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It is 'new student' orientation, after all, not 'new student and chaperone'...

"This tour guide doesn't know what he's talking about. You don't need to go all the way to the student union for lunch — the coffee shop at the library is better, faster and cheaper than the cafeteria. The selection isn't quite as wide, but..."

"Listen, I appreciate your insight, but you really don't need to be here. It is 'new student' orientation, after all, not 'new student and chaperone.'"

"We aren't the only mother and daughter here, if you hadn't noticed!"

"I know. It's just that I wanted to do this on my own."

"Okay. I thought you'd like to get the inside scoop from an alum, but if you're sure..."

"I'm sure."

"All right then, I guess I'll see you later."

"Yeah, I'll be home for dinner. Thanks for your help today."

"No problem. Good luck, Mom!"

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