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Back-to-school time is stressful, whether you’re a bright-eyed incoming freshman or a veteran student with a bad case of senioritis. Look, we’ve been there — and so have the folks at Amazon. They’re currently offering 50 percent off Amazon Prime when you sign up with your .edu email address. In addition to that steep discount, they’re offering some exclusive deals designed specifically for college students. Free two-day shipping is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some problems we faced in college, from the dire to the trivial, and how Prime Student is trying to make those problems go away.
Carrying heavy textbooks
Textbooks are awful. They’re expensive and heavy and between your laptop, your Switch (if you’re lucky) and a sweater for cold lecture halls, your backpack is full enough as it is. Amazon is currently running a limited time deal that gives Prime Student members up to $50 off a Kindle and up to $25 off their Fire tablet. Loading all of those books onto an e-reader or tablet is much better for your back, and it’ll give you more room in your backpack to sneak food out of the dining hall.
Getting sick (without your mom to take care of you)
Being away from home for the first time comes with a lot of fun perks that I’m sure I don’t have to list here. One that’s not so fun, though, is when you get sick. With no parents around to make you soup and pick up ice cream, and attendance requirements making you go to class even when you feel like death, being sick at college is awful. To prevent this from happening in the first place, Amazon is offering free vitamins with a $25 purchase. I prefer the immune-boosting Vitamin D2 myself, but you do you.
Being kicked off your parents’ streaming accounts
Of course, if you do end up catching a bug, it’s a great excuse to lie in bed with your computer binging your favorite series. One big problem with being away from home, though, is that you can get that annoying notification that too many people are watching Netflix. Get access to your own personal streaming library with Amazon Prime and binge your little heart out, no matter how many of your siblings are catching up on BoJack Horseman. Lots of great shows are available to stream with a Prime membership, including some Amazon originals. The Man in the High Castle and Transparent are both great, and the spooky anthology series Lore will be coming out just in time for Halloween.
School spirit is expensive
Especially if you’re at a Division 1 school, sporting events are an essential part of campus culture. Dressing up in team apparel, painting your face, and screaming at the top of your lungs is cathartic and an excellent bonding experience. It’s also super expensive. Official school gear can cost more than a ticket to the game itself. Amazon has teamed up with the NCAA to give you at least 25 percent off official apparel, so you can afford to show up to the game in style. Pro-tip: a bulky sweatshirt is a great way to sneak in snacks, because nobody has time to stand in line for 15 minutes just to get an $8 hot dog.
Running out of stuff between care packages
No judgments if you rely on your mom to send you staples like laundry detergent and shampoo. We’ve all been there. Those packages never seem to come soon enough, though. You may have seen the Amazon Dash — it’s a little button that looks like a garage door opener with a brand logo on it. They’re available for everything from laundry detergent and tampons to Goldfish and Red Bull. You just press the button whenever you run out and it’s automatically ordered for you. (Hint: if you’re a parent who’s wary about giving your kid free access to your credit card but want to make sure they have what they need, you can get a few of these to stick up in their dorm room to restrict what they can buy.) Amazon Prime Student has two-for-one dash buttons, plus the cost of the buttons is automatically deducted from your next order, so they’re literally free.