that education is never a waste. All my programs are teaching me critical thinking, writing and analytical skills that are important to any profession. That if they don’t hear from me for a few days, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong but that I am busy doing my school work. That my schedule is going to be scattered and inconsistent, so I can’t always be home for dinner. That sometimes I just need them to listen to what I have to say and not offer their advice.