5. A simple yet solid vacuum cleaner.
I know, vacuums are SO BORING, but if you happen to live in a place with a floor, having one feels like a visit from the Cleaning Fairy. And there are models, like this one, that are cordless, not very heavy, and can easily be tucked away in a corner.
8. Actual physical photos.
Even though the whole entire internet exists solely for the purpose of funneling you images of you and your friends and the food you shove down your collective throats, having IRL reminders of those things can be incredibly comforting. (Plus, whether you’re moving to a new place or heading back home, chances are your walls will feel somewhat bare.) Printstagram will professionally print out Instagrams, and create special gifts out of them like this calendar.
13. An Amtrak gift certificate.
Sometimes you just have to get up and go. With a service like GiftRocket, which allows you to send e-gift certificates along with suggestions for how to spend them, it’s also possible to send money for bus, air, car and boat travel. (And anything else under the sun.)
19. A lei made of money.
Maybe it won’t feel terribly adult to sport a wreath of billz around your neck, but you’ll definitely feel like a grown-up when you’re spending the cash later. Money in non-lei form is, of course, always very much appreciated.
Get the DIY version here.
26. The knowledge that everything is going to turn out okay.
Hey so, real talk: leaving school can be wicked hard. It’s hard not to have your friends within shouting distance, and it’s hard to get up and go to work and schedule appointments without that weirdly flexible but comforting structure of college in place. Of course everyone’s experience is different; plenty of students can’t wait to get out and enter the fulltime workforce or travel or do whatever it is people do with their lives (and it’s totally possible to feel that way while also being batshit terrified to graduate).
But the thing is, you can’t really get it wrong. Struggle isn’t the same thing as failure, and not having everything (or anything) figured out isn’t a mandate on who you are as a person. After some or a lot of slogging, you’ll get something to do. You will have a place to live and stuff to fill it with, and you will find the people who make you feel like the best version of yourself. And even if you’re sad or scared to be graduating, the things that you love about college are largely the kinds of things you can take with you when you go. You can carve out your own spaces and take big chances even when you have dental bills to pay.
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