Send them off to college with a photo book

by Rachel B Posted on July 18, 2010

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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


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  1. crazybabydaisy 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. tebaxter Says:

    My only concern is if he will ever find it under his piles of clothes!!?? :) Terrific idea.

  4. 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.

  5. AnnAbbott 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

  6. ElleSnaps 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.

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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