Best Gifts for College Bound High School Grads

Many high school seniors are graduating in the next few weeks and plan to head to a college campus this fall. If you have a grad in your life and are looking for great gift ideas, we’ve got some great suggestions for you!

College Bookstore Gift Card

The Princeton Bookstore

You cannot go wrong with this one. Not only can college students get their textbooks at their campus stores, they can also buy study supplies. College stores are also a great place to find things like snacks, gifts for friends, and of course, college gear. While your grad might prefer cash, gift cards for practical things will also come in handy. You can find your grad’s college bookstore on our handy list.

Voice Control Assistant

 

Between Google Home and the Amazon Echo, voice assistants are for more than just adding items to a grocery list. College students can use them to help them take notes, read material to them, and remind them of due dates for projects. Of course they also double as a blue tooth speaker and speaker phone.   While both the Echo and Google Home can be a bit pricey, the Amazon Echo Dot is dorm-room sized and under $50! Find on Amazon.

Vintage Bicycle

A bike makes an excellent gift for the college bound! While most high school graduates would probably prefer a car, it’s actually much easier to get around campus on a bicycle than it is a car. After all, bike racks are all around campus—talk about convenient!

Ramen Cooker

Ramen is a fact of life at college, and a perfect dorm room meal for those late nights of studying after the cafeteria closes. This simple microwave dish helps distribute the heat more evenly while ramen is cooked in a microwave, speeding up cooking time to help fuel those study sessions. Bonus: it might not say on the package, but it also works well for mac and cheese! Find on Amazon.

Tiny Toolbox

Want to be instantly beloved by everyone on your dorm floor? Be the person who has a hammer, pliers,  and a screwdriver. For everything from furniture assembly to fixing a broken zipper, tools come in handy. We love a particularly tiny one above; it’s small—on with everything you could need. Find on Uncommon Goods.

Fitness Tracker

The Fitbit tracker.

The best way to prevent that Freshman 15? Staying on top of fitness. Fitness trackers can help you remember to walk, work out, and even drink water. This is a gift that can help every college student push themselves to stay in shape. If you are willing to go the extra mile, Smart Watches can work both as fitness trackers and a digital assistant.

Food Delivery Gift Card

Most cities today offer excellent food delivery services and apps such as Grub Hub, Seamless, and Caviar. A gift card to best local delivery service for your college bound grad will be a godsend on those long nights of studying, and might even help them eat a bit healthier too!

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

If you’d like to enjoy your coffee without waking up your dorm mates, a cold brew coffee maker is perfect! Best of all, it won’t take up precious electric outlet space while still making you an excellent cup of coffee. You can heat it up in the microwave or enjoy it iced. The one pictured above is air tight and holds 32 ounces—so you can share it. Find on Amazon.

College Gear

Of course we think you can’t go wrong with college gear—especially when it’s made by League! We recommend products for a couple of seasons, so your  grad can show off their school spirit regardless of the temperature outside! Think tees, long-sleeved tees, and of course hoodies and leggings and… well, we could go on and on. Find your grad’s school to shop for League gear.

 

Good luck to the high school class of 2017!  See you on campus.

Advice To College Graduates From League

Congratulations, graduate! You’ve completed a long four year journey and should be proud. But once you put away that cap and gown, it’s time to move into your next phase of life. League team members have concrete advice for new college graduates we hope will guide you as you being your life after college.

Andrea and her family at her graduation.

Account Manager Andrea Pesce graduated from Kutztown University just a year ago in May 2016 with a degree in communications and a triple minor in Public Relations, Professional Writing, and Digital Communications & New Media. “My advice to recent grads is to BE PATIENT with their job search!” Andrea said. “I applied to over 100 jobs before being called by League and it was frustrating but so rewarding in the end. Know your worth and know that you will find where you are meant to be—it just might not be the day after graduation.”

Edd’s graduation selfie.

Ink Department Supervisor Edd Glassmire graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2014, and he reminds grads that it’s about more than just your degree that matters. “Although your diploma is a necessity, it’s not going to get you a job,” Edd said. “It’s just a piece of paper. It’s your dedication and ambition that will land you the job you want.”

Graphic Production Artist Meghan McCloskey graduated in 2015 from the University of South Carolina, and she suggests you take some time off. “Take advantage of your free time after graduation!” she said. “Travel, go on road trips, enjoy your open summer—the corporate world can wait. After that, look for a job with a fun work environment like League!”

Stephanie at her graduation.

Stephanie Price, our Graphic Services Design Lead, graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in 2013. “My advice to graduates is to be proud of all that you have accomplished thus far,” she said. “Cherish the experiences you had in school and continue your journey with patience, gratitude, and confidence.”

Licensing Assistant Emily Deni graduated from Temple University in 2015, and she offers some excellent advice. “No need to panic,” she said. “No one else knows what they’re doing either!”

Congratulations, new grads!

 

Suit Up: Dressing For Job Interview Success

The semester is over and graduation is here! While you’re celebrating your accomplishments, you’re also facing a new challenge: finding a great job. This means it’s time to up your interview game by polishing your resume and finding the perfect interview outfit.

Dressing for success is critical, even in today’s more casual workplaces, so your interview outfit needs to be on point. However, there are different standards for both industries and office dress codes. So we asked our own Lauren Conaway, League’s Human Resources Manager, for some suggestions.

Lauren at her desk here at League.

“I’ve had people show up to interviews looking as if they’ve just rolled out of bed,” Lauren said. “My Mom always said don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want. This saying still rings true for me to this day.”

So what does Lauren suggest? “League has a very relaxed dress code, but I still think it is extremely important to represent yourself in a professional manner especially during an interview,” she said.  “This is the first time a candidate is meeting Human Resources, the Hiring Manager, and other members of the League team.  The candidate should convey to everyone that they take this opportunity very seriously and that it is important to them. ”

Button down shirts are perfect.

This means dressing up for your interview. “If a candidate can’t muster up the energy to put their best foot forward on the first meeting, it does give an indication of the type of worker the candidate is going to be,” Lauren continued. “We look for dynamic individuals that can contribute on an individual as well as team level.  We look for candidates that have great attitudes, want to contribute to the League team, and will feel a sense of pride for the work that they are producing.”

Take the time to do a little extra studying so you can show up at your interview ready to have your skills stand out instead of your outfit.

There are many different office attire expectations, but smart casual, business casual, and business professional seem to be the most popular in many companies. So, how can you tell the difference and dress accordingly for your interview?

He’s interview ready.

“Smart” Casual

As Lauren mentioned earlier, League is a casual office. However, that doesn’t mean you should show up to an interview in a hoodie and old sneakers. We advise most of our interviewees to dress “smart casual,” a step just below business casual. Your best bet is a  pair of black slacks or khakis with a clean button down shirt. From there, add some flats or dress shoes and accessorize to your liking. If it’s chillier, layer a sweater over your button down for the ultimate preppy look!

Business Casual

Now it’s time to start thinking a little dressier. With a business casual dress code, make sure to grab your blazer! You can recycle the slacks and button down shirt, but add a tie or some heels to really enhance the look. If you’d prefer, a dress or skirt does the trick too! Of course, add some of your personal flair to this look with fun colors or patterns to give the interviewer a look into your own personality.

Business Professional

If required to dress business professional, you need to pull out the suits. This is the strictest of dress codes, and while some personal expression can be achieved, it’s best to stick solid colors, (usually dark navy or black), and clean styles.

Keep these tips in mind and you will be sure to succeed. Good luck with the job search!