Today the day that I was both dreading and looking forward to arrived. College move in day. I am a rather shy individual myself so I was far more worried about the social side of things than actually the unpacking part. I was so worried that I only turned up an hour before the first meeting. Desptie this it actually went pretty well and I’m feeling happy about today! Read on below to hear my move in day experience and let me share my tips and tricks that I learnt.
Pre Move In Day Jitters
Everyone has them. Especially me! This morning I was looking at heaps of confidence pins and move in day stuff on Pinterest. The moving in was not what worried me, it was all the scary social stuff that comes from not knowing a single person in your hall! When these strike, its best to just take your mind off it. Go have breakfast for your family, do some exploring in town, read a book you like or a YouTube video you find funny. Just don’t dwell on your nerves. Trust me. It’ll go okay!
When to Arrive
Blogs often say to arrive as early as possible. I get that some of you might need all the time to unpack, but personally I didn’t! While I was originally planning to give myself two full hours to unpack rather than one, I found I got most things done in the first half hour.
Think about how much time you need before you come. Some people liked to unpack early then leave to get stuff and have lunch, which was probably a better option. Discuss with your move in buddies (in my case it was my parents) a way that will allow you to get everything done in a low-stress environment. Personally I did not want to be stuck in my room with only my parents for company for six hours! There is also plenty of time to finish unpacking later, so I wasn’t too worried
Transporting your gear
For those using a car to get to Uni, your experience will be very different to mine. I had no choice but to fly to uni, which meant packing everything into three suitcases. This made my move in very simple. All we had to do was pull the suitcases into my room, and voila. All done. It was very lucky I was on the ground floor though, otherwise it would not have been this simple!! Really pitied those who had to make tonnes of trips with boxes. Not fit enough for that!
Most of you will use boxes to get to Uni. But don’t be afraid to use suitcases either. Just try and ensure that your family can take them back when they leave, otherwise there isn’t much room!
This was relatively quick for me cause I didn’t bring much stuff with me. Always scout around the room before you start unpacking, so you know what you want to go where. This saves unpacking stuff, only to transfer it somewhere else a few minutes later. Try and make things tidy, fold clothes and arrange products, which makes the room instantly more comfortable. Don’t worry if you don’t get it all done right away, there will be time later!
I will be continuing to add to my dorm room throughout the year to personalise it. At the moment I am really jealous of those who decorated their room at the beginning. Photos and cool quotes can really brighten a room and make it feel more like home.
This was, by far, the part I worried about the most! How would I talk to people? What if they didn’t like me? What if everyone else formed groups except me?
I can assure you now, and I know you won’t believe me, but it does go okay! Not super amazing, met my best friend for life, but I am happy with how it went and there are lots of people I want to pursue closer friendships with.
Tips for Socialising
- Leave your dorm room open –now this one wasn’t particularly effective for me since there were only a few people on my floor. It did mean that when it got closer to meal times, I would see someone leaving and ask to join them. An open door is also a great way to know that someone wants to chat!
- Work out who you want to approach – As a shy introvert, I found myself most comfortable approaching the girl sitting by herself. In turn we attracted a fair number of other girls which was pretty fun! I also knew I wanted to get to know the people on my floor, so I approached a couple of them and they all seem pretty friendly. Lets hope I get a few friendships there!
- Talk to other people too! This was a learning curve for me, cause I decided to not approach a girl walking beside me because she seemed a bit intimidating. Five minutes later she joined my conversation with another guy and it turned out that we had the same major! So lesson learned! Approach everyone.
- Get out there-its all about going up and chatting with people. Ask the typical questions (Where are you from? What is your major?) and be super smiley and open. There was one girl I approached who seemed okay, but she kept her arms crossed the whole time! Not a great vibe.
- If it doesn’t work out, you have time- You aren’t going to find your BFF on the first day. So relax, and if you’ve made a few connections, then great!
So yeah my first day went pretty well and I’m excited for what the future will hold! I was really scared beforehand, but it all turned out well. What was your move in day like? Let me know in the comments down below!