7 Things To Put In A College Care Package

Every college student enjoys receiving mail while away at school. We especially love to receive care packages full of things that remind us of home. Now that college has sunk in, and we are starting to get buried in papers, projects, and reading, here are some things to include in a care package for a busy college student.

1. Money and Gift Cards

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College is expensive and college students always enjoy an extra couple of dollars for snacks, coffee, clothes, and eating out. While cash is great, gift cards are great too! Some of the best places to get gift cards for are grocery stores, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Target, Amazon, and of course Starbucks!

2. Snacks and Candy

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Some snacks for studying, movie nights, or just a chill weekend with friends are great to receive in a care package. Some suggested snacks are popcorn, goldfish, veggie straws, or anything else you know that student likes! Of course, to balance out the saltiness, sending some sweets like Reese’s, KitKat, fruit snacks, and again, just send the students favorite (don’t be afraid to ask them.)

3. A Hand-Written Note

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A hand-written note has the power to change a stressful lousy day into a memorable one. Knowing that someone took the time to sit down and write a letter instead of sending a quick text can make a difference.

4. Socks and Comfy Clothes

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Especially in the north most of our school days are spent in the cold and some comfy socks or clothes can keep us warm and happy when studying or watching movies with our friends. Some common suggestions are comfy pajamas (Christmas-themed ones are great for December), sweaters, leggings, blankets, and of course, the fuzzier the socks the better.

5. Mugs and Coffee

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Most college students depend on coffee to help them get through the day, every day. A cute mug or travel mug is a great gift to feed the necessary addiction. Also, most students have a Keurig or something similar, so another great gift is some K Cups!

6. Movies

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Again, with the movie nights. Movie nights are a common occurrence for a weekend in. While most of us do have a streaming service of some sort not all movies are on those services. Check my go-to fall movies for some suggestions on what movies to send in your care package.

7. Homemade treats

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When I asked my friends what they would like to receive in a care package many of them said homemade treats of some kind. Some examples of those treats are banana bread, pumpkin bread, cookies, brownies, and homemade rice crispy treats.

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Everything But The Bagel Avocado Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of whole wheat bread (Dave’s Killer Bread, sesame is my favorite)
  • One half of a medium sized avocado
  • Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Mash the avocado, then spread it on the toast
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning on-to the toast according to your taste (I use a lot because it’s incredible.)

 

6 Best T.V. Shows to Binge This Fall

Gilmore Girls

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Not only is Gilmore Girls my favorite show ever, but it is also a great show to watch in the fall. The small town and fall themed intro makes this show perfect for this time of the year. The show starts with Rory going to back to school, which gives it the ideal fall feeling.

Once Upon A Time

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I have no real reason that this show reminds me of fall other than I started watching the show in the fall so whenever I watch the show, I get major nostalgia for colorful leaves and fresh apple cider.

Longmire

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Longmire is the perfect crime show to watch in the fall. The show takes place in Wyoming, but with the red toned scenery and murder-based episodes, fall is the ideal time to watch.

Stranger Things

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While I think this one is a little self-explanatory, nothing says fall like a creepy thriller that will remind you of Halloween. Plus, I believe Eleven was the most popular Halloween costume last year, so I think that helps prove my point.

Supernatural

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Again, with the creepy shows! My friend Rory recommended this show to me a couple years ago, and I love it! Not only did I start watching this show in the fall but with the show being based on paranormal and supernatural activity, it’s a great show to begin in the fall.

Parks and Recreation

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This show takes place during every season of the year, but this show is a fall show to me for many reasons. My brother and his wife started to watch this show in the fall which is why they agree that this show is a perfect fall watch. Since I attend college in Indiana where the show takes place, it always reminds me of the fall semester and the great state where I attend college.

10 Things To Look For In A College

It’s that time of the year, and for some, it’s that time of your life. High school graduation is closer than you think and it’s time to start deciding what colleges you want to apply to and ultimately choose the college you wish to attend. I have collected a rating system to help you determine what college is best for you! Rate every category using numbers 1-5 (1 is the lowest and 5 is the best!) and see what college rates the highest!

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Majors and Programs

It’s essential that you choose a college best fit for the degree you plan on working towards. If you are ready to teach the future faces of our world, then you will want to choose a school that has a good education department. If you plan on becoming a doctor, you will want to find a school with a good bio/pre-med program. Make sure you look into schools that can support the future you have planned for yourself!

Cost and Financial Aid

College is expensive, and it’s important to be aware of what you are going to spend on your education. While looking at the colleges, you would like to attend, keep in mind the price of the university, your available financial aid, scholarships, and payment options.

Location

Location, location, location! Some students want to go to school close to home while others want to be as far away from home as possible. Some dream of attending class with the view of a beach and others would like to see mountains for skiing or snowboarding. The busyness of a city can be exciting for some, while others may prefer a more relaxed and (or) rural environment. Location is more important than you think, so make sure you like the area that surrounds the university.

Size

The size of the university is an integral part of your decision. One thing to consider is the physical size of the campus. Do you want to have to drive from class to class or would you rather have the option to walk everywhere in a timely fashion? Also, the size of the classes is something to consider. What is the professor to student ratio for the average class? The general number of students that attend your school is another factor: do you want a college where it’s rare to see someone you know or do want to recognize everyone around you?

Post Graduate Information

The point of attending college is to prepare you for the career path you desire. With many careers, the connections and tools that you have received will make finding a job easier. Do you want to be a Politician? Look for a college that has produced senators or presidents that can supply you with the proper training and connections for you to succeed.

Atmosphere

Do you like college sports? Do you want to be part of a fraternity or sorority? These are all things to consider when looking at a college. If you want to go to the big game every Saturday in the fall, then a big school might be a better option for you. Do you like a small and home-like atmosphere? Then a smaller school could be a better choice. What is the dorm life like? Is the living situation more community focused or separate living areas and what do you prefer?

Professors

There are good and bad professors in every college and in almost every department, but the overall quality of professors is something to consider. I would suggest checking out the website Rate My Professor. It is a fantastic tool to see what students think of their professors. This can also relate to the desired size of a college. At a smaller school, it is easy to build a relationship with your professor so that they can help you when you need it and truly understand what you need.

Values

I personally chose to go to a Christian University, but with that decision comes specific rules and values that I have agreed to comply to. I don’t drink while in school because of the rules we are given. I also attend chapel three times a week. Know what your school believes and decide if that is something you like in a university or if you would prefer more or less freedom.

Student Opinion

The best way to get to know the good, bad and the truth of a university is to talk to the students that attend that school. Check out Rate My Professor (there is a section where students rate the school as a whole) and read student opinions. Find a student you know or meet one when you visit and ask everything that you would like to know about the university. Ask as many people as possible to get the best opinions of the school.

Overall Feeling

Trust your instinct and visit the school. I was still unsure about where I wanted to go until I visited my school. I have always been one to depend on my intuition, and it has very rarely let me down. Trust how you feel! You have to spend about four years of your life attending this school, so go somewhere you love!

 

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Football Dip

Happy football season! It’s that time of the year again. If you know me, you know that I love fall for many reasons, one of them being Penn State Football. Growing up, my mom would make this dip every Saturday for us to snack on while watching Penn State play football. I thought the best way to celebrate the beginning of this football season and the relaunch of my blog is to share our “football dip” recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. of cream cheese
  • Hormel beanless chili (if you’re a vegetarian you can use some vegetarian chili instead)
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • (optional) canned jalapenos

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Directions:

  1. Place the 8 ounces of cream cheese in the casserole dish and microwave for 15 seconds.
  2. Then spread the cream cheese evenly across the bottom of the dish.
  3. Add the can of beanless chili and spread on top of the cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on the chili
  5. (Optional) If you want to add the jalapenos, place them randomly on top of the cheese.
  6. Put the dish in the microwave and cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve with the tortilla chips of your choice.

Welcome to my World!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to start this adventure of blogging by sharing my passions and experiences with you. I live an ordinary life full of marvelous people, places, and things. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Cheers!

Christina