Move in day is hectic, but can be stress-free


Illinois I-Guides help an incoming freshman outside of Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall. 

By Masaki Sugimoto

Moving into college will be one of the most hectic experiences.

There will, without a doubt, be a struggle, problem or challenge in the process. Here are a few tips to make it way easier.

Plan your packing

Regardless of how you bring your belongings to college, space is limited. Bringing your entire room over will most likely be impossible with the size of the dorm rooms, your car or, even worse, airplane check-in.

Look into how big the room is. It can vary from how many people are living with you to which dorm you are staying in. Do some research on how much space you actually have.

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The dorms will also have desks, drawers, a bed and a closet for you to use. So don’t feel the need to bring things that are already being provided to you.

Also, don’t be afraid to look into buying stuff while you are in Champaign vs. before you leave. You can get a better idea of space and can buy the right items accordingly.

It will be crazy

When you come with a vehicle loaded with your belongings, keep in mind that every other freshman is doing the same thing at the same time, so try to stay calm. 

It can be very overwhelming, so expect to wait a while. You may be in a long line waiting for an elevator, or be carrying junk up several flights of stairs. 

Communicate with your roommate

Whether you are rooming with your best friend growing up or someone from another part of the world, make sure to stay in touch. This will make moving in go smoother. 

Coordinate when you are moving in, so you all aren’t moving in at once, and coordinate who brings what. 

Most dorm rooms leave room for one fridge or one TV. Maybe someone brings one or the other. Also make sure you two know what you don’t want. Your roommate might not want that 60” TV in the room.

Utilize I-Guides (and treat them nicely)

During the move-in process, there will be student volunteers referred to as I-Guides helping you move in. They will help you find your room and help you carry stuff in. 

Not only will they make it easier on you and your family when you get to the dorm, they can also be a great resource. You may not be with an I-Guide long, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. 

They have been through the exact same process you are going through, so they definitely have the knowledge and experience you need. From recommendations on what more you might need, or where to place things, they will be the ones to ask. 

Also, they run around carrying stuff all day, so treat them nicely. They are not getting paid and are there to help make your transition smoother. Also, don’t make them carry everything – help by pitching in a bit. Moving into college will be one of the most hectic experiences on campus. Read some tips on how to make the day less stressful.

Masaki is a junior in Media.
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