The Stress of Move-In Day

Move-in day has come and gone for the class of 2020, and the tension between parents and students alike couldn’t have been more clear.

So on a day that is supposed to be filled with excitement, why do we all seemed so stressed?

I’d like to think of it in terms of this cheesy metaphor: Move-in day is like a gallon of your favorite ice cream. How so? At first, your stomach is rumbling and your mouth is watering. You’re so ready to dive in spoonful by spoonful until you are immersed in an ice cream coma of delightfulness. Until you hit a wall: Who forgot to pack the sprinkles? Who forgot the whipped cream?

Or, in my case, who forgot the command strips and who forgot the duct tape?

And as you bicker about who forgot what, your excitement begins to fade … along with your ice cream that remains uneaten. No matter how many 9 Hacks for College Packing BuzzFeeds you see, you’re still unprepared. And eventually, all of your creamy delicacy has transformed into a pile of thick disappointment.

Thus, stress.

Photo by Rachel Hernandez

So, the underlying question is, how do we recovering from the move-in shock?

The truth of the matter is that there is no secret to a stress-free move-in. The best thing you can do is be patient with your family, as they are going through a transition equally as challenging as yours. And while you are already planning the night’s activities, they’re biggest plans for the evening are sending you off to adulthood.

So remember: Relax, prepare, and come to move-in with a positive mentality. Be patient with your family and give them the departure they deserve. Yes, it will take hours to set everything up, and yes, you may have forgotten a thing or two, but things are just things. And when it’s all said and done, your room will look picture perfect … at least for a few days.

Photo by Rachel Hernandez



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