Stay Healthy Care Package

Keep your student healthy so they don’t miss a class – or an outing with their new friends. Consider putting together a Stay Healthy Care Package, which can include ingredients like the following:

Stay Healthy care package

Stay Healthy care package

  • Vitamins
  • Water bottle
  • Jump rope
  • Grip machines
  • Pedometer
  • Healthy snacks, nuts, trail mix
  • Waterproof jacket

Your student’s keeping sharp and staying in shape. Here are some ways they can get financially fit for freshman year.

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Get Well Care Package

Between class, studying, having fun and sleeping crazy hours, it’s not unusual for college students to get a little sick from time to time. Help your student bounce back from the sniffles with a Get Well Care Package, which can include items like:

Get Well care package

Get Well care package

  • Cough drops
  • Tea bags & mug
  • Robe
  • Tissues
  • Books
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Comfy pillow
  • Cans of soup

Being on the mend is a good time for students to look at ways to make their money habits healthier, too. Share these tips for avoiding bad money habits.

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Now’s the time to get involved

The importance of extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities aren’t just a way for you to pursue your hobbies – they can also show prospective colleges what makes you a stand out as an applicant. But with all the available options, it can be hard to know how to get involved or what you should focus on. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re considering extracurriculars:

  • Choose quality over quantity. Get involved in a few activities over a longer period of time rather than a lot of activities during your senior year. Try to find a couple of extracurriculars you really enjoy and focus as much time and energy as you can on them.
  • Play to your strengths. It’s tempting to get involved in popular activities or in ones that you think will seem the most impressive to colleges. But if you stick to extracurriculars that show off your skills, you’ll not only be happier, you’ll be putting your best foot forward on college applications.
  • Develop leadership skills. The good news is that, no matter what activity you’ve chosen, it’s possible to develop this important trait. Whether you’re playing a sport, acting in a play, volunteering, writing a blog, or enjoying multiplayer video games, you can be an example to others.
  • Get involved in your community. Are you passionate about the environment? Interested in helping kids learn how to read? Extracurriculars don’t just have to be a hobby – if you volunteer at a local food depository or wash cars as a fundraiser for a charity you care about, you’re developing character and skills that will be invaluable as you begin college.
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Exam Cram Care Package

Every semester in college brings exams, and exams may mean cramming a lot of studying into a short amount of time. If your student’s looking at some serious cram time, give them a little extra help with an Exam Cram Care Package. Consider including items like the following:

Exam Cram care package

Exam Cram care package

  • Stress ball
  • Exam blue books
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Tea bags
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Mini Zen garden
  • Post-Its
  • Vitamin C drops
  • Travel coffee mug

Exams can have your student pining for a time when life was a little simpler. Here’s how they can get a little boost of nostalgia and reconnect with old friends.

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No Place Like Home Care Package

Even if your student is eager to get caught up in university life, we’ve got no doubt they’ll get a little homesick from time to time. Send them some of the comforts of home with a No Place Like Home Care Package, and consider including items like the following:

No Place Like Home care package

No Place Like Home care package

• Homemade cookies
• Security blanket
• Pillow from home
• Old childhood toys
• Drink mix (cider, cocoa, etc)
• Mug
• Homemade preserves
• Electric candles
• Hand-written note
• Framed photograph of family and/or family pet

Need some ideas for having fun when your student comes home? Check out these great ‘staycation’ ideas.

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Keep It Clean Care Package

Their first time away from home, college students get wrapped up in study, friendship and college activities, and they might let the little things slide. Help them stay fresh with a Keep It Clean Care Package, which can include:

Keep It Clean care package

Keep It Clean care package

• Antibacterial spray
• Towels and wash cloths
• Loofa & soap
• Shower slippers
• Laundry pods, laundry basket and laundry bag
• Shower caddy
• Expandable cup
• Lint roller
• Shower brush
• Toy duck
• Rubber gloves

Clean living keeps you going, and clean credit helps you live better. Read these tips on how your student can manage their credit cards.

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Say thanks

Send notes to those who helped you make it to college

It’s happening – you’ve graduated high school, been accepted into college, and will soon be settling into a brand-new rhythm of life. But before you pack your bags and start your next adventure, here are a few ways you can thank those who have helped you make it this far:

  1. Make a list before you start. From grandparents to teachers to close friends, make a careful list of all the people who have supported you emotionally and financially over the years. You don’t want to forget anybody.
  2. Send thank-you cards. Whether you invest in nice stationery or use online resources like Paperless Post, American Greetings, or Vistaprint, say thank you to those who have helped you with a personal card.
  3. Say it out loud. Take a moment during your graduation party or going-away party to recognize those who have supported you.
  4. Use social media. Use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share photos and stories so they can see how you’re doing.

Make them proud. They’ve helped you get this far – now it’s up to you to work hard and succeed as much in college as you did before college!

How will you say thanks to those who have helped you make it to college?

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Your Five Step Journey to College Financial Aid

Between FAFSA, private loans, room and board fees and more, navigating the college financial aid process can be tricky even for the savviest of students.

We’ve put together the following infographic to help you through the financial aid process so you can get the help you need to take the classes you want.
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5 Steps

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Roommate Diplomacy Care Package

Want your student to start off on the right foot with their roommate? A Roommate Diplomacy Care Package can make everyone’s life easier. Include items like the following:

Roommate Diplomacy care package

Roommate Diplomacy care package

• Chess, checkers, jumbling tower, deck of cards
• Dry-erase board (for writing up chores and duties)
• Sleep mask & nose strips
• Air freshener
• Flashlight
• “Do Not Disturb” door hanger
• Snacks (cheese puffs, pretzels & popcorn)
• Books
• Personal fan

Nip your student’s dorm drama in the bud. Check out this article on how they can avoid roommate issues by splitting it down the middle.

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Moving In Care Package

Moving in to a new dorm room and making it “yours” is important for the new college student, and there’s no way they’re going to remember everything. Help them transform their space into something they can truly call theirs with a Moving In Care Package. Try including items like the following:

Moving In care package

Moving In care package

• Yoga DVD
• Novelty lamp
• Mug
• Fun desk toys
• Organization store gift card
• “Dorm Room Feng Shui” book
• Snacks (apples, cheese puffs, gumballs, gummy bears, mints)

Now that your student has moved in to college, don’t let them just camp out in their room! Share these ideas for how they can get involved on campus.

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