One of the hardest times for a college student is the mid-winter slump. This usually occurs around the beginning to middle of February. Too often parents, especially of new college students, think about the first semester jitters and send some love from home, but forget about the rather dull second semester.
The fall semester holds a lot of excitement for many reasons: it is the start of a new year after a long summer, for some it is a whole new adventure they have never experienced, there are a lot of sports to either be involved in or to cheer for, and the semester ends with the holidays. Between nice weather, Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, finals, and Christmas break, the fall semester just flies by.
Soon after the holidays are over, many colleges start their classes back up again. Suddenly, it is cold and students are trudging from class to class, often missing the craziness of the holidays with their families. It doesn’t take long for the newness of the spring semester to wear off. Spring break seems so far away and the end of the school year is even farther away. A package from home at the right time can help rejuvenate your college student, chase the blahs away, and recharge their slumping grades.
Vitamins: During the winter months, whether your college students are in Ithaca, New York or Miami, Florida, the winter months bring the fatigue of colds and viruses. Vitamins are not going to help a student recover from a cold, nor will they keep a virus at bay, but they will give your loved one extra strength to fight the fatigue of winter and have a little bit more energy to give to their studies.
Cold and Cough Medicines: Cold and flu season in the close quarters of a dormitory will likely affect your college student. The proper medicine to help fight the symptoms is often fairly expensive and your loved one is more likely to take the medicine if it is already in his or her cupboard. Don’t forget the cough drops! You wouldn’t want your student to disturb his or her roommate or classmates with coughing fits if at all possible.
Kleenex: Runny noses will abound while the students are running from the warm indoors to the cold, and often windy, outdoors, back to the warmth again. Good quality tissues are always welcome to have on hand.
Non-perishable comfort food: Nothing says “Stay Warm and Stay Healthy” better than a cup of soup. Include in your care package a few can of soup in different varieties. Don’t forget to send a can opener just in case they don’t have access to one. You can find one for under $2 at Walmart or Target. A box of crackers with cheese or peanut butter also helps with the munchies when the weather is too nasty to venture out to get lunch or supper.
Grocery Gift Cards and Coupons: While it wouldn’t be a good idea to send orange juice or fresh fruit through the mail, you can certainly send gift cards for the grocery store. It also helps to clip appropriate coupons to send to your student. If you send them coupons for healthy food items often through the mail they will be more likely to use them.
Water Bottle: It is so important to stay hydrated no matter what time of the year it is. Find a good quality reusable water bottle (such as a Camelback) that your student can fill up throughout the day. The environment and your student will thank you!
Movies: Your college student is stuck inside because the weather has turned nasty so why not send them a new movie to watch? Or better yet, send them a subscription to Netflix so that they can see new movies AND old movies without watching the same movies over and over again. There is also no fear of late fees and the movies come directly to them in the mail. Of course, this only works if your student is conscientious about their studies!
Valentine’s Day: If you are sending the care package before February 14th don’t forget about the dreaded Valentine’s Day. Whether or not your student has some special to share the day with, send a little love from home. If they have someone special to celebrate with, send them a gift card to a nicer restaurant so they won’t have to spend all of their money on the date. If they don’t have a special someone, send a card or a note, something special just for them, and a gift card or gift certificate for a fun event in the town they are in. It would take some research on your part, but your young loved one would appreciate not having to hang out by themselves in their room.