21 Back-To-School Gifts College Students Actually Want

21 Back-To-School Gifts College Students Actually Want

Even if they're not poor, they're kind of tight on cash.
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As back-to-school season approaches, you may have shopping for a particular college student on your mind. In case you want to get them a parting gift, whether for their freshman or senior year, here are a few ideas every college student would love to receive.

1. Fast food gift cards

Chipotle, Wendy's, you know, the college kid's natural diet.

2. Pens

We always have them, but we're also always losing them.

3. Scratch Off Tickets

I could think of a million cheesy things to add in a post it note with these.

4. Texts

A simple “hope your semester is starting off well" text warms a student's heart.

5. A printer cartridge

Expensive, but a blessing they will appreciate for the whole first half of the semester.

6. Grocery store gift cards

Someone has to buy groceries sometime to feed the whole apartment.

7. Inspiration

A quick text or quote from some college educated successful person would help.

8. Extra cardboard boxes

Even though they just moved home a month ago, somehow all the boxes from that move have disappeared.

9. A clothing store gift card

No guilt buying a new outfit if the only place you can spend the twenty dollars is Forever 21.

10. Duct tape

Anything can be fixed by duct tape.

11. A good old fashioned card

Getting mail is a whole new level of exciting for college students.

12. Target gift card

Everyone loves Target, right?

13. School bookstore bucks

They can get that super expensive school sweater for half off and it seems reasonable.

14. Regular bookstore gift cards

After dropping 200+ dollars on school books our pockets are feeling turned out for buying the book we really want.

15. Printed photos

Even if it's just one picture from your trip to the fair with them, it'll probably go on the cork board.

16. Pocket money

Just thirty bucks and the stipulation that the money be used for something fun.

17. Sit down restaurant gift cards

Olive Garden financial aid, here we come.

18. Office supplies of any kind

They're needed and appreciated. Even just a package of sticky notes.

19. Prayers

Even though we love school, we're going to miss our families and we're going to hate our homework.

20. School supplies

That extra spiral notebook you have stuffed in the dusty junk drawer? Rip out the one page you wrote on and it's one less notebook they have to buy.

21. Love and good vibes

Just send it out there, through a text or tweet or Facebook comment or phone call. It's always appreciated.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Harasta

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To My SCCA Family, Thank You

A thank you to the office that made my Rowan career amazing.
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When I was accepted into Rowan as a transfer student, I did not know what was in store for me. However, soon after my acceptance, I was asked to fill a position at the front desk for what was then the Office of Student Activities.

I took the position, because why not? The thought that crossed my mind was that it was a good way to make money throughout the school year. Little did I know that the office would offer me so much more than some spending money.

In August 2016, I walked into room 144 right on time for training. I soon learned that, in office terms, on time is late and late is unacceptable. I walked in as a shy and timid person, who knew only a handful of people, thanks to my sister. Almost as soon as I sat down, I began to quickly make friends. Some of those friendships have continued to grow to this day.

I was given countless amounts of opportunities I would not have gotten elsewhere. From the start, I wanted to be as involved on campus as I could possibly be. Every hour that I put into volunteering for the office events in the last two years are hours that I will never regret. I have enjoyed every single hour of volunteering.

I also had the pleasure of witnessing what some might call "the transition of the century": when OSA merged with the Student Center and became the SCCA. Our family grew and doubled in size. But with that, our friendships grew even stronger. The transition may have had some bumps, not very noticeable from my point of view, but being here in the summer and getting to witness the change firsthand was an honor.

I will forever recommend to anyone going away to school that the best way to spend your college career is to get involved. Because I was lucky enough to get involved in the office, I was fortunate enough to make some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime beyond the day I graduate.

I wish I could talk about every single person that I have become close with over the past few years, but then this article would turn into a book. Just know that each and every one of you hold a special place in my heart. But most of all, I was able to make some really amazing memories. In the last two years alone, I have made more amazing memories than I have in most of my lifetime.

So here's to you, SCCA. It's not really a goodbye, but more of a "see you later". Most of all, a thank you. Thank you for making my Rowan career the absolute best. Thank you for giving me a second home and a second family.

Thank you for giving me the many opportunities and abundance of knowledge that I will forever be grateful for. Lastly, thank you for giving me many friendships that will go way beyond the moment I walk across that stage in a few weeks.

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin McHugh

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