Stamford, Conn. (PRWEB) August 12, 2005
Each fall approximately 1.5 million high school graduates head to college to face many new challenges and opportunities -- both in and out of the classroom.
What challenges do college-bound students face?
At the top of the list will most likely be the budgeting of time, space, and money. Members of AP9 GalleriaUSA, a leading discount membership program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, can help freshman by providing significant discounts on items they need the most while still helping them live within their means.
Besides tuition and books, students need to stock up on everyday items that will get them through the school year and help them fit into their new surroundings. From backpacks and storage boxes to bedding and day planners, members of AP9 GalleriaUSA can log on to DealPass to access their spectacular members-only savings from the most popular stores across the country on a wide variety of college and dorm-life needs.
In addition to significant savings on back-to-schools necessities, AP9 GalleriaUSA offers these helpful tips on how to help incoming freshman start out the year on the right foot:
-- Pack it up and pack it in. Posters, teddy bears, picture frames Â all those knick-knacks have to fit into suitcases alongside the indispensable clothes and books. The challenge is deciding what to leave behind, how to pack and where to store the suitcases once everything is unpacked. Do an inventory of items that are used daily to determine what to take and how much of each item (at least two weeks' worth of socks and underwear is a good idea). Buy a couple of functional duffel bags -- they can hold a lot of stuff, and they're easy to carry and store -- and get a good backpack. There are plenty of practical, comfortable -- and affordable -- backpacks. Let the student pick the color and style, since backpacks can act as a sort of ÂtrademarkÂ that's easily recognized around campus.
-- It's all about style: With tight budgets and little time for anything but study, some students cut corners with their personal appearance. Before departing for college, getting a haircut or new hairstyle that will last for up to two months is a smart start to the school year. Try to find discounts at salons near school, or encourage family and friends to offer hair salon gift cards as presents during the holidays.
-- Modern conveniences of home: Just because you're moving into a small space doesn't mean you have to give up all the things that make life a little easier. Microwaves, telephones, refrigerators, televisions, and stereos are some items that you may not be able to live without Â some will even keep you in touch with the outside world. But before going electronics and appliance happy, be sure to check with your roommate to see what he/she can contribute.
-- Health matters: Lack of sleep, extreme weather, stress and other factors can take a toll on students -- especially on freshmen adapting to their new lifestyle. Ask them about their health, let them share their feelings, and, just in case, help them stock their medicine cabinet. Headache and cold medicine, vitamins and personal care items can add up, but they're necessary year-round.
In addition to offering great discounts on back to school necessities, AP9 GalleriaUSA also offers an up to 20 percent to 60 percent discount on prescription eyewear and accessories and significant discounts on music, DVD's, books, video games, clothing, and many other everyday items.
About AP9 GalleriaUSA
AP9 GalleriaUSA is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 GalleriaUSA.