10 Tips for College Move-In Weekend!

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10 Tips for College Move-In Weekend!


It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all summer long. Time to move in! Here are some helpful hints:

1. Get to your dorm early. If check-in is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., get there at 9 a.m. and beat the rush. Or, if you really don’t care if you’re the first one in your room, arrive at noon, and the line will have run its course by then, and you won’t have to wait.

2. Rent a bin or cart if your dormitory has them available. Nothing beats getting everything in just one trip from the car!

3. Hit the bookstore sooner, rather than later. You’ll not only avoid long lines, but that that way you’ll have your pick of used books, and save off the hefty price of new books. Or, you may be able to rent books, the least expensive option of all (but remember to return them right after your final exam). Figure on spending $375 to $650 for books for the semester. Ouch!

4. Put some money on your school debit card, and take advantage of student discounts. For example, you may save 10% off bookstore purchases using your card, or 20% at a café. The savings add up fast.

5. You may want to fit in a trip to a Target or Walmart (before your parents / ride leaves). No matter how well you packed, you’re bound to need to pick up organizational items and supplies: stacking drawers, step stool (if those top cabinets in your room are out of reach), electric kettle, padlock, wall hanging strips, shampoo and laundry detergent. Don’t be surprised if you spend another $200 on all the things you didn’t pack. By the way, there are some great college packing lists online.

6. Spend some time getting to know your roommate. Try to develop a rapport so it’s easy to bring up issues as they arise, and you’re not stepping on each other’s toes.

7. Eat and sleep well. Fuel your body with good nutrition. There may be plenty of partying that first week, so make sure you’re not running on empty.

8. Sip don’t chug. Party like there’s no tomorrow and there may not be. Fraternity rush isn’t a good excuse either for ending up in the hospital. Easy does it.

9. It’s not a race. It will all get done. You’ll get settled. You must have been very competitive to get into a good college. Well, so were all your classmates. Get to know them — you have a lot in common.

10. Call home. As thrilled as you are to be free at last, your parents are lost without their baby (yes, I mean you) in the house to boss around. They miss you, and you being gone has left a giant ragged, gaping hole in their lives, even if they won’t admit it. Try not to sound too thrilled to finally be away from them. A tiny “I miss you” will go a long way. They’ll live off that for days!

By |2018-09-23T21:19:49+00:00August 29th, 2017|Blog, Home|1 Comment

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  1. jamie August 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    excellent advice for move in weekend!

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