Move in day is a day that puts you into a roller coaster of emotions, but mostly it’s a combination of nervous-excitement. The best way to describe it is organized chaos. Depending on the campus, ResLife manages the flow of students. By separating students move in times into unique blocks of time(usually one hour blocks), this gives them the time needed to check in and move their stuff into their room. Doing this helps organize the day so that there’s not one giant swell of people trying to move in all at once (can you even imagine, though?).
Our recommended approach is to bring people that will help you with your move (usually Mom & Dad). This way, you can divide and conquer instead of having to stress about multitasking on a time crunch. Have one parent find parking and begin to unload, while the other one comes with you during check in. Before lugging a load of stuff with you, first find your room, so it’s easier to locate again without having to carry all of your belongings with you.
Once you’ve found your new room, the next step is to head back outside and begin bringing your stuff inside. Don’t worry about trying to set up your room just yet. The dorm will be very busy with both students and staff, so staying primarily focused on getting your stuff unloaded will help you avoid running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Once the dust has settled, you’ll have plenty of time to meet your new dorm mates, roommate(s), and to decorate your room. Now, it’s time to start setting up your home away from home. The first few nights are going to be high with excitement, so ride that wave and enjoy it while you can, because it’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience.