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CONNECTION POINT: Connecting with Student Ministry Parents – Part 1

Betsy Garrett
Betsy Garrett Monday July 26, 2010
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For those of you who work with high school students, we know that it can be a challenge to find a way to connect with their parents. So we’re giving you an easy solution. This is the first of a three part series about stuff for college freshman. Feel free to send this on to the parents of your recent grads as a way to keep the communication open (or send this to the small group leaders of these students, and have them forward it on to the parents). And you’re welcome to take the credit for coming up with the list too….no worries about that.

Be on the look out for Part 2, STUFF TO BE AWARE OF.

So, for the first installment, here is a short list of necessities for the college-bound freshman with our personal suggestions about each one.



Community bathrooms mean lots of people use the same shower stalls. We probably don’t need to elaborate on why flip-flops come in handy in that situation. But they’re also great for running down the hall to your neighbor’s room or a late night outing to the sundry store for Diet Coke and a Butterfinger.


We’re not sure why this isn’t printed in BIG BOLD LETTERS on the information sheets for freshmen. It should be. And you should get a recorded voicemail message and lots of email reminders too. Most college dorm rooms are outfitted with extra-long twin mattresses so that they work for as many students as possible – especially those college athletes with big appetites. And don’t forget that extra-long twin sheets also means you’ll need an extra-long mattress pad and comforter.
** Since college students are notorious for doing their laundry on a frequent basis (wink, wink), it would be good for their personal hygiene if you provided them with multiple sets of sheets.


Speaking of mattresses, they’re generally not pillow top, extra thick, super duper, plush mattresses. An egg crate will easily disguise them and bring up the level of comfort by several notches.
** If you get to school and are creeped out by the look of the mattress in your room, a plastic, zip-up mattress cover will do wonders and should be available at your local Wal-Mart or Target.