Have discovered this semester the importance of knowing your blood type and having a passport before you head to college. May have missed it on this forum but wanted to encourage others to do this before going off to school. DS never has never had his blood typed and needed this information for his CULP paperwork; guessing this isn't the only time he will need to know this. Fortunately his school offered free typing but it still meant finding time for an appointment and waiting for result to finish paperwork. Passport issues were even worse and more time consuming. We had discussed doing this in the summer but just never finished the paperwork even though had gathered the documents (which he did take to school). Because most passports appointments are only between 9-3 it's been very difficult to do this without missing class BUT the bigger issue is that in his location the appointments are scheduled out for months which means he needs to search for a location in order to meet the deadlines. This has created a massive amount of work for him as he calls local Post Offices to find anywhere close that has a time that isn't weeks or months out.Of course this means he will need to miss more than just one class but maybe an entire day of school and he will need a car and gas to get there. So he's extremely excited but a bit overwhelmed as he lines up his ducks (or maybe I should say pucks as he's a hockey player as well and his free hours in the day are already limited). So for those who don't know blood type or have never had a passport do it now.