The Ultimate Gift

By Madison Thieman, Video Editor, @MadisonThieman

This story was originally written for, and published in, the St. Bonaventure University First-Year Experience Parents Newsletter.

The joy brought from the holiday season varies between college students and their parents.

For parents, it creates frenzy. What do I need to buy? What does my baby need? Oh my goodness, it gets so cold in Olean, N.Y. Should I ask for a Christmas list?

However, most students respond with a simple, one-worded answer. Stop!

That’s because Christmas gifts aren’t only tangible items.

“To be honest, I’m just looking forward to not having any homework and being able to sleep in my own bed,” said Danielle Clark, a sophomore journalism and mass communicationat St. Bonaventure University.

While an increasing number of students are ready for a much need break, others are just trying to make it through finals. So, Christmas planning isn’t at the top of their priority list.

Christine Mooney, a sophomore elementary and special education major, said, “Besides clothes, I haven’t even thought about what I want for Christmas yet.”

But, for parents who enjoy buying Christmas gifts, a few things should be considered when buying presents for your college student including college environment, appetite and necessities.

With residence life comes limited space and Hickey food. So, gifts need to be accommodating. 

Items such as clothing, ski attire, snacks, movies and gift cards are popular. Why?

Bona students are active. Holiday Valley, a ski resort, is only 45 minutes away! Local attractions such as Carmike Cinema, Applebee’s and Old Navy are easily accessible. A subscription to Netflix would also bring smiles during the winter months.

Nevertheless, all college students really want the same thing over the holiday – to see their loved ones.

“As corny as it sounds, I want our entire family to be together on Christmas,” said Tony Lee, a graduate student in the Integrated Marketing Communications Program.


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