Black Friday Amazon Deals For Broke College Students

17 Black Friday Deals For the Broke College Student In Your Life

A gift of any kind is heartwarming when your broke.

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As a broke college student, the gesture of ANY kind of gift is always heartwarming. But I have to admit it's the unexpected gifts that make the holiday season even more exciting.

So here's a list of Amazon Black Friday deals to take advantage of if you're looking to surprise the broke college student in your life this holiday season.

A heavy fleece blanket

Sonoro Kate Fleece Blanket Soft Warm Fuzzy Plush Queen(90-Inch-by-90-Inch) Lightweight Cozy Bed Couch Blanket,Easy Care, Grey

Amazon

This is a no-brainer especially if the person you're giving to goes to school somewhere cold.

Queen size found on Amazon for $29.90 (plus a 5% off coupon).

Personal smoothie blender

Amazon

A personal smoother blender, with an attached bottle? This might be the coolest gadget to give this holiday season.

Found on Amazon for $36.99 (plus 5% off coupon).

Echo Dot 

An Echo Dot that can play music, connect to the internet, and call anyone hands-free? This would be a real treat this holiday.

Exclusive Black Friday deal found on Amazon for half off, just $24.99.

Bose headphones 

The gift of the noise canceling Bose QuietComfort is one that will truly make the college student in your life smile!

Found on Amazon for $299.99

Cornhole

Amazon

Essential to college parties, super expensive to buy if you're in college. Give the gift of Cornhole this holiday and you can guarantee you've hit a home run.

Found on Amazon for $95.99

A new Otterbox

Amazon

Know someone who drops their phone a lot? A brand new phone case is the gift to give!

Found on Amazon for $14.96

Cute fall fashion

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For the girl in your life, buy her a cute sweater and she'll forever be grateful.

Found on Amazon for $14.99.

Keurig Coffee Maker

We're all sleep deprived, and coffee is an absolute necessity. Just $121.88 on Amazon.

Stainless steel water bottle

MIRA stainless steel water bottle

Amazon

Honestly, we all need to cut down on our plastic consumption, here's a gift that can help us do just that!

22 oz bottle found on Amazon for $17.95

Food storage containers

Food Storage Containers with Lids - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers with Lids Food Prep Containers Deli Containers with Lids Freezer Containers with lids Disposable Containers

Amazon

This is one of the gifts that will be greatly appreciated by someone who likes to meal prep and eat at home!

Found on Amazon for $16.14

YEELAN waxing kit

Amazon

Hair waxing at home is the new trend of 2018, and this kit is perfect for the no-brainer in your life.

Found on Amazon for $25.99.

USB extension cord

USB Extension Cord - Surge Protector Power Strip, Type-C Charging Port (5V/3A) & 4 USB Ports (5V/2.4A), Portable Travel Charger Station for iPhone iPad Samsung & Tablets, USB C Not for Laptops

Amazon

This is a neat gift to give. It's thoughtful for someone who lives in a smaller space!

Found on Amazon for $19.99

Bath bombs

Anjou 12 Bath Bombs Set, lush Fizzy Spa Set Includes Natural Essential Oils for Bubble Bath, Birthday Mothers Day Gifts Idea For Her/Him

Amazon

Wrap them up individually or give as a set. These beautiful bath bombs will be greatly appreciated by anyone this season.

Found on Amazon for $13.99

For the guy in your life

Amazon

He probably doesn't have an ugly sweater and he probably needs one.

Found on Amazon for $19.54

A phone mount for the car

Amazon

Encourage a no-texting-and-driving policy with this dashboard gadget. Safe, effective, and something every college kid should have.

Found on Amazon for $6.99 (this one is really a no-brainer.)

Picture frames

Amazon

Have a lot of gifts to give this year? This set of 12 picture frames will get you pretty far, all you need is to print your favorite picture and you've got the perfect, personalized gift!

Pack of 12-4X6 picture frames found on Amazon for $25.99

Resistance bands

Amazon

Got a gym-head to shop for this holiday season? This is something they probably really want, and can be found for only $8.99 on Amazon. Sold.

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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