College Survival Guide

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College Survival Guide

College-bound kids are armed with the foundation they need to leave the nest and flourish in "the real world": strong morals, good values, and hopefully the knowledge of how to do laundry, eat on a budget, and function on little to no sleep. Now it's time to arm them the greatest gift of all: freedom! As they transition from the comforts of home and settle into the next chapter of their lives, there are many great gifts that will help them along this exciting journey.
Dorm Economics
Leaving the comforts of home means relinquishing certain luxuries such as home cooked meals and a clean house. To make due in the confines of smaller, more independent living quarters, be sure to equip freshman with all of the great gifts that will make dorm life easier and more manageable. Give compact appliances like a hot air popcorn popper or something useful like a laundry bag to help the laundry challenged keep colors bright and whites white. Gadget gifts like the digital reader and digital camera will keep students communicating and organized, while at the same time happy documenting new memories. For the dorm, every perfect desk set-up should include an electronic dictionary/translator, and TV/DVD combo along with favorite DVDs such as , "Old School" and , or a new alarm clock radio and will make them sing your praises.
Dorm Sweet Dorm
Prevent homesickness by making the new dorm room feel less like a cold, foreign environment and more like home sweet home by adding fun, cozy decorative touches. Whether it's throws, bean bag chairs, comfy bedding, and warm lighting. Use our Ultimate Dorm Essentials Checklist to make sure you don't forget anything while preparing for the big leap.
Can't Live Without
A fridge, an iPod, and family photos are all great additions to a students' dorm life experience, but a few other great gifts are needed to ensure a smooth, welcoming transition. A subscription to a favorite magazine or Survival Handbook for College, crunch time care packages to help them power through those long study sessions, will provide the final additions to the ultimate college survival gift pack.