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Shopping For Back To College

MUNCY TOWNSHIP  — While many families are out shopping for back to school, there are many older students preparing to leave home for college. Newswatch 16 found some families getting ready for the start of the school year.

Shoppers at Target near Williamsport picked out pencils and backpacks for the upcoming school year.

Michele Wertman is from Danville. Her shopping cart is loaded with cleaning supplies and food.
She’s back to school shopping too, but, for a college student.

“My son. He’s going off to school next week and we need to get supplies,” said Michele Wertman.

Wertman brought a list with her to make sure she buys everything her son needs for college.

“Clothes baskets, tissues, shower caddy. Just going to get it. Don’t really have a choice,” said Wertman.

She said it’s starting to add up.

“One hundred (dollars) plus,” said Wertman.

College senior, Chelsea Blasi said she bought a lot for her first year at the University of Pittsburgh.

“You definitely need to be prepared,” said Blasi.

Blasi said parents can save money, by just getting the essentials first.

“You need all your notebooks highlighters everything,” said Blasi.

So, there are some things like these notebooks and paper that students may have to buy themselves. When it comes to the more expensive stuff, the Wertmans said they are trying to save money by first talking with roommates before buying them.

“If we get the sweeper, maybe somebody might bring like the brooms,” said Susan Wertman.

“You don’t want to bring two refrigerators or two microwaves,” said Joeseph Balduino, Director of Recruitment.

Joseph Balduino works with incoming freshmen at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. He said students and parents can save time and money by asking the school exactly what students need.

“It’s important for the students to speak with Residents Life and the campus book store or the college store to find out what’s available to them,” said Balduino.

What “don’t” college students need to start the school year? Balduino says they should try to leave video games and things that will distract them from school work at home.

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  • Sam

    “It’s important for the students to speak with Residents Life and the campus book store or the college store to find out what’s available to them,” said Balduino.

    What “don’t” college students need to start the school year? Balduino says they should try to leave video games and things that will distract them from school work at home.”

    Sorry, but I have to disagree with Balduino. While college bookstores are convenient for items that would otherwise need to be packed separately, that’s terrible advice to families who are shopping on a budget. If someone is upset that school supplies are already $100+, then they are in for a treat when they shop at a college bookstore where items are much, much higher. Why buy a notebook for $6 at a college bookstore when you can get one at Target for 99 cents?

    And video games, while they can be a distraction, are also very helpful for socialization or just to unwind. Some of my best memories in college were spent staying up late playing games with my neighbors. And I got nearly straight As and made the Dean’s List every semester. A student should not be doing school work 24/7 or else they will quickly tire of it and become frustrated. And if they don’t have the ability to unwind and relax in their own dorm room, they will go out and do it elsewhere, perhaps even dangerously. If it comes down to playing video games with neighbors or out clubbing/drinking, I’d much rather the students chill at their dorms. And coming from a technical college, it’s even more nonsensical, especially when Penn College offers a gaming major. So, they want to attract kids interested in designing and developing video games, but they recommend against bringing something that keeps them interested in that field.

    This is also somewhat ironic coming from Balduino since, when I went to Penn College ten years ago, they sold video game controllers/accessories (although no consoles or games) at the college bookstore. But I guess when you sell items for 200% higher than the average retail cost, your views quickly dissipate.

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