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How to cope with siblings going to college

Everyone thinks about the parents, but what about the siblings?

Nothing can ever prepare you for a change in your life. 

Especially when the time comes and your sibling goes off to college.

From personal experience, it’s definitely a hard experience and hard to deal with as I have one sibling. Considering I don’t have any other siblings this makes me feel like an only child, and it leaves me feeling sorry for anyone goes through a similar situation.

It’s truly a shift in your life. From being with them every day, to only seeing them every couple weeks or maybe not even. It’s difficult to deal with situations like these because you try to ignore the day until it actually comes.

There are different ways to cope with this, but it looks different for everyone. According to Lovebox, the key to coping with it is to prepare yourself for the reality and what’s to come in the future. It’s much harder when you try to brush things off and just wait till the day comes. 

Staying in contact is very important, but is very difficult. This is due to the fact that they are busy doing other things. 

The best coping method, I found was just realizing they’re happy and doing what they love. Its hard not to be selfish, but at the same time you would want your sibling to be happy. 

The first couple weeks are also rough for the parents as they cope with feeling the emptiness and awkwardness of being alone.

MyMoving explains that your siblings new adventure doesn’t mean the end to your relationship–it is just the start to a new chapter in your life. Having your sibling live at college prepares you for the real world when they move out and start living their own life. 

It’s super important to find ways to cope with these things and stay positive. It might feel like the end of the world but giving it time is key. They are happy, and you will find happiness in it as well. 


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Jahaira Castillo, Staff Reporter
Hi! I'm a sophomore and this is my first year at Sutton High School. On my free time I like to hang out with friends and family. I also enjoy traveling with my family and visiting new places. My favorite place I've traveled to would have to be Greece. I love listening to music and going to concerts. My favorite type of music would either be R&B and Reggaetón. But about a year ago I started listening to country music and I love it. My favorite country singer would have to be Jason Aldean.

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