It still feels like summer just got started, but I got a wakeup call the other day while walking through the seasonal aisles at my local Brookshire’s store. The back-to-college goodies are already in stock!
Having already gone through the process of sending my own daughters off to school, I know what an overwhelming time this is for parents and college students, especially new freshmen or those leaving home for the very first time.
Aside from the emotion of starting a brand new life, and taking a very big step toward adulthood, there are the actual logistics involved in setting up a new home. Some things – computer, new bedding, photos of family and friends – are a given. But the rest is a big tossup. What’s going to fit in that little dorm room or new campus apartment? What can I scavenge from the parents or grandparents, and what will I need to buy new? What can I absolutely not live without?
Again, as a mom who’s been through this, I can tell you it’s important to make sure your child takes a few things that both make them feel at home and make their lives easier. (They’re going to be stressed enough already!) We selected some special items for our seasonal aisles with the comfort and happiness of new students in mind:
Big Boss Grills: Even if your student never mastered much beyond pushing the buttons on the microwave, you can be assured they can feed themselves if they have one of these counter cookers. It’s a grill, a griddle, a waffle iron and a sandwich maker, all in one.
Big Boss Blenders: Just right for a student, this powerful blender makes single-serving smoothies, shakes or salsas. It even chops ingredients for salsas or grinds coffee beans.
Big Boss Rapid Wave ovens: A microwave alternative, this is a tabletop cooker that uses three kinds of power (halogen, convection and infrared technology) to cook foods without added oil. Again, this As Seen on TV item is a good solution for young adults who may not know much about cooking, but who don’t want to end up subsisting on fast food or cafeteria fare.
While you’re shopping, check out the seasonal aisles for things like Rubbermaid totes (great for packing up for the big move) and a couple of throw rugs from Garland Rugs, to add some homey warmth to that cold dorm room floor. And one more thing: I’d suggest laying in a supply of your student’s favorite study-time snacks, especially healthier, storable items like granola bars or roasted almonds. If you can’t be there when your student is stressing out during a 2 am study session, at least you know they’ll be well-nourished.