What Will My Freshman Need In The Dorm: The 4-1-1 for Success!

What Will My Freshman Need In The Dorm: The 4-1-1 for Success!

What Will My Freshman Need In The Dorm?

Hey, it’s approaching soon–moving your kiddo into their freshman dorm… That bittersweet day when your baby-not-baby heads off to college. How can this be? Just yesterday he was crawling around in his diaper! Just yesterday she was playing with her baby doll and twirling around the house in her little tutu! Now you are wondering, “What will my freshman need in the dorm?”

You blinked, and now they are practically grown! Seriously, we have to think about moving them out of our houses and into a dorm room at college. It’s not so bad if you are organized to begin with. I am here to help!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

*This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

 What will I need to move into the dorm?

First, remember that space is limited, so making careful choices is important. Second, if you have a girl, then she will probably want to decorate and make her room super cute. If you have a boy, then for the most part, he could probably care less. My 2 boys are of the care less sort.

The items on this list are not decorative, but super useful for any college student. They are in no particular order of importance, but all will be necessary!

Some suggestions…

One thing that I suggest you that you do, is to purchase a couple of things a month over the spring and summer before so that it’s not one big expensive month right before! Another option would be to divide the list of needs with the other roommate.

When I was a senior, my mom gave me one or two things a month for the whole year before college, so that by the time I went away, I had everything that I needed:)

Please check out my comprehensive lists on Amazon. I created lists for Dorm Room Essentials and College School Supplies,  These are pages I created on Amazon’s website where you can actually go shop right from the list! Check them out!

Grab everything all at once and have it all delivered right to your door! You are welcome😀

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Have you thought about the legal implications for your teen turning 18?

HIPAA, FERPA, Selective Service… Check out my post which addresses all of those topics and what you should think about for your teen at their 18th birthday. There are so many things that I hadn’t even thought about, so, please inform yourself.

Items for move-in day

Before I start the list, you need to think about moving all the stuff in! Here are a couple of things that I would totally recommend having on hand. First, Ikea Frakta bags -these are the bomb, and order early because these go fast! A door stopper is great for all the in and outs.

The other item I would recommend having is a collapsible wagon. This can be stored under your student’s bed and then used for laundry, groceries or hauling things back out to their car for holidays etc.

Also, will you teen be driving a lot? They should have a safety container in their car for travel. This is a great place to put those legal forms that you work on above. If your teen will be on the road for long distance travel at all, I have some tips on an emergency kit for their car. Check it out here.

Pin for later!

What will my college freshman need in the dorm?

What will my freshman need in the dorm? 

Before you get anything, check with the college and the roommate so that you have the room dimensions, allowed items, and know what each roomie is going to bring. This will save you time and money. Remember to buy small. They can always replace when they run out of something. Horizontal space is limited, so be creative!

Before you spend the money on a microwave and/or refrigerator, check with the school because they may have a rental program with the exact model that they allow. Otherwise, think small, and stack the microwave on top of the fridge!

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Multi-plug outlet/chargerthis has outlets, USB ports, and a timer, and even has a surge protector. This is a MUST! Be sure to have a long phone cord for charging because you never know where the closest outlet will be!

Surge protector -many schools won’t allow extension cords, so grab one of these and, be sure to get one with lots of outlets.

Whiteboardkeep track of schedule, lists, write note to roommate etc. Here are some great accessories! Markers, graphic chart tape in various colors,  and whiteboard crayons for fun! 

Under the bed storage -this is great for out-of-season clothing, and other rarely used items. A suitcase will work for this as well. One good thing to have is an overnight bag or gym bag in case your student goes away for a weekend with friends.

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Keurig -This is great not just for coffee. Your student can heat up water for ramen, mac ‘n’ cheese, etc. A Brita pitcher is nice, too, depending on the taste and quality of the water. Be sure to get the smallest that you can for each since their space is so limited!

Area rugThis is for comfort, as well as style. It can be a basic monotone rug or multi-colored or patterned one. Stepping onto a rug is so much nicer than a plain, tiled floor, especially in the middle of the night! Don’t forget a rug gripper pad to keep it in place, and a small vacuum to keep it clean.

Mattress topper -Must have because the mattresses in dorm rooms are awful! Be sure that you find out the size of the mattress, sometimes they are twin XL, and sometimes not.

Mattress protector, 2 sets of sheets, and a cozy comforter are a must as well. My boys didn’t care what any of it looked like, but if you have a girl or a guy who cares, then you will get to have so much fun with this part!

Command hooks-many different sizes for hanging everything! Small, medium and large are all available. These can be used for a million reasons around a dorm room. And, these ceiling hooks are awesome for hanging flags or other lightweight items.

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Shower caddySo handy for the dorm shower, even if you have a suite setup, it keeps all your “stuff” together! Don’t forget to pick up a pair of shower shoes while you’re at it!

Prop-up bed wedge -I like the one in this picture because it has a removable cover, and it’s oversized. It’s a bit more expensive, but no telling what might spill on this in a dorm room! Grab a bedside shelf or organizer– so great in the limited space of a tiny room.

Desktop fan -A dorm room can be really stuffy!

Prime Student 6-month TrialThis is the best! Videos, books for college and your kindle app, and lots more. *(Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping (with no minimum order size) * Exclusive deals and promotions for college students!)

Laptop computerEvery school is different, so you need to have your student check to see which computer is recommended. My oldest son got this for graduation, and our middle son got this one. They each had different wants and needs, and they have both been happy with their choices.

Laundry basketDon’t forget to grab detergent, stain stick, and dryer sheets while you’re at it. Also, check out this tiny air purifier that just plugs into an outlet and is the size of your fist. (It does not require a filter, and would be great in a dorm room for freshness. It will eliminate odors, bacteria, and allergens.)

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

Printer -Most kids assume that since there is free printing in many places on campus, they won’t need a printer of their own. What they don’t think about is that many times that means a walk to the bookstore or the learning lab or wherever the school printer happens to be.

A few cleaning supplies would be handy as well. Antibacterial wipes, room deodorizer, small trash bags, multi-purpose cleaner, and paper towels are all a good call.

Dorm safe -This is almost a must. My son was on meds that his friends always wanted. It was so much easier on him to be able to lock it up and not worry about it. They can also lock up their money, gift cards and jewelry.

First aid/health kit -This will come in so handy, and it can be refilled and personalized with specific meds and extra band-aids etc.

Toolkit -My son took a toolkit that my husband put together for him. He told me that almost every day someone needed something out of his kit! He also had a box of extras like scissors, flashlight, batteries, zip ties, liquid nails, thumb tacks,

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

And, just for fun, these LED strip lights are so cool! My friend has them around the white boards in her classroom, and I thought they would be so much fun around the frame of the beds in a dorm room. They can be set to one color or set to change.

There you go. All of the most useful items already in a list for you! Be sure to check out my more comprehensive lists for Dorm Room Essentials and College School Supplies.

For all you moms out there!

Have you heard about the Flippy? My bestie in Denver got one of these from her daughters because it drove them crazy when she would build towers out of side tables etc to put her devices on to Zoom her daughter who lives overseas! She loves it! So get one for when you and your teen talk after they have left home! You can prop it up in any position for whatever makes you the most comfortable!

Make the most out of your last months as you answer the question, “What will my freshman need in college?”

Fall semester is quickly approaching. Enjoy your last month of summer! Get some hugs in if your kid will let you, and make family time happen! I am thinking of you because we have been there. I’ve gone through it twice now. so I know how quickly this all goes.

I hope that I was able to answer your question, “What will my freshman need in the dorm?” I am definitely sending my love to you all in this really bittersweet time! 

What will my freshman need in the dorm and how are they this old?

Other helpful ideas as you help your teen prepare for college

Another place with good gift ideas for teens, some of which would be good for dorm rooms, is this post. Check out my Pinterest board- Dorm Room Ideas with all sorts of ideas or College Hacks for even more ideas! And, here is a list of 5 things that you shouldn’t forget to bring to the dorm with you.

One thing that one of my boys loved was this digital picture frame. He wasn’t one to put up pictures, and he wasn’t far from us, but he said he would turn this on occasionally if he hadn’t seen us in awhile.

Good luck and have fun! Don’t forget about organizing and preparing the best backpack with all the essentials needed to be out of the dorm or apartment all day.

Do you have a younger teen in high school or middle school? Grab my high school parenting toolkit!

Are you wondering what essential tech items your teen will need for college? Here’s your answer!

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for more articles about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!

Pin for later!

What will my freshman need in the dorm?

How Do I Apply To College?-12 Steps to Success!

How Do I Apply To College?-12 Steps to Success!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

How do I apply for college? How to help your teen!

This post covers how to make this process easier for your teen, starting the summer before their senior year. There are many things to keep track of, so get organized! Check out this post which will help your and your teen stay organized throughout high school.So, when your teen asks, “How do I apply to college?” and you haven’t been doing all of these things, it’s not too late to start!

Schools are sending information to prospective students via email and snail mail. It is such fun for your teen to receive all of these! Now, it’s time to begin the process of applying to colleges. *This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

Pin for later!

How do I apply to college?|www.parentinghighschoolers.com

Throw away any unwanted information!

Have your teen throw away any packets from schools that they are not interested in. his will eliminate over half of what they receive. Your student needs to use both the trash can and their email trash. Tell them to stay on top of this because the stack will grow, and their inbox will get to be overwhelming!

This is one job that you can help with. I would go into my sons’ email inboxes (with their permission) and delete any that my they knew were too far away or too expensive or too whatever…

"How do I apply to college?, your teens asks. Trash anything he or she is not interested it

FYI-I have written a book with all of this information in it plus lots more! Check it out! College Bound: The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School 

And, here is a blog post that goes in conjunction with the book and the information in this post. Many of these discussions that I write about in my book address the very things that your teen will need to know when thinking about “How do I apply to college?”

When Do I Apply for College?

The actual process of college application is in the fall. That is when application due dates typically begin. Each college will be different. Most will accept your teen all the way until school starts the next fall based on the number of applicants. Just beware that financial aid is rewarded first come, first serve. The later that your child applies, the less chance of monies. They will also run the risk of the freshman class filling up, and being waitlisted.

Make a plan

There are a variety of college counseling sites that will help you!

Here are a few choices. This would have been so helpful for us with our older two boys. I will definitely be shopping these options with our third when it’s time for college applications!

College Meister has two programs for application completion help. One and Done, meaning you will complete applications in one week. Or, Eight is Enough, meaning that you will complete your applications in 8 weeks. They provide structure and help as you wade through this process.

Loren Kelly Coaching provides college and career coaching for teens and their parents. She has an amazing program. She also provides resume writing services as well.

College Prep Genius has many helpful products. Here is a College Roadmap for success. And, here Is an ebook about Insider Secrets to College Entrance Exams.

Prioritize By Due Dates

Some college application due dates will be immediate, others not for awhile. There may be an early decision date which is binding, others have early decision which is non-binding. Others will have rolling decision dates, which means that your child may have more time.

Have your child look on each college’s website. What is the tuition package? What sorts of scholarships are available? Is there a tiered fee structure? Where does your student fall in all of that?

This might help to eliminate more schools. Talk about a college budget, and learn the truths about student loan debt.

One more thing to look at as far as applications go, is whether or not the college charges an application fee. These can add up, so be sure that if you spend that money, it is really a place that they can see themselves going to for the next 4 years.

Fill out the FAFSA.

The FAFSA due date is October 1. Do not wait until the first to fill it out! It can take hours to get it filled in, double-checked and completed! Read about what the FAFSA and what it actually is here. (If you are able to link through the IRS, the time will be greatly shortened.)

Have your child register for the ACT and/or SAT again, if those scores are something which they are wanting to improve upon. They can still apply for colleges, and can just update the score for the college either yourselves or via the test center. They can even take these tests after being accepted, just be sure that they update the college with any improvement to their score! (It might make a difference to the financial aid package that they might receive.)

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Ways that ACT and SAT are scored

Some schools ask for the ACT composite score. This is the score of each subtest which is then divided by the number of subtests. The composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) ranges from 1 (low) to 36 (high), and is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up. 

Another ACT score that a school may ask for is the superscore. This is made up of the best sub-scores regardless of test date. Be sure to send in all test scores for consideration. This creates a new superscore using only the highest numbers. Not all schools will ask for either of these, but look out for these options.

Here is a great resource for SAT test prep from College Prep Genius.

"How do I apply for college?", your teen asks. Your teen will have more options with higher test scores.

Visit campus if possible!

One of the best ways to know if a school might be a good fit is to visit the campus. The best time to go is during the school year so that your teen can get a true feeling of what life is like during a school day. Here is a guide to planning the visit! Go anytime during their early high school years if possible. (During these days of COVID-there are online versions of college visits–just check out the college’s website.) Here is a great list of questions to ask whether you are in person for the visit, or contacting the campus after looking online!

A lot of people wait until junior year, which is fine, but by then most teens are super busy. If you can take them for a visit during their freshman or sophomore year, it gives them time to think about things. Your teen can start to make decisions and eliminate some of their choices earlier.

Visit a variety of colleges if possible!

Visit small and large schools. Visit state schools and private. Visit one that is a little further away than is comfortable to them. Visit the school that is in their hometown because it’s different to actually experience it, than to just think they know about it.

Try to visit one college from each of these categories to give your child a good variety to choose from. They won’t know until they try what might be a good fit! Plus, it’s fun to see all their different choices.

Write Essays  

Essays can be tweaked for each situation as needed. One essay that your teen needs to write is, “What are your plans for the future?” Most schools want to know this information in some form or another. It is a good way for your child to actually think about this, and get their thoughts in order.

Tell them when filling out applications and writing essays that they need to be honest and thoughtful. There will be questions that will cause them to really think, and there will be others that seem ridiculous. Most questions are asked for a certain reason, so your child should think and answer carefully.

Monica Matthews has a great guide for writing essays and preparing awesome scholarship packages. Check it out here!

How do I apply to college? More and more the applications will be online!

Get Letters of Recommendation

This is a step that should not be ignored. Go to teachers that have been supportive. Tell your child to really foster good relationships with their teachers throughout high school, so that when they ask a teacher for a recommendation, it’s not a big surprise! This is a big one for answering that question, “How do I apply to college?”

Update Your Resume

A resume is a great way to put all accomplishments together in one place. This can be emailed to colleges as your teen applies to college. My friend, Loren Kelly, has great tips for updating and maintaining resumes! Check her out here.

Search the College Website

Go back to each college’s website. Look carefully through each tab. Search through student life, take a virtual tour of the campus, look at the available clubs and activities.

Google the nearby town to find out information about the size and what is available to do outside of school since it is where they would be living. Again, visit colleges if it is at all possible! Some tips for visiting colleges are here.

140+ Resources for Parents of Teens

I hope that this answered your teen’s question, “How do I apply to college?”

Your child should do everything that that they can to inform themselves about each college as a possibility. This way, when it comes time to really decide where they will end up, they can make an informed decision with all the pertinent facts. This way, when they ask, “How do I apply for college?”, they now know some facts to start this process.

Books that will help in this process

Ultimate Scholarship Book

How To Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

How To Prepare a Standout College Application

Admission Matters

Related posts: Talk About a College Budget with Your Teen, The Truth About Student Loan Debt, Parents, Are You Asking How You Will Pay for College Next Fall?.

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for more articles about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!

 

Pin for later!

How do I apply to college?|www.parentinghighschoolers.com

Backpack Essentials for College:  What You Must Have

Backpack Essentials for College: What You Must Have

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 

 

Backpack essentials for high school or college

 

 

 

 

Packing an organized backpack for high school or college is essential to academic survival. It is much smarter to plan ahead for classes, emergencies, and daily occurrences than to just throw a bunch of stuff in your pack and go. Grab this list of backpack essentials before your teens head off for college!

 

Backpack Essentials for College|www.parentinghighschoolers.com

Pin for later!

One thing that all the students I asked had in common, was that they didn’t think about any of this before they were in high school or college, depending on the age of student I asked. Now that they have been in school, these are the things that they make sure that they always carry.

Each student and schedule will be different. Sometimes even from one semester to another, so think carefully, and readjust as the semester continues. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Backpack Essentials for College:  What You Must Have

Here is a list of college student backpack essentials

I gathered this list from six current college students. There were no differences for the high school students I asked. It just depended on their class load at the time.

  1.  Wireless earbudsThese will come in handy for walking across campus, working out, and listening to music while studying.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Chapstick– This is long-lasting and has both UVA and UVB protection. It comes in a tube, not a stick, so it won’t melt.

3. Water bottle– This bottle is great with many features. It folds up, has a wide mouth, leak proof, and is BPA free.

4. PlannerBasic or bullet, makes no difference! Just make sure you use one!

 


 5. Jacket or sweatshirt-This is always great if there’s a cold classroom or you are just cold in general. 6. Portable charger– You will need one for your phone for sure, but an extra charger for your laptop is a good idea as well. You never know what kind of day you will have! Here is a smaller option. 7. Small office supplies–  I asked a number of students what this would include for them. These are the things that they listed. Small stapler, post-its, graphing calculator, tape, pencils and pens.

 

8. A small pouch for personal items-Kleenex, hair ties, your favorite pain reliever, feminine products, and gum. 9. Last but not least, an umbrella!-Don’t get caught out in the rain with one. This particular one is windproof, which also comes in handy.


 

 

 

This is by no means a complete list of college backpack essentials!

 

 

 

 

 

However, when you are planning on your first semester at college or your last semester, the biggest takeaway I have gotten from the students that I spoke with is to be organized and be prepared for a long day. One thing I forgot from this list would be hand sanitizer, (these are cute and clip onto your key ring). Don’t forget it! Backpack Essentials for College:  What You Must Have

 

Be sure to check out my complete lists for dorm room essentials and college school supplies!

 

 

You might check out these related posts: 

What Tech Items Will My Teen Need in College

What Your Teen Will Need in a Dorm Room 

Your Parental Rights Change When Your Teen Turns 18.

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for more articles about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!

Pin for later!

Backpack Essentials for College|www.parentinghighschoolers.com

 

 

 

 

Is Your Teen Headed Back to College?  Strategies for Success

Is Your Teen Headed Back to College? Strategies for Success

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Is your teen headed back to college? Before they leave, sit down and talk with you teen about what their expectations are for the next semester. Do they have any worries? Do they need some different strategies to move forward? Honest conversations and a listening ear might go a long way towards easing their minds.

Going to college is stressful, even under the best of circumstances! Classes, roommates, scheduling time for activities and studying are all considerations. Encourage your teen to think through some strategies for success before they head back to school. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

(As our teens head back during this time of COVID, be sure that you have some of these conversations that you might not otherwise have to think about. Let them know of any plans that might need to be if their campuses are suddenly closed down–what should they do?)

Get more sleep

teen heading to college

Note the use of the word “working”. That means that the schedule is a work in progress. Tweaks and adjustments can be made at any time to make it more functional. If something isn’t working, then change it.

As your teen is headed back to college, they need to schedule in plenty of time for studying. If your student has a part-time job, then maybe it needs to be more part time. Keeping track of grades is a great indicator of any adjustments that need to be made.

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Study

Have a frank discussion with your teen about your expectations for grades versus the amount of partying that you might be seeing on your teen’s Instagram. If you are paying for their education, then it is all right for you to set the parameters.

Tidy Up

How many of you are addicted to Marie Kondo’s show, Tidying Up? I binge watched the whole first season! Tidiness is not my strength at all. But, I do know that when my space is clear and things have their own place, it is so much more relaxing and comfortable.

Encourage your teens to try to keep their space back in the dorm/apartment fairly clean. It will help with their concentration for studying and with their sleep as well!

I know my boys have enjoyed having their own rooms for the break-space and room to really spread out! Of course, their rooms are complete messes right now, so I will be happy for those rooms to be clean again.

Talk to the roommate

Your teen is headed back to college, so encourage them to have a discussion with their roommate about next semester now. Let your teen know that their roommate may have things that they want to say to them as well. It is a conversation that could relieve a lot of pressure on both sides.

Start the conversation with the roommate by asking if there is anything that they would like to be different for the rest of the year or for the upcoming year. Hopefully, that will open up a dialogue. Remind your teen to stay positive, and not accusatory. Try to find compromises for the main things that are bothersome to each roommate. They might even try to write a roommate agreement for this next semester.

Exercise regularly

One more thing for your your teen headed back to college to remember, is that exercise is one of the best stress relievers there is! This is a great thing for them to add to their working schedule, and make a real effort to fit it in at least 3 times a week. Going to the gym is a great place to meet up with friends or to make new friends.

They should try different classes, different workout times, and different workouts to see what works best for them. There is no perfect answer, but switching things up is good for their body and makes things more fun, too.

Exercise is important as your teen heads back to college!

Heading back to school should hopefully be better if your teen considers trying even a couple of these strategies. Let them know you are always at the other end of a phone call or text, and that you love them no matter what.

Also remember that these kids will dump their buckets on us, and move on, so don’t take their stress on yourself either. Keep the lines of communication open, and keep encouraging them to take baby steps toward relieving their stress. Every little bit helps!

Do you have any good ideas for student stress relief? Please share this post with a friend, if you think that it would help someone’s child away at college. Remember, you can always pin it for later as well.

Related posts: Backpack Essentials for High School and CollegeWhat Will Your Freshman Actually Need in Their Dorm Room? and 10 Tips For Making a College Care Package, Preparing an Emergency Road Trip Kit for Your Teen

A wonderful post written by a good friend of mine about going back to school. It has all sorts of links to many teen/college bloggers. Check it out here!

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for more articles about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!

Pin for later!

teen headed back to college

5 Essential Tech You Need For College

5 Essential Tech You Need For College

Essential tech you need for college

There are many items that your teen will need when they get to college, but a few of the most important items are the tech that will be necessary. This post breaks down the five essential tech items you need for college. Without these items, college is pretty impossible these days! As your freshman heads off to school, there are a few essential tech items they will need FOR SURE! I will break down what these are and why they are so necessary for college in the post below. My sons and their friends helped me come up with these most important five items! *This post may contain affiliate links. I also participate in other affiliate programs. My full disclosure policy is here.

Pin for later!

Essential tech items for college

What are the essential tech you need for college?

Power brick -Portable chargers are so handy! If your teen can remember to keep this thing charged, then they can keep it in their backpack to carry along with them in class for their laptop, phone or whatever. (See post about what to carry in a college backpack) Headphones -There are so many options for this. Wired, wireless, earbuds, sound silencer, the list is endless. Make sure that your teen has a set that will work for them. My sons both have wired and earbuds. They use them for different things. Some are really inexpensive and others are really pricey. With a lot of online classes now, the wired might be a good choice besides the earbuds. Here are a couple of choices below. If my sources had to pick, this was what they felt like was the most important “essential tech items you need for college…” A laptop, “… give(s) students the flexibility and freedom they need to work on academic assignments anytime, anywhere,’ this is according to the University of Toledo. Even with computer labs on campuses, the likelihood of a desktop computer being available when your student needs one, is iffy. I know that my boys both said that when they would walk past the computer labs at their different campuses, every computer was often occupied.

Check with the college before making this purchase.

Be sure to check with the college before you make a purchase. They may prefer that your teen purchase a particular brand, and always make sure that they take advantage of student deals! Price on laptops can vary by a large amount. The price can be determined by the amount of bells and whistles, the brand and many other variables, so some research will be involved! Here is an inexpensive choice. Here is a medium expensive choice. And, here is a more expensive choice. essential tech items you need for college External hard drive -This will give your student the peace of mind that they can back up any device and know that their information is stored. The model below is good for Mac, PC, PS4, and Xbox. Make sure that your student doesn’t leave home without this! Watch -This is another one of those things that your teen will have to decide what kind they want. It is always good to have some sort of device to tell time besides a phone. There are apple or other smart watches. There are paracord watches. There are dressy or professional watches. There are basic watches.

Why only 5 items of essential tech you need for college?

It was really hard to limit this list to five “essential tech you need for college”, but I like a list that doesn’t overwhelm, so I kept it to five. There are so many more items your teen will need for college, but remember that if they are living in a dorm, the choices that you all make will need to be smart and space-efficient! Be sure to check out my post about your teen turning 18, there are some really important things to know legally that you will want to go over with your teen! Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Other related posts:

What does your teen need in their college backpack, What will my freshman need in their dorm room,

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for a weekly dose of love from me about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!❤️

Pin for later!

Essential tech items for college
15 Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

15 Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I have collected what I consider to be the 15 best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors in this post! As our seniors approach the end of their time in high school, they have so many balls in the air. We are there to support, encourage, commiserate, and witness this joyful time in their lives. 

As well as all the good things happening, there are some seriously sad times too. The final day of class, the final game, the final club meeting… The list goes on. This is definitely a bittersweet time.

Prayer and verses to use

Prayer can help so much with all the “feels”. I know that I feel better with a few verses in my back pocket to refer to for my own encouragement from above.

Here are my favorite verses that are both uplifting and encouraging. These will help so much in these final days with your senior. They have so much ahead of them, but they will never leave our thoughts or our hearts.

Use these verses to encourage your teen as they move through their days to remind them that through the ups and downs of this senior year, God is there to support and cheer along with us!

Print off the list of verses or the cards that you can can download, or write them inside a card that you write to your favorite senior! These cards from Dayspring are wonderful

Great idea for these verses:)

Another idea is to take screenshots of the verses and upload them along with favorite pictures to a digital picture frame. That way their family and friends pop up in the frame as well as these verses to uplift and encourage! *This post may contain affiliate links. Mel is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. She also participates in other affiliate programs. Mel’s full disclosure policy is here.

Pin for later!

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 26:3-4 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 40:29   

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Isaiah 58:11 

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. 

Numbers 6:24-26 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 

Psalm 20:4 

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 27:12 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:14 

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 56:3 

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Matthew 5:16 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 12:2 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Corinthians 9:8 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 6:34 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I hope that this post of the best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors is helpful for you. This season is so much fun, but so sad as well. Hang in there, mama!

There are so many times that I have needed one of these verses. When I was down or frustrated or just needing a little lift of some sort. These verses all will answer a need that your teen might have. Print out these verses for your teen, cut them out, and put them in an envelope for them to open on a bad day. Let your teen know that you are thinking about them from afar -even if you are right across town!

Gift ideas for your senior!

Bracelet cuff engraved with quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  -this is so cute! Very simple and classic.

Bible for her -pretty engraved cover, and written for a college girl.

Bible for him -This is the one we got for each of our boys when they turned 16.

Your College K.I.T. – a subscription box with snacks, toiletries, and some fun seasonal items as well!

Freshman Fun Box – another subscription box specifically for freshman with assorted goodies each month.

If your teen goes through rush and pledges, here are some fun bling for you to get them!

Here is the prettiest cross/heart daughter of the king necklace.

For someone who likes a more basic design, here is a nail cross -pewter necklace, my boys love this design.

Related posts:

How to support your teen during finals,

Help, my teen is pulling away from me,

The Ultimate List of Graduation Gifts

I would love to stay in touch!

Make sure you subscribe to my Parenting High Schoolers newsletter below for a weekly dose of love from me about surviving and thriving with teenagers. Simply enter your information below and you will be all set! You can also like my Facebook page, and follow me on Pinterest and YouTube! I look forward to seeing you again!❤️

Pin for later!

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

 

Thrive Through High School

Join our mailing list to receive your high school survival kit. Stay organized with the necessary information required when applying for colleges, scholarships and future employment..

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest