We’ve written a previous post about using the old fashioned technology of snail mail to reach out and let your student know that you are thinking of him. We hope that you’re staying in touch often. Sometimes, however, we like to make a bigger gesture. Students always love receiving care packages from home. The thought counts, but receiving presents – even small tokens – really brightens a student’s day!
Care packages are appropriate at any time of the semester. In fact, a package that is unexpected is often a double bonus. However, care packages may be especially appreciated at particular times. Sometime during those first couple of weeks for new students is a time when a package may be especially meaningful. This might also be a good time to include a small item or two that the student might have forgotten to pack in the first place. If there is a special event, such as a concert or award ceremony, in which your college student is participating, and you can’t be there, a care package may be appreciated. Other times when students especially appreciate a package can be those particularly stressful times of midterm and final exams. Something that might make your student smile, and think about home, will be meaningful. And if it contains food, it will be appreciated all the more!