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The University of Iowa

Summer 2010


Navigating chaos: Tips for making the most of move-in

What students need to know before arriving on campus

How to help your student adjust to college and ease your own transition

Reminders for parents

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Helping big brother move in


Navigating chaos: Tips for making the most of move-in

As if saying goodbye to your students isn’t stressful enough, moving their belongings can be overwhelming for parents and students alike. Below is some advice from seasoned resident assistants on how to survive the move-in experience.

Before the big day

“It is very important that students contact their roommates prior to moving in. For example, only one person needs to bring a TV, minifridge, microwave, or futon.”

“Only bring things that students will need. Fall and winter clothing, for example, are much more valuable than summer clothing, because summer will soon end.”


“Be prepared to wait. The middle of the day—between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.—typically is the busiest.”

“There are only a limited number of carts to check out, so try to bring a cart of your own—or something with wheels that can carry a lot of stuff.”

“Be ready to climb some stairs!”

“If you think you scheduled enough time for move-in, add a couple of hours.”

“Sometimes parents want to go everywhere with their student during move-in, but give them some space. They still want nothing more than to explore.”

“Take a break, relax, and refuel. Get acquainted with the great restaurants downtown.”

After you leave

“As you drive away, remember that this is one of maybe five experiences that will shape your child forever. Let them find out for themselves what needs to be done to get settled in, which people can answer their questions, and how they can succeed.”

“Send a photo or picture that usually hangs at home. Getting mail, especially packages, is really exciting, and surprises are great. My dad always sends mini candy bars.”

“Send gift cards to stores that students may need things from, like CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, or Starbucks.”

compiled by Sara Epstein Moninger


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