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Surviving Move-In Day

The next chapter of your life officially starts with one chaotic event: Move-In Day. You’re excited, hopeful and probably a little (if not a lot) nervous. There’s a lot to do and a lot to take in so here’s my suggestions to make moving in go as smoothly as possible.

2016 Move-In Dates

First-Year students will move in on Sunday, August 21st from 1:00PM-4:00PM, checking in first at Perry Campus Center.  Some students belonging to certain organizations will move in earlier; coaches and advisors will let you know if you should move in early.  

The following organizations have been approved for early arrival:

August 8th | 9:00AM-12:00PM
RA Staff,Volleyball, Student Teachers
August 11th | 9:00AM-12:00PM
Football, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Athletic Training
August 17th| 9:00AM-12:00PM
Cheer & Dance, Cross Country, OWL Staff, Directions Mentors, Orientation Staff, Golf, Bridge/STEM Program, Greek Council Leadership Team, Forensics
August 17th| Arrival must be approved and pre-arranged with Admissions Office
New Freshman International Students with pre-approval from the Admissions Office may be permitted to move in to attend New International Freshman Orientation on August 19.  You must check the date on your I-20, confirm your arrival arrangements and campus check-in with the Admissions Office. 
August 21st | 1:00PM-4:00PM
First-Year students move in.
August 24th | 1:00PM-4:00PM
Transfers and Returners move in.

Take care of business before you arrive

To ensure a relaxing start to your Move-In Day, it is helpful to take care of business, first.  You can download and complete meal plan and payment plan forms from the Business Office.   Be sure to complete and return all the health forms that were sent to you prior to Enrollment Days; and if you are an athlete, make sure you complete all the additional forms required through the Athletic Department.  You can also order a free parking permit in advance and sign up to receive campus emergency alerts through the Safety Office.  

Pack the car the day before

I’ve hauled all my stuff in and out of my car numerous times during my college career and I’ve discovered a few things. In order to make everything fit, it takes not only patience and planning, but some creativity. All of which might be lacking the morning of move-in day. So to minimize your stress, pack your car the day before.

Arrive early

Campus will be especially busy on Move-In Day, so give yourself plenty of time. Not only will it shorten  the lines you will have to wait in, but if you beat your roommate there, you can get dibs on the best side. (Granted, I suggest speaking with your roommate before arrival to coordinate things in order to lay the foundation for civil living.)

Watch your temper

I’ve seen those students who snap at their parents as they do their best to help carry boxes and arrange things (and in all honesty, I’ve probably done it myself). Don’t be that person. The people that are helping you have probably done a significant amount for you in your life, and are continuing to by helping you move in and/or pay for college. So even though it may be easy to crack under the stress of the day, try not to lash out.

Have fun

This will be one of the few times during college in which you will be surrounded by a large group of people who are in the exact same situation you are.  If you are feeling a little lost, chances are someone else is too. Everyone in your class will be looking to make friends, so reach out and try to get to know people. It will make the first couple of days on campus less scary and will make the different orientation events Doane has planned for you more fun.  "You don't want to miss Orientation," Carrie Lovelace Petr, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, advises, "Go to all of the activities--you might meet a life-long friend or someone that will be in your wedding someday.” Petr continues, “It’s just that time to get out there and meet people. You’ll never get this time back.”

No matter what you do, Move-In Day will at least be slightly overwhelming and scary. However, with a little planning you’ll move in and on to a career at Doane. Just remember to lift with your legs, not your back.

For more information about Orientation week visit Fall Orientation.


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