Who is ready to carry some boxes up 3 flights of stairs!? I am! Just kidding… But ready or not, move in day is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time for a new batch of freshmen on campus (you)! If you’re a new freshman to this blog, let me introduce myself. I’m Ariana, and I’ve written a whole bunch of advice blogs for freshmen on this tumblr page, and I’m excited that I have a new group of freshmen to talk to! If you’ve seen this blog before (whether in your FASET packet or from the GT Liberal Arts Twitter), it’s time for some more advice. So, how do you get through move in? It’s easy…
There are going to be TONS of people running around helping freshmen move in. It’s partly because GT students love to help out their fellow classmates
and partly because we live in a busy city and cars can only be parked for so long before they need to be unpacked and moved to a less congested area. The people are there to help, so don’t be afraid to ask them to carry your futon! I only had to make one trip when I was a freshman because there were so many people helping. My muscles were very thankful since I lived on the third floor.
One thing to keep in mind while moving in is that dorm rooms are tiny. There’s no way to sugar-coat it. Don’t bring things you don’t need. That includes people. And because the room is small, I recommend talking to your roommate and planning to move in a few hours apart so that there aren’t 10 people trying to maneuver around the room (parents, roommates, brothers, sisters, grandparents, childhood friends, blah blah).
One thing that I cannot stress enough is to keep your door open on move-in day. There will be all sorts of people roaming the hallways: new hall mates, PL’s, maintenance helpers, tech helpers. Introduce yourself to your hall mates as soon as possible. Make a good first impression! Plus, I’d recommend that you ask a few to grab dinner that night. The first night is always the scariest, but it can also be a ton of fun. There’s no homework yet, and nobody knows anybody. Make the most of it and make friends that could last forever (sounds corny, but I still talk to my “first night friends” on a regular basis).
I’m not going to lie and say that move in day is easy. It isn’t. You’re leaving your family, friends, and hometown and moving to a new, unknown place. Keep your mind busy by setting up your room the way you like it. And if you’re bored or lonely, walk into the hallway or lounge. Your Peer Leaders will be leading some get-togethers to encourage everyone to meet each other. Participating and putting yourself out there will make the night much more enjoyable. Move in day is the beginning of a wonderful adventure: life as a Georgia Tech Liberal Arts student!