21 Basic Items Every College Kid Wants To Find In A Care Package

21 Basic Items Every College Kid Wants To Find In A Care Package

In no specific order.

As we start heading back to school, you might start thinking about all the things that will be different once you're out of the house and basically on your own.

You don't get to see the people who have impacted your life every day anymore, and it may not hit you the first week, but after the second you'll find there are things you miss. There will also be those things that you forgot in all the excitement of moving.

This my friend, is where care packages come in.

1. Food

Alright folks, this is the main thing that any college student wants to find. Your favorite snack may not even exist within a five mile radius of your school, and if you didn't bring a car, there's no quick fix to the problem.

2. Fun gadgets

We aren't always studying as much as you'd like to think, but at least this way we have something to keep us entertained during those endless hours at the library.

3. Pencils

You either lose them or have had them taken by someone (because even in college people can't seem to remember the necessities).

4. More food

Let`s be honest, you get hungry at midnight, and sometimes an apple doesn't cut it. BRING ON THE EASY MAC.

5. Fun toys

A deck of cards can supply endless hours of fun with friends.

6. Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is so satisfying to pop when you're stuck trying to figure out a topic for your next research paper.

7. Band-Aids

Yes, you will end up injuring yourself, and it's better to be prepared than have to go bother your RA and explain what you did this time.

8. Nail supplies

Whether it's painting them or making sure they aren't turning into claws, it's always good to have a pair of clippers on hand.

9. Toiletries

Forgot to pick up toothpaste the last time you went to the store? Deodorant? Both are very bad things to happen. Luckily, both items are extremely easy to ship.

10. Pictures of the pets

You know you miss snuggling with your furry friends. Plus, the mini fridge was looking pretty bare.

11. Cute letters

It doesn't always have to be a big package. Sometimes just getting a letter and chocolate bar can make the biggest difference.

12. Backup charger

Parents, you know we forget things, and you always know we will eventually need it, even if we don't admit it.

13. Charger(s)

Because we did forget it last time we came to visit. Oops.

14. Candy

A sweet treat now and then to keep us going is appreciated!

15. Socks

You know what happens when doing laundry...

16. Mug

Coffee has almost become a part of your routine, and what better way to drink it than from your new favorite mug?

17. Water bottle

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

18. K-Cups

As coffee gets you through the late nights and early mornings, you'll want to make sure you don't run out at the wrong time.

19. Ibuprofen/Tylenol

There will be many headaches that come along with classes and assignments and don't forget the early morning workouts that leave you aching the next day.

20. Cold medicine/Vitamins

We don't realize we need it until it's too late, so we appreciate parents protecting us, even before the cold takes over.

21. Love

Receiving the package in the first place and seeing that your parents really do miss you (even if they won't admit it) makes you even more grateful for the people that raised you.

Knowing that someone is thinking of you just makes you happy. Having that positive factor in your life makes all the rest seem so much more manageable. So thank you, parents, grandparents, significant others, and anyone who took the time to get out the message that you love and miss us. As independent as we think we are, we still miss and love you too.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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To The High School Senior Wishing She Could Fast-Forward To Graduation, Careful What You Wish For

Don't wish this time away.


As the last stretch of my freshman year of college stands before me, I've been thinking a lot about where I was a year ago today. I've thought about how fast the time has gone, but also how much has happened in that year.

A year ago, I decided what college I was going to and was getting ready to graduate, and honestly counting down the days until graduation. Senior year was almost over, and I couldn't wait to walk across that stage, get my diploma, and FINALLY get to start my real life. However, now that it's a year later I honestly barely remember all those little moments and it feels like literally a world ago when I was in my high school and making my Senior Board full of pictures of my childhood. And part of me wishes that I hadn't wished all that time away.

So, to my high school seniors out there — I encourage you to cherish all the memories you are making. I encourage you to spend time with your parents and savor the meals you have with them and enjoy the conversations where your mom asks all the mom questions about your day, and your dad tells a story from his childhood that you've heard a million times before. I encourage you to appreciate the friends you have, and whether or not you plan to stay friends with them after graduation, be grateful for the time with them in this season and the role that they played in your life.

I ask you to look around your high school, stop and stare at the walls that you've probably been praying to get out of for a few months now and appreciate the memories and times you've had in those buildings. Whether or not high school was a great time for you or a bad time, it was a time of growth and the place where you matured and made mistakes and succeeded.

Seniors, enjoy these last few months because before you know it you'll blink and it will be a year later and you'll be miss those days that you complained about, those teachers you rolled your eyes at, and those friends that you shared that time with.

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