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If your child is about to embark on their college journey they are likely feeling a wide mix of emotions. They might be excited, nervous, sad, worried, and happy all at the same time. College is an exciting adventure full of promise and new experiences. That said, it can be a daunting transition for students and parents alike.
As a parent, you no doubt want to help smooth that transition and help prepare your child for their big move. Aside from helping them with the cost of their education, here are some practical things you can give your children when leaving for college whether they will commute from home or going out on their own.
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The days of handwritten notes, essays, and even exam papers are a thing of the past. No college student can get by without a laptop. Although expensive, if you can provide or contribute toward the cost of a new laptop then it will help your child exponentially in their studies. When purchasing a new laptop ensure that you are buying the right model, will they benefit from a Mac or Windows? Look at things such as the storage capabilities or the available disk space on Mac or Windows. Also, consider the size and weight of the laptop, is it easily portable? Grab a laptop case to make it carry and protect your student’s investment. Finally, don’t forget to insure the laptop against accidents, theft or damage.
Different universities offer many different types of places for students to live. Some have dorms where two rooms share a bathroom, some have half a floor of several dorm rooms share a large bathroom with multiple shower stalls, toilet stalls, and sinks. Whether your young adult have a semiprivate bath or communal bath, they will need essentials such as 3 or more towels and washcloths, soap in a holder, haircare items and styling tools, nail clippers, tweezers, shampoo and/or conditioner, tooth care, and more. And most important is a bath friendly caddy to make it easier to bring items to and from the bathroom.
Students are not known for their culinary expertise and neither do they have a huge budget to be dining out regularly. To help them when they first leave home send them with as much food as you can. Fresh produce is not likely to last so stock up on canned and packet goods to help see them through for as long as possible. Also, be sure to add their favorite treats for them to enjoy. Alternatively, consider sending them a grocery store gift card so that they can stock their shelves themselves.
Your young adult’s dorm might have a communal kitchen area, one that is unlikely to be stocked with the small items they might need. Enable them to open the canned goods you’ve sent and encourage a bit of cooking by helping them be prepared with some kitchen essentials.
Essentials to pack can include –
- Can openers
- Ice tray
- Microwavable plates and bowls
- Chopping boards
- Pots, pans, and cooking utensils
Another great tip is to get them a small microwave and dorm size fridge that they can keep in room incase there is not a the communal kitchen or if one is particularly busy.
As your child moves out and to their new home they will also be sleeping in a new bed. A person’s bed can be a big deal. It needs to be comfortable, welcoming, and enable a good night’s sleep. To help the transition from their beloved home bed send your child with some fresh and comfortable sheets, comfy pillows, and cuddly covers to make their new pad their own.
These are just some of the things that can be helpful when you or your child are going out on their own.
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