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Colleges strive for balance between involving parents, cutting apron strings

Marci Gore • Feb 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Robin Broome’s daughter, Amanda, will finish up her high school curriculum later this year and head off to Northeast State Community College in the fall.Because Broome home-schooled her daughter, the two have spent a great deal of time together at their home in Fall Branch. But as she comes to terms with the fact that her youngest child will be a college freshman in the fall, Broome says she’s aware that the time has come to let her go.“Letting go has been a process. Amanda’s got an older brother. So she’s my last one and that makes it a little scary. Life for me completely changes. I guess it’ll bring about the empty nest syndrome. My husband says I’ve been more clingy with Amanda than [our son Jonathan],” Broome said.Part of the letting go process for Broome has been to allow Amanda to fill out her own college applications and research available scholarships.Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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