Keep College Stress Levels Low with Subscription Care Packages
September 18, 2018
By: Jason Eisenberg Community Program Manager for Office Depot
It’s time for college and you’re realizing, all of a sudden after raising your child for 18 years, he or she is out on their own making everyday decisions without your input! But fear not worried parents. Even when you aren’t there, you can still make an impact with your college kids on a day-to-day basis. You can help maintain balance in your kid’s life as he/she starts to take on more responsibility in the real world. All it takes is a little thought, creativity and automated services to fill the gap.
Many students go to school, work part time and/or partake in social and extracurricular activities, which can fill up their schedule fast. Today, we discuss hacks and tips as well as how to implement them in order to make college life a little less stressful – you know, so they can get that ‘A’ and enjoy their college experience.
Make it easy for your kids to make the healthy decision. When I went to college, the biggest thing my mother kept reminding me to do is ‘drink water, eat right and exercise.’ These pillars of health are obviously important beyond college, but I remember the temptation of eating pizza or ramen and drinking soda almost every day. Why? Because no parents! Now imagine your kids in the same situation. They’re about to order delivery… and then they receive a palette of water bottles and a box of healthy snacks for late-night studies. At some point within that month, they and their roommates will most likely tear into that snack box and drink that water – and it was because of you. Even better, snack boxes, water and many other items can be delivered periodically if you sign up for a subscription, which is often set at a discounted price.
In general, we are stronger together than we are by ourselves and studying for a Final Exam is no exception to this rule. Granted, every member of your study group needs to put in the effort and if they do, you and your group will cover that textbook much faster than if you did it yourself. How do you entice people to join your study session? Free snacks and drinks can likely do the trick and might even win you over a new friend. Also, having all the supplies needed for your study session or project makes you seem more responsible than others, therefore potentially earning a more permanent spot in a sought-after study group.
I’m not promoting all-nighters, but realistically it’s bound to happen in a super fast-paced college environment. Having a Keurig brewer in your dorm can save a lot of time and money and with subscription packages of K-Cup pods for coffee and/or tea, your kid student doesn’t even have to think about restocking or pilfering from the college dining hall.
Stress Relief I Needed in College – Dorm Room Printer
An all-too-common stressful scenario with college students, including myself, is making sure you have your assignments ready to turn in on time. So many instances have I finished my paper or presentation and told myself I can print it in the computer lab on the way to class. What do most students find when following this strategy? A line at the computer lab – with 10 minutes left before class starts. With big printer discounts at Office Depot OfficeMax, your college student can really benefit from a having a printer in their dorm or apartment.
Need to save a little more time? You can also set ink, toner and paper subscriptions to be delivered to your student on a periodic basis so they can never worry about things like ink level again.
Keeping Tech in Check
College composition books have largely been replaced by laptops and tablets, which is great especially with cloud storage, longer lasting batteries and WiFi available seemingly everywhere. While the advantages are numerous, have you ever had to stop taking notes because your pen and pad malfunctioned? No. You just ask your neighbor for a pen!
But if your PC, smartphone or tablet malfunctions, doesn’t power on, or has a nasty looking crack down the screen, Office Depot offers services for all of it.On-demand Tech Services can give peace of mind to both the parents and the student as it offers 24/7 on-demand chat and phone assistance for up to three devices for only $15 per month with a 1-year contract commitment.
Walking around with a crack on your smartphone? Come into your local Office Depot or OfficeMax store and get your mobile device fixed. You can even get same-day service on most Apple iPhones. Computer running slow? Head to any Office Depot or OfficeMax store and get a free computer diagnostic before school begins. Make sure your machine is optimized for the year.
Stay in Touch with Loved Ones
In a world of email and text messages, sometimes it’s nice to get a physical letter or a care package from those who care about you. Office Depot and OfficeMax have what you need. You can find everything from packing supplies to FedEx services in our stores. You can get all the supplies they need and package it yourself or have a professional do it for you. Shop and ship to your student kid from the same place!
The world is slowly but surely moving towards automation. Why not start with automated subscriptions that you know your student will need on a monthly basis or even for your own business?
About the Author Jason Eisenberg is the Community Program Manager for Office Depot, specializing in small business and entrepreneurship. Based out of one of the most exciting cities for startups – Austin, TX – Jason is plugged into the business community, often connecting with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and strategists to help identify and find solutions to common pain points all business owners share.
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