12 Tips for a Successful Move-in Day

Moving_studentMove-in day is just around the corner for thousands of college students. Here are some tips for making move-in day a success:

  1. Know your residence’s policies well in advance of move-in day, and make sure your parents are well aware of them, too. Many well-meaning parents have tried to bring, install, or move things that aren’t allowed.
  2. Label your boxes with locations and descriptions of what’s inside. Eg. “Desk Items – note paper, pens, pencils, clock.”
  3. Bring tools, cleaning supplies (disinfecting wipes and Lysol will be your close friends!), duct tape and a lot of cold bottled water to keep you hydrated.
  4. Bring some sort of hand-dolly (something with wheels) to help move boxes.
  5. Pay close attention to drop-off/unloading spots for freshmen and keep a campus map handy.
  6. Pre-load all of the events you’ll be attending on your phone’s calendar, including event locations, but also keep a print copy close by.
  7. Encourage your parents to attend any parent orientation sessions.
  8. Don’t spend too much time, or stress, trying to organize your room right away.
  9. Touch base with your school’s IT department to get yourself, your laptop and any mobile devices registered on the school’s network.
  10. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a break. Remember, you’ve accomplished a lot to get into college; a “less than perfect” move-in day can’t take that away from you.
  11. When it’s time to say goodbye to your parents, it’s ok to be sad.
  12. As busy and full as move-in day can be, take the time to enjoy it!

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