What they don’t tell you about move-in day

Alexis Marchitte—Hey everyone! My name is Alexis, and I am a first semester freshman this year at Brockport. I am studying Exercise Science and Athletic Training, I am hoping to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. I currently work for Campus Rec in the SERC and I am a new blogger for Winging It. I am so excited to experience my first year of college here at Brockport and even more excited that you all get to follow my story!

What they don’t tell you about move-in day:

1. You and your roommate(s) should coordinate what time you are getting there.

This should be an essential part of your move-in day checklist. I am in a suite in Dobson so I have 3 roommates, which made this an even bigger issue. I was the last to move in so there already was boxes everywhere and now I had all my things to bring too. My two suitemates in the other room were almost finished moving in, but my actual roommate, Katie, was only halfway through moving in. Her family of 5 was all helping her move in and my whole family of 5 was with me. It was extremely difficult for all of us to do anything. Once the hard part was over, though, it was so fun to decorate the room together and make it really feel like home. Our common area now is my favorite place to hang out because of all the cute posters we have and how homey it feels.

2. You should bring your own mallet to raise your bed.

The chances of you finding a maintenance worker to raise your bed for you along with the hundreds of other kids who want their beds raised are slim to none. When I asked for someone to raise my bed I was told that there was one worker and he was on his lunch break. Luckily my dad is a descendant of Hercules and was able to take the bed apart and put it where I wanted it. Even if you don’t want it raised, chances are that you’ll have to in order to put your desk underneath because there isn’t anywhere else for it to fit.

3. You probably won’t have a lot of time to say goodbye to your family.

This might be just me because I was a little behind schedule (as usual), but by the time I was done unpacking everything, I barely had time to say goodbye because of Welcome Week activities. Although I only live an hour and a half from home, it was sad to be rushed to say goodbye to my mom, dad, and two younger sisters. The best thing you can do, especially if you have younger siblings, is let them help you move in. Let your mom Lysol everything and your siblings climb all over your bed. It’s a new stage in their life too.

Although moving in can be extremely stressful, it was one of the most exciting days for not only me but my family as well. I took a huge step into the next part of my life and I am so grateful that my family was here to share it with me. Now my roommates have become my family too and my dorm looks so cute and organized with my bed raised up!

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