Going away to college is a crash course in culture shock. Students have to process living with at least one stranger, among more strangers, in a strange city, with strange paths leading to class and to the dining hall and to the nearest pharmacy. Even if students don’t want to admit it, homesickness is just part of the deal — but if high school grads pack a few reminders of home, it may help them settle in and calm their nerves.
What’s the key to a gift that will make college feel like home? Think of the things the student likes to do with their family — be it their immediate family, extended family or chosen family — and help them hang on to those memories.