Two years ago my oldest graduated college, but I can still picture her walking back to her dorm after we said our goodbyes on move-in day. I cried on-and-off during the long ride home, and the first night we sat down to dinner without her. Parents prepare for this moment for 18 years, but when the big day arrives, we still find it hard to let go. This is the second of two posts on surviving the run-up to freshman year without making yourself crazy, including the surprising things I learned along the way. Part one is the essential summer to-do list and part two focuses on what to expect at move-in day and beyond. Moving In. Unlike the free-for-all most of us experienced, move-in day is now a well-organized affair with assigned arrival times. Remember, dorm life is about learning to share space and get along with someone new.
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#1. Double-check your dorm details before and during check-in.
These are all the tips you absolutely need to follow to make your life easier on move-in day. Your school may require a bit more information than mine did so you want to be prepared for that. On my first move-in day, I wore jeans.
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The excitement on a college campus during move-in day is palpable. New students are moving in, parents are trying to figure out how to help, and there are usually just enough student orientation leaders and staff members to create the perfect mixture of confusion and assistance. How can you keep yourself on track? If you're moving into a campus residence hall room, you most likely have been assigned a very specific time for unloading your items.
But, with a few simple tips and hacks, you can breeze through move-in day like a pro! Knowing exactly what to bring and what not to bring is half the battle when moving into a college dorm. Grab hold of a great dorm checklist like ours and check off what you need and want to bring. A lot of rommies both girls and guys love to coordinate colors in their dorm room. Not only does it make the room look more put together, coordinating colors can also make the room look a lot bigger. Reach out to your roommate a few months in advance to square away your color preferences as well as any specific requests you might have. One of the things my daughter and her roommate wanted was a coffee station, so they chatted in advance about where they wanted it to be set up in the room and who would bring what. Dorm rooms are typically very small. The last thing you want to do is attempt to move in on the same day as your roommate and try to navigate around all their boxes and bins.