jeremy-85Greetings CSO Nation!

As I look back on my first year in college, I realize I’m at the half way point.  I’m grateful for the opportunity, but more importantly, I’m grateful for L.O.V.E.  The month of February gives me a chance to express my love for those who have been in my corner.  February is also a chance to thank those who have my back through whatever and whenever.  That would be my parents.

Oftentimes, we take our parents for granted.  Seriously, I realize some of you may have grandparents who are your parents or you may have other family members who substitute as your parent.  I just want to show some love to my parents because I realize how critical their assistance has been in my life.  Especially up to this point.

I am pursuing higher learning because I want to achieve a level of success in life which will allow me to have my best life *as he says in his best ‘Oprah’ voice*.  The main reason I’m here today is because of values instilled in me by my parents.  My parents ensured I was in the right programs and schools in order to position myself for college.  I could not have done this alone.

So, it is with love that I write this post in the month of February.  L is for the love my parents have consistently given me through the years.  O is for my continuous effort to try to obey their rules, advice, and guidance as they share their personal experiences with me.  V is for the value of all that love and support – it’s priceless and I value them to the highest.  Finally, E is for the fact I encourage them to continue to be a part of my life even though I’m away from home.  I call my mom.   I ask her for advice and direction.  I realize that I still need them in my life – now, more than ever.

As you’re preparing for college, please never forget what matters most: the L. O. V. E. you share with your parents – it’s invaluable and the best thing in life!