So far September has been a big month for us. My youngest started grade 11 and my middle boy moved into his first set of student digs that he shares with 5 other boys. Yep, you heard me, SIX 19 year old boys in one old house.
These guys are determined to keep their place ship shape. I think that’s a tall order, but my guy has assured me that everything is ‘cool’. (That’s code for they all get along and there’s been no drama…yet.)
The annual return to university was a little stressful for all of us, even that easy going guy. We got him all set up when it comes to eats, and since he’s not a fancy guy, his room furnishings are composed of detritus from all over. But he’s happy. Soon, late-night study sessions, a hectic schedule of labs of volunteering and frat activities and exams will take over.
I want to make sure he’s got everything he needs for a calm and productive existence. I’m his mom, and I’m not ready to cede control. I want to make sure his life runs smoothly and that he’s free to focus on what’s important.
So I helped him out a little.
Stock up on essentials
For many university students, having to manage your first ‘home’ as well as all the pressures of student life can be overwhelming. My guy is no different. Along with all of his schoolwork, he’s got new responsibilities. Unlike in the dorm, where his next meal was just steps away and everything was ‘all-inclusive’, he’s got to think about grocery shopping, laundry and even paying bills for the first time. I made sure he’s all stocked up on essentials for the year like laundry detergent, soap, toiletries, and toilet paper. He’s got plenty of products to keep him ship shape, like Arm & Hammer™ Coldwater™ Laundry Detergent Paks or Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Crystal Burst™ Power Paks (available in liquid too), which will make his laundry idiot proof. No measuring or worrying about setting the temperature for the cold water packs plus the option of a clean fresh boost with the baking soda ones. He’ll save on hot water and will keep his clothes looking good too. Win/win, right?
Make healthy choices easy
While I sent him off with ideas for fast and easy meals and a well-stocked pantry, it’s good to plan for food-related contingencies too. Hes a pretty healthy guy, but we ran through some realistic goals and ways to keep us a healthy lifestyle throughout the busy school year. With long hours and a demanding workload, that resolve can fall by the wayside. He’s got a supply of Vitafusion™ MultiVites gummy vitamins on hand is an easy way to make sure he gets the nutrients he needs even if it’s a fast food kinda week.
Put Together a Student Care Package
Now that he’s all settled in and adjusting to his school schedule, I’m going to remind him of home with a little care package. Next time he comes to visit (I hope it’s soon!) I’m going to send him back with a litte bit of mama love. This campus survival kit will include some token from home plus some necessities. Some ideas for a student care package include:
- Take-out containers of some of his favourite foods plus print outs of of the recipes so he can make them for himself
- A new photo or other decor item for his dorm room (maybe a picture of him and me together?)
- A studying survival kit (treats, a new water bottle, some motivational stickers or notes, a new pen and highlighter)
What are your tips for helping university students get settled in on campus? And what would you put in a care package?
Note: I’m part of the Church and Dwight Ambassador program. I was compensated for writing this post. As always, all opinions are my own.