Send them off to college with a photo book

I remember driving down to L.A. in my little Honda CVCC, excited but apprehensive about my Freshman year in college. Would I do well in my classes? Would I make good friends? What would dorm life be like? Did I have the right clothes? Would I fit in? And although I tried to push them aside – I mean, come on! An 18 year old doesn’t get HOME sick, right? – my thoughts kept returning to mom, dad, even my pesky little sister. What would life be like without them? What were they doing right now? Were they thinking of me? Did they miss me? Sniff…sniff…sniff…

I didn’t know it then, but what I really needed was a taste of home. Something to cheer me up and cheer me on as I tackled this important milestone. Where was Shutterfly when I needed them?

If you have someone special in your life, who is embarking on a college adventure, don’t let them drive down that highway alone. Create a photo book to remind them of home – and tell them you’re thinking of them, you’re supporting them, and that home is just a picture away. After all, you don’t want them to cry and drive at the same time. It looks so UNCOOL!

If you need inspiration to get you started on your “off to college” photo book, check out these  examples from Shutterfly Gallery.

Melanie goes to college!
Alex’s Senior year


  1. says

    Thanks Rachel! I just made my son (aka crazybabydaisy’s BOY) an off to college book – He has one based on family times that I made at Christmas. But I received a free book from Shutterfly (LOVE them!). “Boy” is going to a college far away (GA to MT!), and is sorely going to miss his dogs (one of them being crazybabydaisy!) so I made a book on just the dogs and animanls in his life. The best thing is that all he ever needs to do is log on to Shutterfly whenever he wants or needs to reminsce of home!

  2. Joey says

    This is such a great article. I wish Shutterfly exsisted back when i was in college too, but sure glad it does now so I can get my nieces and nephews their books – I have 4 years til the first one hits College.
    I remember when i was in college, I had a big bulletin board filled with photos. I had some in frames so I would always feel a connection to home.
    Really a great article and ones kids going off to college will really appreciate.

  3. BarbaraJ says

    This is a great idea, Rachel. I love this and it can apply to moving off to other states. I made one for my son when he went off to college in the form of a scrapbook. Then I also ordered photos in a collage for his room. I picked out cool photos as he would say, mostly of him and his friends. I think this is important and glad you wrote the article.

  4. says

    We do baby books and the baby can understand why until they are grown. Here is a book of someone special that will understand how important they are to you the moment you put that book in their hand. Great idea…

    Ann Abbott
    Shutterfly Guru

  5. says

    Great idea!! I’ve seen these kinda of books in the Gallery and they are all wonderful. I know that all the years I spent in Nebraska I would have loved a photobook to remind of the days at home :) Great article.

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