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Topic: "College Survival Kit" for friend graduating high school...ideas?  (Read 19773 times)
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« on: May 11, 2008 12:24:33 AM »

My friend who is a couple of years younger than me is graduating high school and for her graduation present I was thinking of putting together a "college survival kit" of items and advice that i wish people had given me before i started college.  Here's some things that I've already thought of:

*scantrons (at my school you have to buy your own, i dont know if its the same everywhere else)
*those little post-it page tabs
*Ramen noodles
*also ill probably include some advice on what teachers to take and not to take since she is going to the same college as me
*a list of possible excuses to use when you didnt write that paper thats due today

It seems like i thought of more things but they're not coming to mind at the moment.  But can anyone think of anything else?  more college advice or things to add to the loot?  She is one of my really close friends so i plan on spending quite a bit on her so any ideas you have would be appreciated...
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2008 03:53:30 PM »

I recieved a gift like that before I started college, some more ideas you could do are:
-Map of the campus
-Coffee Mug
-Snack foods (like gummy bears, granola bars, trail mix, etc)
-Pens (I went through pens like crazy this year, you can never have too many!)
-If living in a dorm, maybe some easy microwave recipes
-Playing Cards/Board Games
-Picture of the two of you together

Also, as far as putting it together, I got mine in a big rubbermaid storage bin, which has been useful for moving in, storage, and moving out.
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008 06:31:25 PM »

+ School logo stuff (hoodie or decals or something)
+ Roll of quarters (laundry/parking meters if she'll have a car)
+ Pencils (handy for those scantron tests)
+ Detergent (again, laundry gifts are always good)
+ Posters or something to make the room look more lively
+ Adhesive/hooks easy ways to hang stuff up. The 3M kinds work really well
+ If she'll have a loft, there's these cool clamp on small shelves that hook on to the side of the bed. Those are handy for things like holding your cell phone and other random things without worrying about rolling over them. I got mine at target, but i'm sure other places have them too.

I like the idea shock suggested about the storage bin as the gift box, those are very handy.. Or you could put it all in a laundry basket or something. Those are useful too.
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2008 07:12:14 PM »

Ditto on the pens (but in fun colors) and highlighters. I'd consider getting the erasable kinds because they can be used on textbooks then erased later on to get more money for it.

-Sticky Tack and adhesive hooks
-microwave popcorn and pop tarts
-Tupperware/plastic baggies (for stealing from the dining hall)
-Photographs (ahhh memories...)
-A shower caddy and flip-flops if she's stuck with a communal bathroom
-hair ties
-A bowl/mug to microwave her Ramen in
-Mechanical pencils
-a flash drive
-an eye mask for sleeping

... that's it so far. Hope that's helpful Wink
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2008 08:02:44 PM »

oh thanks you guys... i think i got all the stuff i need in just these three posts.  I dont live in the dorms and she will be so thats mainly what i was looking for since i havent really experienced dorm life i dont really know all the little helpful things she might need.  this was alot of help!
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008 09:34:44 PM »

Other handy information you might want to include:
-student/community organizations that are awesome
-cool stores and how to get there
-good restaurants that are cheap
-where and whether to buy textbooks and sell them
-storage of any type

If you have time, a crafted toy or blanket would be pretty cool. I'm crocheting my sister a blanket for her high school graduation gift. There are lots of cute knit toys patterns on knitty.com (crochet ones at crochetme.com). If you don't knit or crochet you could sew something. You could also embroider or stencil a store bought blanket or pillow.

Personal swaps are fun!

Fun websites to give for free: thehungersite.com, freerice.com, care2.com

Wanted: Sock yarn scraps for a shawl.
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2008 08:29:45 PM »

I've done these for a few friends and am working on an UBER version for my baby sister who is leaving for school in the fall. although you've probably finished, for future readers  I'd also recommend the following items which made me really popular in the dorms, as most people forgot them and I regularly rescued people who were wandering the halls asking if anybody had them:

-tools (I've found a great little hammer which hides a graduated set of screwdrivers in it's handle which is awesome for assembling ikea furniture and fixing things that break,  a multi-tool or swiss army-type knife is also good)
-duct tape and scotch tape
-safety pins
-a flash light

and for the recipiant's own comfort and sanity:
-a booklight (for when your roommate wants to sleep and you need to study or vice versa, the flashlight works too, but the booklight is easier to use)
-earplugs I cannot emphasize these enough.  they are vital.
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2008 08:42:58 PM »

coloring books and crayons. Someone i know got them in a similar going away care package. They're big at my school and a great way to have fun and be silly on a po' dorm child's budget.
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008 10:46:00 AM »

I was thinking something like a door hanger with her name, decorated. ? I remember we used to have them, and we made them ourselves.
Easy peasy things that you can cook in a dorm room with just a microwave?
Laundry Detergent/laundry bag?
Lots of pens/pencils!
Lots of notebooks, binders, etc so she can keep her stuff seperate and organized!
Playing cards!
Stamps if she's farther away from home!
Febreeze febreeeezze is amazing. My roommate stunk so badly at times i used to febreeze her ENTIRE side. It really was a life saver!
A mini fan? I know I would have died without mine.
A first aid kit?
Small sewing kit?! You never know when a button will fall off, or a rip could occure!
Just put things you think she'd need/enjoy! Everyone in college tries to be different, try making her some really cool pillows, or get her some awesome lighting! I'm sure whatever you decide to send her she would really appreciate!

*I'm just rambling things off just to give you an idea!*
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2008 12:59:59 AM »

my first year of college the thing that i found most useful was my bulletin board. you could also modify this to me a memory board (i think thats what they are called...the type with ribbon criss crossed). you can find them for about 5 bucks at ikea. also, at the dollar tree where i live they have over the door hangers for robes, or jackets or whatever. this would be good in itsself, but i used mine to hang my bulletin board on (the ikea ones come with the loop kind of hangers that you put on the top of the frame rather than the back zig zag kind to use with nails) so you can loop a piece of string on the top and hang it over the door without having to use nails!

also, if you can sew it might be a good idea to make a fleece blanket in her school colors with the university name/initials or mascot. maybe matching pillows? its always nice to have a fleece blanket, of course if she isnt into the whole school spirit aspect of college you could always do it in her favorite color, animal or what have you.

another idea might be to either embroidery on or stencil on a pair of pajama bottums or sweatpants.
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