As a parent of two college students, I appreciate that two mothers have taken it upon themselves to look out for other people’s kids, many of whom are away from home for the first time in their young lives. According to Onward State, a pair of moms have been setting up a stand to offer free advice to students at Penn State University.
Earlier this year, Sue Jackson had an idea to serve the students at Penn State and ran it by her friend Lori Rose. The ladies decided to set up a stand on the campus with a sign that reads “Ask A Mom.” That’s where they offer free advice and even hand out homemade cookies to anyone who needs some motherly influence. Lori’s 9-year-old Welsh Springer Spaniel, Ellie, comes along, too.
Every Wednesday, the Penn State moms set up shop at a well-traveled spot on the school’s main University Park campus and provide support and much-appreciated advice to students who may be struggling with the adjustment to college life. “For us, it’s a small effort from us to brighten someone’s day,” says Rose. And they have experience in that role since they both have kids at Penn State.
The ladies plan to continue their “Ask A Mom” stand for as long as the weather and their schedules allow. They say it’s been satisfying to get to connect with so many students. “We love listening to students and hearing about their lives. If you watch too much news, you would think people are hating each other and that divisiveness is all that exists,” Rose says. “Our experience is that people want a human connection and that kindness is sometimes a surprise and always welcome.”