Sunday, August 30, 2009

Heading Off to College? You Need the College Survival Guide

When Tieman Cutler, a California teen, headed off to college in Maine, she started sending tips to her friends back home who were going to be attending college after her. This inspired The Clorox Company to team up with college students and mothers across the country to develop a brand-new College Survival Guide! In fact, they’ve put together five region-specific editions: Midwest, Northeast, South, West Coast, and National. Everyone can check out the National guide, and then read the guide for the region where their college is located to get more specific information on college life in that area! Here’s a video with more information about the guides:

Each guide includes:

Advice from Those Who Know Best – A “heads up” on popular clothing and accessories to bring to school, as well as a list of activities and quirks that are to be expected in that region while at college
You’re Not in Kansas Anymore: College Living “Must Haves” – Listings of the “must have” items for college – everything from a laundry basket to a bathroom caddy
5-Minute Dorm Room Clean-Up – Quick clean-up tips, great not only for the morning after a late-night get together, but also when a crush decides to drop by for an impromptu study session
Seasonal Influenza and Novel H1N1 Virus Prevention Tips – Tips to help reduce the spread of germs and viruses, such as getting vaccinated and regularly disinfecting items shared with friends like computer keyboards, cell phones or video games
The Boring Stuff Mom Has to Say – Lifestyle tips directly from moms to help keep college kids at their best

I’m thrilled that I was one of the moms consulted for the “Boring Stuff” section! Well, I don’t think what we moms said was boring at all, but it is definitely helpful stuff for college freshmen to learn. For instance, we want kids to know: “Don’t walk home alone at night.” And, “Sleep is a must, so avoid all-nighters if you can.” These tips from our mom panel came not only from our own experiences as former college students, but also from sending our own kids off to college! But, let’s face it, our kids don’t want to hear advice directly from us, which is why the College Survival Guide is such a great idea.

So, how do you get it? It’s free! Parents, just go to to access this terrific resource for incoming freshmen. And how do you get your teen to check it out? Just send him or her to Facebook! At, do a search for “College Survival Guide 2009.” You and/or your teen can become a fan and pass the word to other kids and parents on Facebook. Post your own tips about surviving college, as well as your pictures! And keep checking back to see what others have posted.

I wish we’d had the College Survival Guide when my son started college last year because this year’s crop of freshmen will really benefit from the terrific tips in this guide. Thanks to Clorox and Mom Central – and especially all of the students and moms who provided feedback – for putting together such a valuable resource for college students and their parents!

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of The Clorox Company and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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