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Biotechnology, Russian minor
Chicago IL

An RA's Insight to Move In/Orientation

Sarah Alef on Wednesday, 06 August 2008. Posted in Orientation, Residence Life

It's almost here.  That day you're all counting down to, when your parents roll up to the stately brick campus by the thousands and throw you out on the sidewalk before driving away, all parties cheering as the other leaves.  Why exactly are you moving in a week early, you ask? What on earth are you going to do for a week with no classes? Well...that's where I come in.  I move into RIT as an RA next week to spend a week prepping for the arrival of all you lovely people.  On Move-In Day, I along with my staff and other volunteers will man the elevators, deliver carts, move your stuff, give orders, and generally ensure a smooth move-in process.  Each building is set so that the top floors move in first, and the lower floors last (this puts less stress on the elevator and makes for less traffic).  Three things you should know about Move-In Day:

1) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't arrive before your scheduled move-in time.  Getting here any earlier will not do you any good, and if you arrive too early, we might even tell you to go hang out elsewhere for a while.  So stick with the time you're given, and you'll make our lives and your lives a lot easier.

2) You will NOT be able to ride the elevator down in a dorm unless you are elderly, on crutches, or in a wheelchair.  YES, the elevators will be available to ride up.  Just not down. So wear sturdy tennis shoes, and plan to be walking down a lot of stairs.  We have this policy so we can move the most people as fast as possible.  And a little exercise never hurt anyone.  We will also have water bottles available so you won't get dehydrated.

3) If you have room in your vehicle, bring a cart.  Carts are plentiful, but many times you have to wait 5-10 for one, and if you have your own, this ensures no waiting time.  You can start moving in right away! 

Once you have moved in, your parents will hang around for a while.  You'll hug and kiss, maybe cry, and by the second day they will be on their way to wherever it is that parents go when they drop their children off at college.  That's when the fun begins.  Orientation is split by college into smaller groups manned by people called Orientation Assistants.  They will introduce you to professors, help you find the right people to fix schedules, and tell you about the classes you'll be taking.  They're generally nice people, although a little crazy :-P During Orientation week, you'll learn about the Deaf community on campus, talk about your class schedules, do some crazy activities, and explore the campus.  You'll be tired and ready for class to start when the week is over, I promise.  At the end of the week, most of the upperclassmen have returned, and there's a big dance outside on Friday or Saturday night.  Unless it rains.  Then it's held indoors.  But there's free glowsticks, and free food, and as everyone knows....the first rule of college is: If it is free, then you should go!