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Moving Jitters? Five Tips for Move-In Day

Written by Nicole Ogrysko

Car packed and ready to move

With summer winding down and the first day of classes about a week away, you're probably beginning to sort through about 18 years of stuff and pack some of it up for your first year of college. Move-in Day is right around the corner, and it's natural to have a few questions about the dorms or what to bring. What size are the beds? What kind of mini-fridge can I bring? Is it really that cold? As incoming freshman moving into a college dorm for the first time, we had those same questions too — which is why we're here to help. Check out these five tips for Move-in Day.


  1. Pack light. You'll most likely share a dorm room with someone else, and space is limited. That 800-page book that you maybe-someday-probably won't read? Leave it home. 

  1. Double check a few of your belongings before heading out the door for school. Are your sheets Twin XL? Great! Bringing a power strip? Make sure it's resettable and displays some kind of "surge protection" on the box. Plus, be sure to leave these items at home:

-Halogen lamps

-Microwaves (only mini-fridges or micro-fridges)

-Hanging tapestries or curtains

  1. Pack your things into bags or boxes that you can manage. It's not called the South Hill for nothing — Ithaca College has a lot of stairs and few elevators. If you can't lift your monstrous suitcase out of the car, you'll probably have trouble carrying it up three flights of stairs to your room in the Quads or to your room on the 13th floor of the Towers. Terraces have dumbwaiters and each Tower has two elevators. 

  1. Ithaca weather is unpredictable. It might be a beautiful, sunny 70 degrees one day and snowing the next. Be sure to pack clothing for all possibilities. There's no need to bring the snow shoes, but it's wise to invest in a raincoat, a heavy jacket, and a pair of gloves.

  1. Stay calm. Moving can be stressful for both you and your parents, but there will be plenty of student volunteers on hand to help carry boxes, find your room, or give directions. 

In the midst of the frenzied packing and moving, remember to take a deep breath and take it all in. You're starting college!



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