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In 1995, I spent a semester at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. I left Alaska, the state I was born and raised in for Hawaii. I traded frozen nose hairs and permafrost for sun and surf. The University of Hawaii had an excellent Linguistics program at the time and a tuition exchange with Alaska. I was able to attend the University of Hawaii at the resident rate; which happened to be cheaper than the university I was attending in Alaska. It was win-win…especially when you realize I dragged my brand new husband along with me! A six month honeymoon in Hawaii? Yes, please!
Somehow, impossibly, we are about to send a child, off to university. Not in another state, but across the state. Back in April, Judah, Chuck and I attended a scholarship dinner at CWU. Judah loved the campus and university. He applied and was accepted into their Honors College: “Central’s premier interdisciplinary program for academically talented students“. Yeah, I’m kind of proud.
Judah leaves for Central exactly four weeks from today. He will be working (he’s doing summer maintenance at the community college) up until the day he leaves. He just finished his summer quarter and completed all of his requirements for high school and a two-year Associate of Arts degree.
We have now sent four teens on five different Teen Missions trips. We almost have packing for that down to a science. Sending a son off to college? That’s a little different. Judah will be working his way through college and money will be tight, so I want to send him with as many necessities as possible. I had a ball at Walmart selecting as many needed items as I could think of.
I picked out this laundry basket and filled it with:
- towels, wash cloths and sheets (twin XL for college) and laundry soap
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, flossers, mouthwash, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, bar soap, shampoo, etc.
- Medicine: Ibuprofen and Tylenol, cold medicine
- SNACKS! A few protein snacks (natural peanut butter, nuts, beef jerky), fun snacks (candy, Nutella!, Slim Jims) and beverages (herbal tea and Dr. Pepper)
- Other: Judah has been a Boy Scout for years, so I did not include: flashlight, first aid kit, etc. Things he already owns and will take. You may wan to add those items to your list.
I have to admit I had a blast shopping for all of this. I love themed parties, themed dinners, themed gift baskets. That just might be my love language, in fact.
Have you sent any kids off to college? What would you put in a college survival kit?