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Freshman Year Survival Tip #6: Move-In — How it Works

 Written by    September 4, 2018

For those of you who are #new2OSU, you might be nervous about moving in to your first residence hall.  After all, Ohio State is a large school, so move-in must be difficult, right? Actually, not at all! Move-In Day is a smooth and flawless process that is actually fairly enjoyable.

On Move-In Day, traffic on campus will be controlled by traffic officers so as to prevent congestion and back-ups.  When you first arrive on campus, you will check in at the Schottenstein Center to collect your parking pass, room key, and other essential move-in materials.  You will then be directed through a traffic pattern that will ultimately place you at your assigned residence hall. Ohio State Welcome Leaders (OWLS) will then unload your belongings from your vehicle and take them to your room; we will do all of the heavy lifting so you don’t have to! 🙂  One member of your party will then be directed to a parking garage to park the car(s); after that, you’re good to go! You can take as much time as you need to to settle in to your new home.

Move-In Day at Ohio State has been recognized by many as one of the most flawless processes amongst major colleges and universities.  Though it is understandable that you will have anxiety about transitioning to college and moving in for the first time, please rest assured that the process will be a breeze!  I have been an OWL and an OWL Coordinator for the past two years and have seen very few problems occur. But, if you do end up forgetting something at home, breaking something, etc., do not fret — there are many on-campus locations for you to purchase the items that you are in need of.  

So, now that you understand the process, let’s ace Move-In Day!  See you on campus! 🙂

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