Tips for Parents Taking Freshmen to USF-Tampa

It's been quite awhile since graduating college, but there are things every freshman attending the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus needs to make a good transition to living away from home.

Here are a few things parents should consider when preparing to drop their kids off at college.

Gift Cards for Nearby Restaurants

While a meal plan for campus food in the various cafes, cafeterias and student union is a great thing to have, it's just not realistic for a student to only eat their meals on-campus. If they live in one of the nearby student apartments, they are still going to need a break from cooking simple meals or even meal prepping when they should be studying. Pick up gift cards for the nearby Panera Bread, Chipotle and even Chili's. Help you budding adult get a little variety in their food life. Grab the gift cards at any of those establishments or the nearby CVS.

Provide Wholesome Entertainment

While it may sound weird to say, your freshman needs entertainment, it still must be said. The good thing about providing it for them is you can help keep it wholesome. Invest in a box of Jenga or better yet, The Singing Machine. The Singing Machine can be picked up at the nearby Target or Walmart. It is the modern karaoke machine with videos and bluetooth capabilities. This is a great way to help your college student bond with others in their dorm as it rolls for on-the-go fun. Plus, on the rainy Tampa days your freshman gets cabin fever, it is a great way to entertain themselves and others. Music, dancing and fun on the campus instead of a local nightclub.

Supply the Technology

Truly in this day and age, to be a college student you need a laptop or tablet to do the work without relying on a computer lab or your roommate. Even if a portable device is not in the budget, send your student to school with a few thumb drives. It is super easy to need more space and share files for projects with other students when you have multiple thumb drives. Thankfully there is a Staples near the campus to grab a few. Your student will definitely utilize at least two if they are engaging themselves in the workload.

Of course, there are other basics, but before you leave your freshman at USF, consider these recommendations and the locations to grab them. Your student will thank you later.

Any other tips for parents dropping off a freshman at USF? Leave your tips below. They may be used in the future.

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores and a contributor to various media outlets.