What Should New Students Expect on Move-In Day?

Meredith College Move-In Day is Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. This week, to help the incoming Class of 2016 prepare, our summer series of student advice will feature topics related to residence life. Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors share insights on Move-In Day, what to pack, and how to decorate in a residence hall.

Today’s question is: “What should incoming students expect during Move-In and Orientation?”

•“Expect a lot of commotion. Just listen and pay attention. You’ll figure it out, and it will go smoothly. Meredith has a great system, and it works, so just go with it. And be friendly, if you see someone you recognize, don’t be afraid to say hi. Everyone is feeling overwhelmed and awkward, so reach out to others. You never know when you’ll find your best friend.”—Sara Owens, ’15

•“You should expect lots of people who are excited for you to be moving in. There will be people banging pots and pans, blowing whistles, and cheering you own the entire way. I’m sure for many it is very overwhelming, but this is just a small example of how much the student body loves Meredith, and how excited we are that you are coming to join our family. During orientation, you will meet lots of faculty and staff all sharing very important information, and it is important for you to listen and ask any questions that you may have. I promise, they will have an answer, and they would love to share any advice with you.” –Amanda Hall, ’15

•“Move-in Day will be very hectic, but try not to be overwhelmed. Some tips are to buy a portable/collapsible dolly to help cart your items from car to residence hall; leave time for unexpected trips to a store to buy extra things that you may have forgotten or found that you needed; and put all your belongings in plastic containers. They are reusable and easier to carry than loose items.” —Christa Allen, ’15

•“During Move-In Day expect it to be crazy and definitely nerve wrecking because you don't know what to expect. You will be receiving tons of information within a few days but once you get through most of orientation you have no worries but to relax and meet new friends. On Move-in Day make sure that you have your things organized the best way possible and bring a handtruck because it makes the process so much easier and quicker to get you unpacking!” – Kaitlyn Turner, ’14

•“There are tons of people doing tons of different things. The biggest thing I can say is focus on you and what you need. There is so much to do in so little time that if you don’t focus on you, then you will be overwhelmed. If you have any questions, there are many people around that are willing to answer; just ask. Also, bring lots of water…it will more than likely be hot. As for Orientation, just listen to your Student Advisor. They know all about what you should be doing and when. Ask them as many questions as you need.”—Elizabeth Oates, ’13

•“Everyone is going to be rushing around and moving about. Feel the excitement and bask in it! Although it might feel weird moving from place to place and having to be on a schedule, take advantage of every activity because it will make your experience and transition even better at Meredith.”—Hannah Thornton, ’14

•“It’s overwhelming and there’s so much going on. Move-In can be stressful but also fun. You are starting a new chapter and you just need to go with the flow. There will be plenty of time to get everything straight, see everything, meet people, etc. Don’t stress.”—Mary Rawls, ’13

•“Move-In Day and Orientation are jam packed! I did not realize how busy my first few days at Meredith would be. Move-In Day is exciting and you will have a chance to meet some amazing resources and friends this day! During orientation, you will be busy on campus. You'll meet with your advising group and get to know the other incoming students as well as your Student Advisor and Faculty Advisor. Enjoy this time of learning experiences and take in all that you can!”--Brittany Murray, ’13

•“I’ll be honest, I was a little stressed on my move-in day. Your family is asking so many questions, you don’t know where to put things, you’re nervous and emotional but also excited. Looking back at it, I remember how special my time was with my family. I wish I had taken more advantage of that. Don’t worry so much about making everything perfect. You have all year to make your room exactly how you want it. Enjoy the time you have with your visitors and the new students you meet as the Meredith community welcomes you onto campus. This is the start of it all! Enjoy it!”—Melissa de Leon, ’14

•“Expect to be busy and to have a lot to do during orientation. There is a lot you have to learn in a short period of time, but you also have chances to bond with your advising group, roommate and suitemates. It’s a lot of fun.”—Angel Jackson, ’13

•“Move-In Day and Orientation are times that should definitely be utilized by students because the Meredith community is trying to prepare them for their first semester. Expect to be really tired and have some information overload. And don’t forget a flood of emotions but also security because you are at your home away from home!”—Shelby Wilson, ’14

•“It's crazy but spectacular. Move-in is so well organized by the college and so exciting but you are going to be exhausted and emotional by the end of the day.” – Rebecca Jernigan, ’13

•“Be prepared. The best advice I can give you and get to campus as early as possible. Hundreds of students will be pouring in and just as lost and confused as you so be early! And it never hurts to get there early to meet and greet your roommate and suitemates. Plus a lot of activities will be going on and you don’t want to be stuck unpacking while awesome stuff is going on.” – Christina Barnhart, ’15

Next question: “What are some of your best residence hall style tips?”

Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.

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