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The 12 Emotional Stages Of Dropping Your Kids Off At College

It's a major milestone AND an emotional roller coaster! Shop for the big move at IKEA®.

1. STAGE 1: Excitement

Our kid got into college! IT REALLY HAPPENED.

2. STAGE 2: Relief

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They have a bright future after all! (And thank goodness they won't be bumming around for another year.)

3. STAGE 3: Neuroticism

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This shopping list is going to be insane. In fact, we should probably start shopping NOW. Like...right this instant.

4. STAGE 4: Nervous Delight

Is it already time to leave?! Time to see where our kid's going to be for the next FOUR YEARS.

5. STAGE 5: Worry


Oh, god, did we forget something at home? We definitely forgot something at home.

6. STAGE 6: Judgment

Who is this random first-year roommate assignment?? They look a little sketchy. They'd better be considerate.

7. STAGE 7: Confusion / Via

This campus is actually a labyrinth.

8. STAGE 8: Worry...again!

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What are the parties going to be like?! Will there be adult supervision?!

9. STAGE 9: Exhaustion

Moving is difficult.

10. STAGE 10: Awkward Sadness

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Here comes the hardest part: saying good-bye. OK, let's try not to cry or be embarrassing. There are so many rules to heartfelt good-byes!

11. STAGE 11: Acceptance

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The house isn't the same, but we'll be OK. So it goes.

12. STAGE 12: Utmost Pride


We've been imagining these moments since day one, and we couldn't be more proud. (And winter break better come soon so we can see their cute face again.)

Preparing for college is a big deal. IKEA® is here to help.