Tips to make the best of college moving day for freshmen and their parents by a mom who’s been there, twice.
Graduation and prom are over, Beach Week is just a Facebook memory and soon—too soon for many of us—you’ll load up your child and half her belongings and head for the dorm. For the freshman in your family, it’s a big step toward becoming a fully independent person. But for parents, it’s a heart-wrenching rite of passage to help usher our “babies” into adulthood. While you’ve probably figured out meal plans and written those first painful tuition checks, nothing quite prepares you for saying goodbye and leaving your child at her new dormitory, far from home. So here are just a few hints to smooth the process, for all of you.
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WHEN YOU ARRIVE There may be very few pluses to being freshmen but, you do move in before the upperclassmen. Sure, you’ll still get the smallest, least convenient rooms but, for a day or two, the campus will be all yours. This is a good chance for incoming students to get settled, learn the rules and find out where the laundry room is. This is also when campus fraternities and sororities to do their community service, which doubles as a recruitment opportunity. They’ll be there as you pull up; they’ll unload the car and carry everything to your student’s room.
PACK LIGHT! Remember that the dorm room will be tiny, and shared with a stranger most likely met only via email. So here are some packing tips: