I’m the proud dad of a sixteen year old girl. She’s also a high school junior. This week I’m spending her Spring Break, not by swatting away teen boys at a Florida beach, but by touring potential colleges.
While car tripping up the Southeast coast, my wife and I have become decidedly amused by the college tours. As a matter of fact, our eye rolling is beginning to rival our daughter’s. We’re of the age where we were thrown by our parents into college with the old-tried-and-true-sink-or-swim method. Welcome to the university of hard knocks! These days (I feel old even typing that), colleges feature coddling amenities that rival posh country clubs or four star hotels. Cafeterias boast vegan bars, helpful personal advisors are around every corner and dorms are outfitted with appliances per your pre-arrival on-line request. Hundreds of clubs and “interest groups” exist to make sure your little darling feels involved and comfortable. I’ve learned about classes ranging from Harry Potter studies to artisinal chocolate tasting. And, if all this becomes too stressful, there are therapists on staff to help your child deal with the pressures of college life.
I suppose times have changed. In general, our generation has grown up more privileged than our parents and we expect we’ll pass it on. As a result, the little ones have been offered a lot during their short stint thus far on the planet. Whether that’s better or not I’ll not get into, because this is a blog about design, not sociological implications in current culture. Therefore, before this post wades too deep, I’m sharing some of the kids’ rooms we’ve had fun designing. Sometimes our smaller clients offer the bigger challenges.
Now, I’m off to tour another college yoga studio.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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