Getting ready for College Move-in Day in Atlanta--Getting There is Half the Fun

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer invariably flies by, but if you're the mother or father of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it will go at warp speed. The to-do checklist appears never-ending, and also at the conclusion of the list may be the massive question--how can you get every little thing from your residence to school in Atlanta? If your child will be heading to college down the interstate and you've got a minivan, you should congratulate yourself and locate something more productive to study. Should your child's dream college is across the country and also you are living in the city as well as drive a Prius, moving to Atlanta are usually a substantial frustration. Here are some ideas to help you to move through the checklist, allowing you to enjoy your last couple of weeks along with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Nowadays, the online marketplace makes college buying very simple. Many merchants offer a college checklist page that also has a registry--kind of similar to whenever you got married, only towels and bedding for just one. You can even buy at home and pick up your purchases nearby campus in Atlanta, or shop on the web and get your stuff sent straight to the college. As an additional bonus, many places offer free shipping when you spend over a specific amount. This Gen whatever the letter grew up on the net consequently, for them, almost every other way of getting prepared for school appears to be bizarre.

In case your young person wants to shop in person, a starting point needs to be someplace for big bins--an variety of sizes, meaning you can leave some there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is reasonably limited) and re-use them on move-out day. (University students move lots, if you have forgotten.) Designate the bins with masking tape, again for them to be used over again.

Packing clothing is unique for your circumstances, not necessarily a one-size-fits-all technique. Certain parts of the nation have a fairly steady temperature, where winter means a thick jacket and persists around three weeks. A number of campuses are large and pupils walk a lot, others are compressed and metropolitan. Your child's university may very well be a fairly short distance, so trading out a set of clothing is a breeze. Or, it may be a thousand miles away from you and everything for that year goes at once. No matter how many bags you bring, leave only a duffle bag and possibly a hanging bag there--space is constrained, and you'll bring all the suitcases back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each and every situation is distinct, there is however a single constant. Except if you happen to reside across the street from the campus in Atlanta, you have to get all that stuff from home to the college. Here are a few alternatives for moving to Atlanta, go ahead and blend and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you own an SUV or two and your trip is not much more than a few hundred miles, you can most likely load up and proceed. If you have bought the essentials online and they're arriving at the dormitory, you could be able to get away with one car or truck. The disadvantage to driving a long range is that indicates time away from your job, and hotels during the trip. Additionally, it may indicate babysitters for younger siblings, or animal boarding, thus keep in mind costs you will bear.

· Flying--some kids are self-sufficient and are willing to be dropped off at the airport terminal. Flying may be OK for a few families, and you can ship all their belongings in advance so it's there when you get there. Checking luggage incurs serious money, so shipping is usually the only thing which makes sense with traveling by plane.

· Hiring Movers--may appear extravagant, but in the long run can be quite a truly expedient option. If you have that Prius and therefore considering renting a sport utility vehicle as well as the costs that go with a lengthy journey, employing professional movers in Atlanta could save you both money and time. Hop in the Prius and meet up with the movers at the dorm--and you will be getting help actually moving the boxes.

Now that you've chosen the logistics for relocating Junior in the dorm, begin your list for your actual moving to Atlanta. Many educational institutions move in over a weekday (the more likely to mess with dad's or mom's work schedules), therefore the primary thing you'll need to do is verify the date and request the time off. Here are some other things to bear in mind.

· Student Help--Most educational institutions have student volunteers to help you unpack and move cartons, and set up any furniture (if you're using a loft, verify they would be around for that). These kids are excellent sources for restaurants, too.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you are fortunate enough to have a building with an elevator, be ready to wait in a long, long, line. Chances are good you'll need to contend with stairways instead; potentially up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are usually a decent distance from the actual university students in addition to their dorms. Before you grab a parking spot at the dormitory and start unloading, make sure you can get inside the building. Universities vary regarding check-in policies--some have personnel at the dormitories distributing Identification cards and also keys, others, you have to stop by the office for you to let them know you are there and get started.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dormitories usually are not known to excel in cleanness. They are usually cleaned between residents, however it is not to five-star hotel standards--and might not get vacuumed once again until May. Pack some wipes plus a dry mop so that you can dust the surfaces and floor, as well as a small caddy of essential cleaning supplies to leave. A few schools have housekeeping, but many do not and teens haven't gotten a lot more meticulous regarding cleaning in the past few years. (A lot of things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the price to lease a mini-fridge and microwave from the university, and see if it's cheaper than buying. Take into account things like repairs and travel back and forth from your house when you make your decision--they're each inexpensive to buy, nevertheless, if something wrong happens, it is your problem.

· Parent Programming--Find out what kinds of events are scheduled for parents on moving day. If you are headed to big state college, there won't be a tremendous amount offered except in cases where your child is an athlete or in the honors school or something along those lines. Smaller schools are usually more apt to make available coffee and muffins plus a bit of hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are fathers and mothers that show up having bagels or donuts for the student help, they'll love you and put in a tad additional effort with your boxes. Load up a cooler with water bottles and snacks for yourselves, as well. It's going to be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you happen to be, moving in day is the hottest day of the year. Unless it's the rainiest. Put on loose clothes and cozy footwear, but try not to humiliate your daughter or son with dad socks and flip flops.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if there will be allotted parking areas near to the doors, and if so how long is it possible to remain in one. You will probably have 20-30 minutes to unload, after that go park in another lot for the box transporting and set up.

When you have unloaded as well as unpacked in Atlanta, it's time if you want to leave. Give yourself a few minutes to say goodbye and leave with your head held high along with your sniffles in check until you're out of the parking zone.

An old custom of leaving small notes nestled in pockets is an excellent one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a nice touch, and it's your choice precisely how serious or funny you wish to be. However you connect, keep doing it.

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