In an era in which students incur mountains of debt simply to obtain a college degree, the notion of parents spending hundreds, if not thousands, more to ensure that their child feels “at home” away from home nauseates me [“Designing parents raid the dorm,” Style, Aug. 25].

We live in a society of haves and have-nots for sure, but colleges and universities have been the great equalizer: Freshmen pretty much are on the same plane, ready to begin what should be one of life’s most meaningful experiences. Dorm decor should be the last item for freshmen getting used to being away from home. After the first couple of years, parents can set up their fragile darlings in a designer condo to ensure that the real world won’t impinge on their child’s sensitivities.

Frank D. McDermott, Arlington