What to Expect During Move In Day

Move in day is coming! Here’s what to expect on this monumental day. 

Resident Assistants, Community Directors, parents and students alike will all be running around in a fashion that can only be described as organized chaos. Each school has a different system, so we highly recommend students to please refer to their schools specific instructions. However, you should receive basic instructions from ResLife with details about things like when to arrive and where to park, check in, and begin unloading and moving your belongings into your dorm room. 

The general rule of thumb is that the first thing on your agenda should be to check in. Upon check in, you will  obtain your key and will most likely get escorted to your room to prevent you from getting lost. Presumably, you will be in slight awe of your new home away from home for the next several months. Your roommate may already be there when you check in, or perhaps they will be arriving soon after you. Whether they happen to be  there or not,,the next step on your itinerary is for you to try and get your stuff moved in as quickly as possible. 

Picking a side of the room will depend on your communication efforts with your roommate. If you have arrived early and want to be extra polite, you can choose to wait for your roommate before deciding on sides or you can expedite things by giving them a quick call or FaceTime to see if they happen to have a preference. My freshman and sophomore year, I waited for my roommate to decide since looking at photos and being inside the room were two completely different experiences for me. 

Once you’re settled in, most students will go out to have lunch or dinner with their family before the final send off takes place. Because everything is so new, it may all feel  a bit overwhelming. If you feel this way, just remember the important fact that you’ll be in good hands with ResLife. Also, try not to be too shy – or at the very least, don’t let your fear of the unknown prevent you from  meeting your hallmates and everyone else living in the dorm. After all, you’re all in this together now – so what have you got to lose?

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