The Boy graduated from high school this year. In the fall he’ll be a college student. I have never been more proud of him.  It seems Harold and I were just barely out of college when he came into our lives and we began raising him. So much has changed over the course of those 16 years.

When I started college I had never used email because the internet was brand new. I owned a radio with a 5 CD changer and two cassette decks. Yes, I said CASSETTE. Needless to say, I have to help my family support Trevone as a Generation Z college student.millennial college student main

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Electronic Thank You Cards

I always made Trevone send handwritten thank you notes when he was younger. Primarily it was a lesson in gratitude, but it doubled as a letter writing, spelling and life skills exercise. **Sidenote: Do your children know how to address an envelope?**

Like Millennials, GenZ-ers do everything digitally. And as frustrating as that can be, you can still accomplish your gratitude goal while utilizing their love of technology.

Evite has thank you cards you can send by email. You can personalize the card with your favorite picture or upgrade to premium and send a short thank you video. Upgrade and get 15 premium invites FREE with the code: EVITELOVE. Click here to get started.

Detergent Free Laundry Balls

How often did you run out of clean clothes in your first year of college? Did you set your laundry schedule by the number of clean underwear you had left? There is no worse feeling than preparing to wash a load of laundry only to discover you have no detergent.

With detergent free laundry balls like these from Beron, your college student can get through an entire year of laundry with no detergent at all. Don’t force them to make the decision between clean clothes or snacks to make it through those all-nighters; because we all know how that will end. Best of all – you save money! One set costs about the same as a large container of detergent. millennial college student 2

Wool Dryer Balls

If you run out of detergent, you’ll run out of dryer sheets too, right? These reusable wool dryer balls shorten the drying cycle and will save your student time. And once again you save money.

Unlike the GenX college student, the GenZ college student is more eco-friendly and earth conscious. There is no trash produced when you use these all natural laundry aides.

Amazon Dash Button

If your GenZ college student is a bit more traditional, you can invest in the Amazon Dash Button for laundry detergent, dryer sheets and so much more. You have to have an Amazon Prime Membership to participate in the dash button program, but it’s worth not getting stuck with tons of laundry during holiday visits, right?

Online Image Gallery

Because most of our family is spread out across the country, I created a website for people to see photos and send well wishes to Trevone on his graduation. There are many online cloud-based photo storage apps to keep your millennial’s device from filling up with all the selfies she will take or the snaps he will send. PhotoBucket, Prime Photos, Google Photos and just to name a few.

What are you doing to prepare to send your students off to college?
Are you giving them items that didn’t exist when you were a college student?
How was life different for you then than it is for him/her now?
Share your experience with us in the comments below.