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Move-In Day Tips and Tricks

 Written by    August 17, 2017

If you are #new2osu this semester, you are probably feeling one of a few ways about move in being so soon:

  • PUMPED!
  • Anxious
  • Ready
  • Overwhelmed
  • Neutral

And all of these are totally fine! I’m hear to give you some last minute tips on how to save a few headaches (and arguments) on move-in day!

1. Look over a map of campus.

While there will be signs outlining the process, having some familiarity with campus works wonders, especially for the road names on Move-In Day. I got lucky that both of my parents knew the streets because of their time as students, which definitely helped us know how to navigate Lane Avenue and High Street traffic.

2. Confirm with your roommates who is bringing what.

Nobody wants to forget anything important, so double check with your roomies who is supplying what and if there’s anything last minute you might need to add.

Sophomore year’s roomies! Definitely a fun group.

3. Make sure everything is packed.

As you are packing your car to come to campus, make sure you’ve got your clothes, school supplies, dorm things, photos, and other necessary items so you start the year off strong and don’t have to make a Target run (though let’s face it, you’ll find there’s always something you need and have to take a trip to a store for).

4. Let your mom/dad/ guardian help you unpack your dorm room.

They want to help, and once they are gone, they can’t really be there for you as they might have been in high school.

Because, in a sense, we’re all Buddy right now but instead of finding our dad we’re off to find our education/ future.

5. Check out the Welcome Week activities.

There is so much happening on campus and in Columbus this week! Use this as an opportunity to become familiar with Ohio State, Columbus, and even meet some new people. Plus, there’s FREE STUFF. Check out welcomeweek.osu.edu to see what’s up!

I definitely recommend checking out the Involvement Fair and Buck-i-Frenzy. Both have free food, and free swag! I would like to note that you should look for organizations at the Involvement Fair on your own because you want to create your community here at Ohio State, and what’s good for your roommate isn’t always good for you. This might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it’ll be worth it. Plus, I’ll be there at the Boo Radley Society’s table so you should come say hi. 🙂

**As a bonus treat here’s a TBT to my freshman Involvement Fair**

6. Take a minute to pause and notice all the changes happening around you.

I’m already a senior here at Ohio State and I don’t understand how so much time has passed. It’s a cliche and I hate to use it but I’m telling you, take in your surroundings while you can. You’ll be in my place quicker than you know it.

So there’s my top six things to keep in mind when moving in. There’ll be tons of friendly faces to help you, whether it’s in the Schott or your new dorm. While it might seem like the busiest day ever, as long as you follow instructions and ask for help when you need it, you’ll be in great shape!

Photo Creds:

Cheering; Map; Roomies; Bye Buddy; Boo Radley

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