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With the past few weeks being filled with high school graduations, students and parents alike are realizing that the inevitable fall semester is arriving faster than they expected. However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it appears that colleges and universities will be making changes to adjust to what we’ve begun to know as the “new normal”. As a rising senior in college, I’m preparing for what my senior fall semester is going to look like, and I’ve found five items that I think any and every college student could benefit from having on the new versions of their campuses

Customizable Mask

COVID-Related Things Your College Student Will Need This Fall

 

You can’t drive around your town or walk into any building without seeing at least one person wearing a mask. In fact, some states like Massachusetts have even made it illegal to walk around outside without having a mask on your face. For students, in-person classes may require you to wear a mask, so why not have one that also promotes school spirit? With Just Customized’s Reusable Customizable Mask, students can do just that. The polyester/spandex blend makes for a comfortable, breathable mask that’s made right here in the United States. It’s washable, reusable, and perfect for students who don’t want to wear a boring mask when sitting in their lecture halls. Buy here: https://amzn.to/2YtdMj5

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer for college

As we all learned at the beginning of the pandemic, hand sanitizer can be hard to come by which is unfortunate considering it’s been rather crucial during this time. When on a college campus, students can come into contact with a number of things, so with PURA D’OR Cruelty Free, Non-Toxic, American-made hand sanitizer, students can be prepared to rid their hands of any germs they stumble into during their daily-life. Plus, with a two-pack, students can keep one in their backpack at all times, and the other in their dorm room so they’re always ready to sanitize. Buy here: https://amzn.to/3hxkqxs

 

Multi-Surface Cleaning Spray

Multi-surface cleaning spray for college

When it comes to college surfaces, they can be quite dirty after being touched by so many students. One important item to have in your dorm room at all times, is multi-surface cleaning spray. Whether it’s for your bedroom, kitchen, common room or bathroom, to avoid contact with COVID-19, it’s necessary to be maintaining a clean space. With Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner Spray, students can ensure that their living space is clean and COVID-free constantly. This lavender scented Cruelty-Free spray is perfect for keeping those surfaces clean. Buy here: https://amzn.to/2MRdsF8

Food Containers

 

Food containers to take to college

Dining halls are a huge part of the college experience. They’re filled with pre-made food, they’re social and they’re often scattered throughout campus, making them easy and accessible. However, they’re also crowded, filled with students who need something to eat or a place to study. During this “new normal” students may choose to eat their food elsewhere, whether that be outside where it’s safer, or in their dorm room where they feel more comfortable. With Freshware Reusable Food Containers, students can still get their food from the dining hall but have the ability to bring it somewhere else to eat. These containers are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, and are reusable, stackable and leak-resistant. Students will get the food they want while avoiding large crowds. Buy here: https://amzn.to/37pXs6A

 

Shower Caddy

Shower caddy for college dorm

One thing that most college freshmen can look forward to is communal bathrooms. When using suchbathrooms, it’s important to utilize a shower caddy. During this “new normal”, students should be careful to protect their shower items from coming in contact with other people using the communal bathrooms. With Handy Laundry’s Dorm Shower Caddy, the items stay covered in the easiest way possible. Plus, the caddy can also fold flat for storage, making it perfect for packing. Made of porous and durable nylon mesh, this shower caddy can go straight into the shower. Buy here: https://amzn.to/2UEUyFT

 

 

While this “new normal” may seem overwhelming, it’s important to remember that companies are pushing products to make it easier for you. Regardless of where your student may be going off to school, their safety is most important, but that doesn’t mean that college can’t be fun and enjoyable. Stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy your fall semesters!

 

 

 

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post for several young ladies who were graduating high school. Now it’s my daughters turn, and it needs to be updated for so many reasons.

I can’t believe this day has come.  Everyone said it goes by in the blink of an eye but until you experience it for yourself it’s impossible to really understand.

I’ve thought about this day ever since you started your junior year.  Of course, I never could have imagined that our world would like this.  While my heart breaks for you and every student in the Class of 2020 no one will ever forget you.  In your future people will ask you what your graduation was like and how you felt.  Trust me that doesn’t happen with any other graduating class.

But more importantly you have learned some life lessons amidst COVID that will indeed serve you well on your journey ahead.

There are no guarantees in life. None of us could ever have imagined that our world we be turned so upside down.  We all assumed that you would be going to your prom, signing yearbooks, walking across the stage to receive your diploma and tossing your cap in the air.  Quite honestly there are so many moments like those that we simply take for granted will happen because, well, for years they did happen.  It’s nice to look forward to milestones but you and your classmates, along with all of us, realize now that there are no guarantees in life.

Roll with the punches. This is probably one of the most important lessons – resilience and the ability to course-correct.  As we know in our family with the death of your brother when he was a baby, life doesn’t always go as planned.  Natural disasters can destroy your home, jobs are lost, and illnesses happen.  You’ve learned earlier than most people that in order to be happy you sometimes need to create a Plan B…and C and sometimes even D.

Live in the present moment. When you went to school that final day in March you had no idea that would be your last day of high school. If you had, you probably would have hugged your friends, said goodbye to your favorite teachers and took one last look around the halls.  If you knew it was your last time on the mat as an All-Star cheerleader you probably would have hugged your teammates a little harder and took in the sounds of the applause a little longer.  It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about what’s going to happen next year or anticipating an event that you forget to take in the small present moments that might seem ordinary.  Always remember that the journey along the way to your goal is filled with amazing and special instances.

Speak your truth. As if a pandemic weren’t enough to deal with during your graduation then came an act of brutality that highlighted the racism that still exists in this country. It made you and many others realize that we can no longer sit by but need to act.  You and many of your friends are having important conversations about racism and are speaking your truth.  I hope and pray that your generation will be the one to finally end this injustice.

It’s not all about you. You’ve learned through this pandemic that it’s not always about you. While COVID might not impact you, it could have deadly consequences for the elderly and people with underlying conditions.  You didn’t think twice about wearing a mask and social distancing from your friends to help protect others.  This despite the fact that being with your friends for your last months together is so important to people your age.  In a world where many people are only concerned with how something impacts them, you have learned the importance of caring for others.

This has been a graduation like no other but I’m so incredibly proud of how you have embraced it.  Let the celebration begin!