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Send an email or a postcard….encourage your student!

When my daughters started college, I was really good about going to the store and buying cute cards, postcards and care packages and sending them off in a timely manner. After their freshman year, I wasn’t as good. Don’t get me wrong, I would send cards and care packages every now and then but I sort of had this mindset that they weren’t freshmen any more so they probably didn’t need letters and care packages as much.  Well, the students I work with here at Missouri State have set me straight and informed me that it doesn’t matter what year they are, they still want mail and care packages.

I did want to find some alternative ways to let my girls know I was thinking about them without having to go shopping or to the post office. I started finding cute images and inserting them in emails and sending those off. It was quick and instant encouragement for them.  I asked my daughters if they appreciated those and they said they liked getting them because they knew I was thinking about them in that moment.  However, they also noted that a gift card or a box of goodies was still appreciated. Okay, I got the message!

When I started working at Missouri State, I thought it would be nice to offer some images family members could insert in an email, add a message and send off quickly. So with the help of the Plaster Student Union graphic artists (all MSU students  who do fabulous work), we came up with a few images you can send to your student.  You can download these images here.

Just Because-01 Feel Better Soon-01
Dog Card-01 Cat Card-01

My daughters are both out of college now (my youngest recently was married) and I still send gift cards, postcards, letters and emails to them on a semi-regular basis. I encourage you to do the same. I know I love to get mail and emails so it’s nice to send that to others. In fact, I’ve sent the images above to my daughters even though they didn’t go to school here, they are fond of #FlatBoomer!  Right before exams, I’ll give y’all the opportunity to send a “Good Luck on Your Exams” card is sent from my office. We also offer Valentine’s cards.

Let me know if you have ideas for other images you might like to send! I can work with our design students to get those done.  You can contact me at pchildress@missouristate.edu or at (417) 836-3060. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Priscilla

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The TRIO Program – What You Need to Know

We recently sat down with Dr. Rabekah D. Stewart, Executive Director – TRIO Programs and Multicultural Student Retention to learn more about the TRIO Program.  TRIO fosters student growth through academic and cultural enrichment, social interaction, and service to others.

What is TRIO? A pipeline of programs ranging from middle school to graduate school for college access, retention, and success for first-generation and low-income persons.  All of the programs are federally funded by the U.S. Department of education on 5-year cycles.  The programs are as follows:  Education Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, Student Support Services, Education Opportunity Centers, Upward Bound Math & Science, Veteran’s Upward Bound, and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Who is eligible for TRIO and how do you apply to be a part of the program? Are you in TRIO for four years? What standards do you have to meet to stay in the program?  Here at MSU, we have TRIO Upward Bound and Student Support ServicesFor Upward Bound, students have an application process which does include income verification.  Selected students will then interview and discuss more about the program specifically.  Then students are admitted.  We begin recruiting in the spring of the 8th grade year.  Enrollment is rolling, so students can apply at anytime after the summer prior to their 9th grade year up until their 11th grade year in high school.  Seniors are not accepted.  Students’ duration in the program depends on when they entered the program.  It is ideal to get them in the 9th grade, but that does not always happen.  Students must live within the target school area, maintain a 2.5 GPA, be in good standing at their high school, participate in all mandatory activities for Upward Bound, and must have a desire to go to college.  For Student Support Services:  Students submit an application, including income verification documentation.  They also participate in an interview with program staff.  Once admitted, they are paired with a peer mentor and begin our first-year experience activities.  Students can enter at any stage of their college career, except for their senior year.  All participants must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better, maintain good standing with the university, meet all required advising sessions, workshops, and activities set forth by the program.

What services are offered to the students in the program?  Both programs offer tutoring, peer mentoring, retention/intrusive advising and counseling, first-year experience program, cultural exposure, career exploration, financial literacy & financial aid workshops, and college readiness curriculum that includes ACT test prep (Upward Bound only), and graduate school exploration (Student Support Services).

What are the benefits to the students that participate in the program?  The benefits of this program are academic and social support, remediation, relationship-building, career exploration, cultural awareness, semester stipend, and the program is completely free to students.  This list could go on and on. The benefits are many and some are realized during the college years, and others are realized well after college completion.

Learn more about TRIO here.

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10 Reasons Your Student Should Attend the Ursa Experience

Starting college is a scary thing for most students. No matter how “grown up” they are or how much they think they want to leave home, they are nervous about not making friends, getting lost, sharing a room with a stranger. It can be overwhelming.  

We have a way to combat that and it’s the Ursa Experience – Maroon & White Overnight, a 3-day, 2-night engagement camp that immerses your student in Missouri State. They learn traditions, explore their personal strengths and discover how to make their Missouri STATEment plus they have fun!

But if that’s not enough to convince you, here are the top 10 reasons, according to our Ursa 2016 participants (called Minors), for attending Ursa:

  1. Make friends that last a lifetime!
  2. Being able to say “Remember that time at Ursa when…” with your new friends
  3. Learning the fight song (because no other new Bears will know it)!
  4. Always knowing someone on your way to class
  5. Starting you collection of #BearWear t-shirts
  6. Gain knowledge of your strengths and how you can apply those to your college career.
  7. Confidence booster with freshman year/makes less scary
  8. Opens doors for other leadership opportunities
  9. Great way to get involved before school starts
  10. Moving in early and having time to get yourself situated well in advance to classes starting

As you can see, the Ursa Minors really had a good time and they make a case for your student taking part in this new tradition!

Registration is now open. Financial assistance is available also. Visit the Ursa website to find out more information.

If you have questions, contact Priscilla Childress at pchildress@missouristate.edu or at (417) 836-3060.

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Zoë 101: SOAR Season!

CALLING ALL FUTURE BEARS! SOAR season is upon us, which means its time for you to register for your SOAR session. Let me backtrack to make sure we’re all on the same page.

What is SOAR?

Simply put, SOAR is Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration. Pretty neat, ain’t it? It’s name pretty much explains what will happen when you attend, but I’ll break it down for you: 

S: Student

Yes, this is ultimately a resource for students to start their transition into college life at Missouri State University. But don’t you worry families, we have a special family session just for you! For students to attend $125 and family members can come as well for $30 per family member, up to two people total.

O: Orientation

The purpose of attending a SOAR session is to go through a very informative orientation. Here, families and students will be together for some presentations and split at some parts of the session to relay the pertinent information to both groups. We have presentations over all things Missouri State including Safety and Transportation, Dining Services, Residence Life, Bookstore, Student Conduct and more! Everything is geared toward getting students and families ready for this next step in life.

A: Advisement

During your session, students and families will get to meet the Dean of your students college within Missouri State. Students will be separated into groups based on their major and will be assigned an advisor from within their identified major. Each group will also have two SOAR leaders to guide them throughout the session.

R: Registration

At the end of the session your student will actually register for their Fall classes with the help of SOAR Leaders and their SOAR group advisor. That means your student will leave their session with a fall schedule full of college classes!

How do I register for SOAR?

With their username and password incoming students created when getting admitted to the University, students can access the SOAR Module through their MyMissouriState page. They will go to the Missouri State homepage>BearPass Login>Sign in>Blackboard>SOAR Springboard and then follow it through to the end. Make sure to pay attention students! Because at the end of the modules there will be a short quiz you will need to take to make you eligible to sign up for a SOAR session. After getting a passing score of 100% on each quiz, you can sign up for you session.

The last step is just to show up on your session date excited and ready to learn what it means to live the Bear Life here in Springfield! If you have any questions or concerns about SOAR, feel free to contact the New Student and Family Programs office at 417-836-7641 or by email to newbears@missouristate.edu.

Families: Feel free to reach out to Priscilla Childress, New Student and Family Programs Assistant director, for questions as well at pchildress@missouristate.edu  or 417-836-3060.

Excited to see y’all at SOAR this summer!!

Best,

Zoë

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Ask Priscilla: What resources are offered through the Office of Multicultural Programs?

The Office of Multicultural Programs coordinates student programs to enhance academic performance, ethical leadership, community engagement, cultural competence and social awareness. The office offers a variety of activities such as workshops on finances, cultural celebrations and provides students a place to call home.

Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center fondly known as the “MRC” is Missouri State University’s multicultural center, located in the lower level of the Plaster Student Union. This center provides a lounge and entertainment space for students to relax, commune with one another, eat, study and have access to Smart TV. A computer lab is also available to students along with free printing. This space houses the office of the Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs as well as the workspaces of the Graduate Assistant of Multicultural Services and student staff members. With a central location in the student union, the MRC is the hub for student community, connection and intercultural exchange. The MRC is free and open to all students, staff and faculty. The hours of the MRC are 8:30am-8:00pm. 

Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center

The Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center fondly known as the “MRC Annex” is the newest extension of the Multicultural Resource Center located in the west facing lower level of Freddy House. The annex provides a large lounge and entertainment space for students to relax, commune with one another, eat, study and have access to a Smart TV. A computer lab is also available to students along with free printing. Students have access to meeting rooms that can be reserved for meetings and events, as well as a craft/resource corner and kitchen. Additionally, the annex contains the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, which coordinates the Transitions MRC Closet Project and provides students with clothing and accessories needed for various life transitions as well as internship and professional interviews. Furthermore, the annex houses the offices of the Executive Director of Multicultural Programs, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs/LGBTQ+ Student Services, Coordinator of Access Programs, Graduate Assistant of Multicultural Programs, Administrative Assistant III and workspaces of student staff members. This extension of the Multicultural Resource Center provides students a larger space to foster community as well as opportunities for programming. Student are also able to reserve the annex after hours to hosts programs, events and student organization meetings. Reservations are free and made through the Graduate Assistant of Multicultural Programs. The MRC Annex is free and open to all students, staff and faculty. The hours of the MRC are 8:00am-5:00pm (After Hours Access is given with a completed reservation from and approval from the Executive Director).

LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center fondly known, as the “LGBATQRC” is located in the Mary Jean Price Walls Resource Center (i.e., MRC Annex) housed in the west facing lower level of Freddy House. This space is a one-room center that has a library of resources and information regarding queer populations as well as an entertainment space for students to relax, commune with one another, eat, study and have access to a Smart TV. Student staff members work in the center and are free to meet with anyone who has questions or has an interest in the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQRC is free and open to all students, staff and faculty. The hours of the LGBTQRC are 8:00am-5:00pm.

 

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Looking Back…. Hindsight is always 20/20

Registering for classes for the first time can be nerve wracking…well registering for classes anytime can be, but it tends to get easier as the semesters go by.  Pre-registration for the next semester is always a time of great anticipation.  Most students usually have a countdown going and know the exact date and time of when they may register for next semester.  New incoming students usually go to an Orientation session on-campus to help the new students get orientated to the campus and register for classes.  These sessions vary in length from school to school.  My oldest daughter has a one day session basically 8 – 5 and my oldest son has a session starting at 3:00pm on Thursday and ending at 3:00pm on Friday.

What are some things to consider about classes?

  • “8:00AM classes are OK, I have classes now as a Senior in HS that start around 8:00AM”: True statement, but things are just different in college!  It seems like there is always something going on late at night on a college campus…always something more exciting than sleeping.  SO yes, it’s somewhat easy to get up and get going for that class this year in HS, but it’s something different in college.  Don’t get me wrong, more than likely your student will be taking some 8:00 classes this semester or sometime during their academic career.  Eight o’clock classes aren’t the end of the world!  After all Luke Maye from UNC scored the winning basket on Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament and was in his 8:00am business class the next day!
  • 40-hours a week: I always told my students to plan on working 40-hours a week.  Between actual class time and studying for classes, plan on doing 40 hours.  Basically, they were in classes 40 hours a week in HS and hopefully upon graduating from college they will get a job working at least 40-hours a week.  They need to schedule time between classes to study or meet with an instructor.  Try and schedule time right after a class to re-write notes or read what’s in the book.  It needs to be fresh and in your mind.  Ideally, by utilizing your 40 hours a week for school, you can use your night time to relax and re-charge your batteries.  Don’t get me wrong, there will be times you will have to take care of academics outside your 8 – 5 or 9 – 6 time frame, but hopefully they will be few and far in between.
  • Who’s a good prof? Students will ask their friends and classmates this question all the time and everyone has an opinion!  When someone says Professor ABC is the best! ask why?  The reasons they think they are the best, may not be reasons you think are good.  One of the “best” professors I ever had was the “hardest” professor I ever had….he made you think, he challenged you and you had to know your stuff.  Some people don’t think that’s easy and good!!  Unless someone knows you well and says you will do well with these instructor, you should go into the class unsure about what the future will bring, but well prepared and ready to learn!
  • Good notes and good study habits are critical to a good performance in the classroom: This factor is one of the keys to being successful. If you think you have good note taking and study skills, then go into the first round of test doing what worked for you in HS.  If you didn’t have good note taking and study skills in HS, then you need to make a change from the start.  The Cornell Method of note taking is a good system if you feel your note taking skills could be improved.  Ask the instructor if you may make an audio recording of the lecture.  Some will say yes and this makes note taking and reviewing much easier.  Some will say No.  Learning is an active process.  You can’t take notes on a Tuesday and then 3 weeks later look at them again for the first time.
    • Re-write your notes the same day you took them—keep them fresh in your mind
    • During the weekend, set aside a few hours to review the notes for the past week so you will be prepared for the upcoming week
    • Start studying in earnest at least one week in advance of the test. Studying by yourself is good, but study with others in your class is more effective.  Quiz each other and realize rough areas…focus on trouble areas, not on stuff you know well

College is an exciting time!  It provides opportunities for learning growth. Families:  Don’t worry too much.  You have raised them for 17 – 19 years.  How they are acting and behaving now is not going to change a whole lot once they get to college.  Sure, there are going to be a few things they will do in college that they didn’t do in HS, but this is a time for them to explore and to adjust.  STUDENTS:  Go forth and do well!   Your parents are behind you and want you to succeed beyond all expectations.  They are not going to be there to catch you when you trip, so make sure your eyes and ears and brain are all working in unison towards a common goal.  Get involved and try new things.  Don’t get over involved as most organizations have academic guidelines you must adhere to!  Your motto shouldn’t be: This would be a good gig, if it wasn’t for these classes getting in the way.  You are in college for a purpose and keep that in sight!  You will hear the phrase Satisfactory academic promise…it means something!

Lenord D. McGownd Jr. worked in higher education for over 25-years.  During this time, he worked in academic advising, admissions, orientation and residence life.  He currently lives in Missouri and has two children going into college and one who is a sophomore in high school. 

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Consider this…Cinco De Mayo

In the month of May, many people around the world celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This holiday became to be On May 5, 1862 when the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This day shouldn’t be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th. Today, this holiday is celebrated by Mexicans, and especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent.  

Included below are 5 interested facts you may/ may have not known about Cinco de Mayo:

  1. Cinco De Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico and is a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. In Puebla and Veracruz, however, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals and reenactments.
  2. According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo every year.
  3. Cinco de Mayo is also celebrated in the Caribbean, Australia, and Canada, as well as in Latin countries, and of course, The United States.
  4. The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA takes place in Los Angeles, California, which has the highest concentration of Mexican-origin population in the country.
  5. Vancouver, Canada holds an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving event for people interested in adventure sports, and It is followed by a mustache contest.
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Max’s Musings – Put it in the Bank

Hello Bear Family!

Financial literacy is a fundamental skill that every adult should know. An important component of this is understanding how to manage a bank account. For your student, personal bank accounts are essential for their transition into their adult lives and become more independent. Today’s talk is all about the important knowledge your student should know to become confident about managing their own banking! 

The beginning is choosing the right bank and right account type. There are many banking options available and it can seem overwhelming to your student at first. However, the bank your student uses is who is going to hold & protect their money. Therefore, your student should properly research their options should be done to ensure that they choose the best option for them & their lifestyle. The first criteria I suggest determining first is this: location, location, location. There are banking options that are local, regional, and national. Whether your student is coming here this fall, currently attending, or graduating this month, the amount of a bank’s branches and their location in the country are an important factor to consider. Will they be able to use that bank back home or if they move cities? For your student’s time in Springfield, I highly recommend opening an account with a bank with a branch here in town, even if your student has an account with a bank back home. Having a local bank account has several important benefits: no ATM withdrawal fees, your student has a local point of contact, many banks around here offer unique college student accounts with great features, and it is very convenient. Similarly, if your student is graduating in 2 weeks, they should do the same when settling in their future home (if they have not done so already).

Next is choosing the right account type. Each bank offers a unique set of account types that have different features, requirements, and conditions. It is extremely important that your student analyzes what each account offers and what it requires. It is very common for banks to have fees associated with the usage of the account and for deviating from certain minimums or limits they set. Your student needs to be able to answer the following questions about their options:

  • What benefits does this account offer?
  • Is online banking available?
  • What is the minimum amount of money needed to open this account?
  • What is the minimum amount of money I need to keep in the account?
  • Are there any usage requirements for this account (e.g. minimum amount of transactions per month)?
  • How many withdrawals and transfers can I make a month without getting charged a fee?
  • How much is the overdraft fee? Is overdraft protection offered?
  • How can my family deposit money in my account if they want/need to?
  • Can I make cash and check deposits at the bank’s ATMs?
  • What other fees, terms, and conditions are associated with this account?

These are the major questions that will tell your student the essential information about the account options available to them. Even if your student already has an account, they should know the answers to all of these questions about theirs. I have learned the hard way several times not knowing the answers to these questions about my accounts. If I had taken the time to learn these things, it would have saved me so much stress and confusion. Do not let your student will not make the same mistakes I did. As your student thinks about opening an account, they need to determine what they do and do not want from their new bank account(s). Luckily for your student, many college student accounts offer great benefits such as overdraft protection and have little to no extra fees. Student accounts are a great way for your student to get experience with managing their own banking. I highly recommend your student takes advantage of this by opening one!

As I mentioned previously, your student having a bank account is an essential part of their transition into adult life. There are three big reasons for this. First, if your student has a job or is going into a new job, it is likely they will need one. It is common for employers to require a voided check after someone is hired, especially if they offer direct deposit (which is a great service for your student to use by the way). Additionally, if they are employed, they should use their account to learn how to manage the money they earn from their job. Second is paying bills. In today’s world, nearly everything is online. Accordingly, I strongly recommend your student should definitely use online banking if it is available. Online banking easily allows your student to manage their account much easier and at any time of day. In addition to checking their balance, tracking spending, and making deposits and transfers, online banking is an especially beneficial feature for your student paying bills. Automatic bill payment is a common feature with online banking systems and can make paying bills a much simpler process. When your student knows how much their bills will be each month, they can set the amount to be automatically taken out of their account to pay them before or on their due date. However, if your student does this, they should centralize paying bills from only 1 account so they can keep track of their spending effectively and efficiently. Lastly, if your student will be living off-campus or is moving after graduation, housing companies will almost certainly require at least a checking account. Many property companies and owners require payment via a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check. Therefore, your student should also know the charges for buying checks and money orders and how to write them. Knowing how to write a check is another basic financial skill that your student should know before they move into their own place. If your student does not know how to write one yet, they should not feel bad. I admit did not know how to write a check until my second year here. However, it is a very quick and easy skill to learn and they will likely be writing them for many years. Overall, managing a personal bank account is a fundamental aspect of your student becoming an independent person.

No matter where your student is in life, they should have their own personal bank account and know how to manage it. College is the perfect time for your student to learn this important life skill. Not only should you help your student gain this skill, you can also encourage them to use their resources here on campus. We have an organization called MSU Real L.I.F.E. (Literacy in Financing Education) that is available to teach your student the financial knowledge and skills they need to know now and post-graduation. This organization has a peer financial counseling team comprised of fellow students, a series of informative videos on topics such as budgeting and student loans, a guide for saving money while in college, and numerous other resources. Check out their website here: http://www.missouristate.edu/financialaid/reallife/. I hope that this talk will help your student feel confident in making the first big step in the financial transition into adulthood!

Thanks for reading and Go Bears!

~Max

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Congratulations to the 2017 STAR Award Winners

In 1996 Missouri State University hosted the first ever Student Talent and Recognition (STAR) Awards Ceremony. Each year the STAR Awards ceremony honors roughly twenty-five outstanding student leaders and student organizations which have been nominated by various organizations, students, faculty, and staff. Since its beginning, STAR Awards has recognized roughly 350 students, organizations, and advisors at Missouri State.

On average, 150 applications are submitted to the Office of Student Engagement each year and nominations are taken from faculty, staff, students, and student organizations.

The 2017 STAR Awards took place on April 24th in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Nominees and guests were treated to a lovely meal provided by Missouri State Dining Services. It was an evening of glitz and glamour, full of excitement as the winners were announced. We would like to  congratulation all the nominees and winners!

2017 STAR Awards Winner List
Award Winner
Public Affairs Commitment Award Inter-Fraternity Council
First Generation Student Award Luke Wiesboeck
Excellence in Service Learning McKinsey Wiltermuth
Dr. Earle Doman Student Commitment Award Gloria Galanes
Sarah Bickel Leadership Scholarship Summer Holmes
Outstanding Student Employee Zoe Pixler
Outstanding Organization Advisor Darren Wienberg
Outstanding Freshman Abdillahi Dirie
Outstanding Sophomore Caitlin Schaefer
Outstanding Transfer Student Linda Stainback
Outstanding Student Leader Brianna Duda
Outstanding Collaborative Program Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Program Association of International Students
Outstanding Philanthropic Program Up ’til Dawn
Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program Gamma Sigma Sigma
Outstanding Junior Noah Hendel
Outstanding Senior Jessen Miller
Outstanding Graduate Student Shadeed Khan
Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Kim Swearingen
Living Our Values Award Evan Grosch
Outstanding Social/Entertainment Program Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Outstanding Academic/Educational Program Alpha Delta Pi
Outstanding Diversity Development Program Association of International Students
Outstanding Leadership/Membership Development Program Sigma Kappa
Most Improved Organization Sigma Tau Gamma
Outstanding New Organization Alpha Omicron Pi
Mark of Distinction Sigma Phi Epsilon
Distinguished Merit Award – 1 Bear Breaks
Distinguished Merit Award – 2 Residence Hall Association
Distinguished Merit Award – 3 Phi Gamma Delta
Distinguished Merit Award – 4 Student Activities Council
Distinguished Merit Award – 5 University Ambassadors
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Zoë 101: Show You Care

Care packages matter. They make a difference. They inspire. They motivate. They let you know that someone is thinking of you. Something as simple as some snacks and fun toys in a shoe-box could make a world of difference to your college student. Not sure what to send? Here are some tips for what goodies to fill your box with:

  • Snacks that can easily be carried in backpacks and come in small portions for study snacking. This would be like bags of chips, cookies, crackers and peanut butter, cheese its etc.
  • A variety of candy, have a good mix of chocolate, fruity and sour things
  • Gum and mints. These mint-y flavors are said to boost brain power and memory…they’re a good study treat.
  • Just for fun things, stuff your student wouldn’t buy themselves. These can be trinkets from the dollar store like coloring books, bouncy balls etc.
  • Stress-relieving items like slink’s, stress balls, Play-Doh etc.
  • Fun, but useful things like unique page stickers, fun highlighters, erasable pens etc.
  • Healthy things, because unfortunately sometime college students don’t take as good of care of themselves as they should. Add in some vitamins, flavor packets for water with vitamin C, a package of portable wipes/Kleenexes etc.

So basically, you can’t go wrong when sending a care package. It’s a proven fact that college students LOVE getting mail, especially a box of fun goodies. Care packages also don’t have to have a reason. Sure, there are times in the year that are common for care packages like midterms, finals, birthdays, holidays-but there is never a wrong time to send a care package!

Letting your student know you are thinking about them in any form is what is important. Mail is mail, no matter how small.

~Zoë

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