Preparing for College Move-In Day.As if getting into college wasn’t stressful enough, now you have to move into a new living situation in a foreign environment. It could be an area that you’re familiar with, but most likely it will be an area your’e unfamiliar with and only visited once. This exercise is all part of the college experience. It’s all about coping with diversity and beginning a new lifestyle and finding out where you fit. Here are a few things that may help you navigate your way through this new maze.
1. If you know someone that has attended the college in prior years, ask them for their move-in day experiences.
2. If possible, be early! Remember the old saying, the early bird catches the worm, be that early bird. Generally speaking, the first person in the room gets first choice on sleeping arrangements.
3. Most likely, you will be told your dorm and room prior to move day and sometimes even your roommates; if so, go directly to your dorm and move in but don’t unpack.
4. Move day will involve activities requiring students to wait in lines for some services, getting ID’s and other important information. We suggest making that a priority and then unpacking.
5. Some colleges allow students to come a day early and go to their dorms. We suggest that you contact the college and see if this is possible. It will make moving day a lot easier and less stressful.
6. Sharing a living space can be stressful, so get off to the right by using your interpersonal relationship skills.
7. Take the time to introduce yourself and your family to your roommates.
8. Be patient – expect confusion, no matter how well the college plans move day activities, there will be things that just go wrong.