A dream come true and a nightmare all in one.
Yes, that’s right. I’m talking about college move in day! What begins as one of the most exciting days in a student’s life usually ends in sweating, frustration, stress and exhaustion.
Here’s some tips on how to make every step of the process a little less stressful and a little more memorable!
Before Move In Day
Find out what you can and cannot bring.
You definitely don’t want to show up with a toaster, blender, power strip and candles and the next day find that your RA confiscated all of them. Save yourself the time, money and trouble by finding out what you college doesn’t allow you to bring.
Most of the time, this can be found on their website, or in housing packet that was sent to you over the summer.
Get a schedule of events for the day.
You don’t want to be in the middle of carrying your mini fridge up the stairs and realize that you have a mandatory residence hall meeting in two minutes. Knowing the day’s schedule makes it easier for you to plan when you will arrive and how much time you have to move everything to your dorm room.
Label every single box.
Before you pack even one box, make sure that you have a system for packing and labelling the boxes. Whether it be simply using a sharpie to write on the boxes, or this genius number system, it will make your life a million times easier!
Designate a job for every person coming with you.
Before you even leave the house, make sure that every person coming with you knows their job. For example, maybe your brother and dad is in charge of carrying all of boxes from the car to your room and your mom and sister is in charge of helping you unpack and decorate.
Whatever the case may be, make sure that everyone is on board and knows their role in the process.
On Move In Day
Wear something comfy.
You probably want to look super cute and impress all of those senior boys, but there will be plenty of time for that in the next four years. This isn’t the time to where your hottest dress and heels. A cute top and some workout pants will make those numerous trips from your car to the dorm a lot more bearable.
Come prepared with bottled water and snacks.
Your tummy and your family’s tummies will thank you. I would suggest to bring an ice chest stocked with drinks and snacks so that your awesome helpers can have a refreshment throughout the day.
Bring a dolly, cart or anything with wheels.
I cannot stress this enough. When I first moved into my dorm room, it was a wonderful feeling happily pushing my cart full of boxes past all of the families lugging around their boxes in their arms.
Get there as early as possible.
My suggestion would be to get there as soon as check-in starts. This might make you seem like an overachiever, but the earlier you start, the cooler the temperatures will be, the less crowded it will be and the more time you will have! Trust me. It’s worth it.
Take lots of pictures.
This is a day that you will definitely want to remember. Don’t get so wrapped up in the stress and frustration of it all that you forget to make some memories.
Take a selfie in the car. Ask your roommate to take a picture of your family in front of your residence hall. Let your mom take a cheesy picture of you sitting on your bed. After all, your first college move in day only happens once!
Disinfect everything you can.
Your dorm room was probably cleaned at the end of last semester, but let’s be real. You don’t know who or what was in your dorm room before you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
A container of Lysol or disinfectant wipes will do the trick (and you can use those throughout the school year, as well!)
Accept the fact that you can’t do it all in one day.
You most likely won’t go to bed your very first night with every single picture hanging on the wall and every article of clothing folded nicely in your closet. Be okay with that.
Don’t stress about having everything perfect the first day. Go have some fun and meet new people…that’s what college is all about!