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Your freshman needs to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy and keep their mind focused on their studies. But bottled water can be a significant expense, especially over the course of a year. And buying and disposing of plastic bottles is bad for the environment.
The Hydros bottle is a BPA-free 16oz water bottle with an integrated fast flow filter. Simply fill it with tap water and go.
In addition to water, a college student runs on caffeine.
As with soft drinks, buying coffee at the cafeteria or the on-campus coffee shop every day can get to be an expensive habit, and it's not always convenient when you have to get up first thing in the morning and rush to class, or when pulling late-night studying sessions in the dorm room.
The Black and Decker DCM18S Brew & Go is a personalized coffee brewer that takes up a very small amount of space in a dorm room and can be easily stowed.
It features a permanent coffee filter so there's no need to buy any supplies other than ground coffee and shelf-stable creamer, which you can ship to your freshman in care packages. It also comes with a 16oz thermal coffee mug for grabbing on the go.
Your freshman needs to take notes in class, but at the rate they have to pay attention, and depending on how awake they are, they might miss some key points from the instructor.
The SONY ICD-SX712 is a fully digital, 2GB memory voice recorder with sensitive stereo microphones and can record lectures at 320Kbps in native MP3 format for transfer to iPods and other music players, so your collegiate will miss absolutely nothing.
The product can also be purchased with the optional Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-to-print software which will automatically transrcibe the spoken lectures to printed notes.