Move-In Day

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Move-in day is a hectic time no matter where you're going to, but in a dormitory, it is especially complex. You and hundreds of other students will be bringing in your stuff, sorting out paperwork, and meeting new people at the same time. To minimize stress and help create a smooth transition for you, here are a few things to keep in mind when you move into a dorm.

Make Sure Everything Is Paid

Before you get to school, the university is going to want some money. In advance of taking any classes or living anywhere on campus, you'll need to pay. If you haven't yet—or if the school has an error on your records—you could have a "hold" on your account that prevents you from taking any further action until your bill is taken care of. This includes moving in.

Before you even get to campus, try to get hold of the bursar to make sure your bill is taken care of and everything is up-to-date. With the high volume of students coming at one time, there are likely to be a few hiccups in the system, and you don't want to be one of them. Imagine getting there, with all of your stuff, only to be told you have to turn around and wait in line somewhere else before you can see the inside of your room.

Bring Some Help

You won't bring as much stuff to a dorm as you would for another kind of move. Even so, you may have a time limit as to how long you can park in front of the building (think of how many cars the school has to deal with on this particular day), so you'll want to get everything inside quickly. The unloading process itself isn't likely to take much time, which is some incentive for others to get involved. One other helping hand is probably sufficient, but if you can get more, why not?

Bring Some Equipment

Some people steal shopping carts from the local grocery store and wheel loads of stuff in that way. That is not being recommended or advocated here, but the thought behind it is. If you can get your hands on a dolly or handtruck, it will make moving bigger, heavier items a cinch. You can also stack a few boxes on top of one another (biggest and heaviest on the bottom) and wheel them in at once.

As long as you are organized and prepared, college move-in day really isn't so bad. It's fast-paced, to be sure, but once you have all of your stuff in your room and you have a moment to yourself, the real excitement will set in: that of starting your new life at school.

Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

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