Now that graduation’s out of the way, Big Brother and I are heading over to LaSalle on Monday for orientation. Yes–this early. That’s good, I guess; it will help me to get his shopping list together.

It’s been a long time since I went to college–almost 30 years–yikes. And students’ needs have changed in those 30 years. So if you have any kids in college or have recently been there yourself, what are some things he’ll need–or need to ask about?

So far on my list to find out:
–what stores are in the shopping center across the street from campus? I know there’s a branch of the bank that we use at home, so that makes cash-flow stuff easy. I think there’s a drugstore, some sort of supermarket, and a few others.
–twin sheets, or twin XL?
–does his cell phone work in the college buildings? (Does anyone’s? Do we need to switch providers?)
–what furniture is provided in each dorm room?
–does he need his own tp, cleaning supplies, etc?
–does he need his own printer for his laptop? Or are there school printers around for student use? If so, how does that work?
–what cooking items are allowed in the dorms? What ones are available for common use?

And I’ve got Barbara‘s pack-for-college list to work from, so that’s a big help.

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