Ladies and Gents, we're finally here - freshman move in day! But are YOU prepared...? Here's how.
Move in day for any freshman college student is a day for unparalleled excitement. Your entire family has come to see you off for this moment, and to help you begin the start of your new life! Despite this being a generally joyous day, many freshman could do with a few more tips to keep away the stress. Now that it's the Mid-end of August leading into September, I feel many of you could find this helpful. And with that - lets get on with it, shall we lovelies?
Don't let the chaos intimidate you
Move in at my university (Howard Bison - HU...YOU KNOW!) is especially crazy, and I know that'll likely be true for a lot of people attending rather big Universities as well. Just try to stay as calm, cool, and collected as possible - patience is a plus. There will be people around you to help carry your things, as well as to direct you and your family where to take them. Even if you already have your room assignments, It's good to take note of your RA's directions and follow the flow. Sure, 1,000 other people are also trying to move in all at the same time, but don't you worry about that. Everyone will reach their space in due time, we promise!
Patience Is A Plus
Don't Buy Everything
You may unpack and realize that despite checking everything off thrice, you still need some things. Your first reaction may be to go out and get them ASAP with your parents, but just calm down a minute willya? Use your time wisely. Perhaps purchase any absolutely necessary items first, then return to set them in their appropriate places while holding off on some of the possible cosmetics you could go without. You may want that NutriBullet really bad, but will you absolutely die because you've forgotten it? I think not, after all, there's good 'ol exercise.
A plus side to waiting on unnecessary items is showing both yourself and your parents a little bit of restraint. College is 90% you, on your own, behaving like an adult. Adults cant often beg for money to buy things from parents, unless it's something they really need. Showing your parents that you can totally deal with independence might prompt them to freak out a little less, and show yourself that you really can do this for the rest of your life!
LEt your mom help
On another note - you're not quite on your lonesome yet! When your mom or dad offers to help you set up your room, take it. They've moved in before, whether it be college or on another occasion, so they can help you fix your stuff up properly. You can usually tell the difference between someone who set up their room alone (unless they're a super neat freak) and a student's room who was aided with their parent's eye. Additionally, they may think of more important things that you've never had to use or buy on a day to day/week to week basis such as an extra pack of toilet paper, a plunger, a portable fan, or laundry detergent. Your parents love you, so of course they're here to help. Never be embarrassed of that - just be proud, like they are of YOU!
18, Freshman Finance major at Howard University in Washington DC. Can't wait to go to Law school though!