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    Acceptable MC behavior at University Drop Off

    University drop off is a classic MC ritual. It’s the culmination of all those years of education, either paid for, or at the one decent state school in the area. It’s a big MC deal.

    Sundays in late September and early October see rows of Volvos packed to overflowing with boxes of books, clothes, posters, IKEA lamps, Waitrose groceries – and nervous parents and students arriving at University Halls of Residence up and down the country.

    But how should MC parents behave? Here’s a quick guide to Acceptable and Unacceptable Uni Drop Off behaviour.

    Acceptable behaviour

    • Carrying boxes and cases up to the room.
    • Helping unpack clothes.
    • Making the bed. (NB Mother’s role to put on duvet cover. Father checks location of plug sockets.)
    • Offering to buy more food.
    • Polite knowing nods to other MC box carrying parents.
    • Short conversations about the distance travelled.
    • Repeated use of the phrase ‘you’re going to have so much fun.’
    • Staring wistfully out of the window at the falling leaves and wondering where the years have gone by.
    • Brief goodbye. A few tears allowed, but best to keep them for the Volvo.

    Unacceptable behaviour

    • Taking one look at the tiny room and saying ‘you can’t sleep in here!’
    • Demanding an upgrade
    • Decorating the room with large photographs of yourself
    • Talking to other freshers, apart from short enquiries about their home town and distance travelled (see above).
    • Any use of the phrase ‘Are you sure you want to stay?’
    • Loud weeping
    • Loud wailing
    • Refusing to leave

    In brief, the code is ‘don’t make a fuss.’ All pretty much MC business as usual.

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    Reader Comments (1)

    But the American English spelling is not so MC. Behavior Behaviour.

    October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

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