6 Truths About College Move-In Day

6 Truths About College Move-In Day

Let's be honest - no one else really knows what's going on either.
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Just a few days ago, I left my little suburban town in Pennsylvania for the big city of Philadelphia to pursue my passion for Theater and Political Science at Temple University. Leading up to the big day, I read countless articles about what to pack, how to pack it all, and what you don't actually need as a college freshman. Most of that was totally true. Moving into your college dorm however, is an experience like no other, and I'm not quite sure any of us were really prepared for it. Here are a few truths I learned about college move-in day:

1. Everything is CHAOS

Seriously. Take what you think it is, and multiply it by ten. There are people running around with bags of pillows, boxes of knick-knacks and knocking each other with backpacks. And, if you're moving into Temple University, gigantic orange carts filled to the brim with more pillows, food, and every decoration one could possibly need.

2. You WILL Forget Things

Once you get settled and unpack your whole life, you'll realize that there's absolutely things you've forgotten, no matter how thoroughly you think you packed. You're missing a container for this, you totally forgot to pack scissors, or tape, or thumbtacks, or Clorox wipes...trust me, you'll forget something. But worry not, between your families back home and the school store, you're sure to eventually have everything you need. (And Amazon Prime!!!)

3. Unpack the Essentials First

If you're anything like me, I know you probably want to immediately unpack decorations and pictures to hang and hook up your TV, but trust me when I say: unpack your essentials first. You have plenty of time to decorate and organize, but first and foremost, you'll want to be able to go to sleep with your pillows and blankets the first night. Don't stress if you can't completely unpack and decorate within the first few hours.

4. No One Else Knows What's Going On Either

What I mean by this is, everyone who's moving into your residence hall on the same day is just as confused and frazzled as you are, so don't feel alone in your stressful state. It may look and feel like everyone else but you has things under control, but they totally don't. My roommate and I had to ask the guys next to us how they set up their room and they helped us out. Then they asked us for thumbtacks. It's a community of confusion here, people.

5. Saying Goodbye is Hard

I'm sure this is obvious. Whether you're being dropped off by your family, your best friend or another guardian, saying goodbye to them is going to be difficult. There's no way to sugarcoat that. Most people are going to cry, so don't feel ashamed if you're one of them. Because I guarantee that the dorm full of tough-looking football players next to you are just as sad to see their parents go as you are, even if they're not crying.

6. It's SO MUCH FUN

With all the stress that goes into moving into your dorm, no one is going to tell you that it's not going to end up being one hell of a good time. Once you finally settle in and sit down and breathe, you're going to laugh at the absurd craziness of it all. If there's one piece of advice I could leave you with, it's to leave your door open. Hang up a sign that says hello, and you're sure to have a few people pop in and say hi. It's a surefire way to break the ice with the other people on your floor and who knows, maybe you'll find a new friend!

Overall, move-in day is chaotic and emotional, but don't forget to enjoy every second of it!

Cover Image Credit: Kristina D'Amico

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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New Year, New Goals... Same Me

And no... not resolutions because how often do those change.

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Having a goal and having a resolution may be the same for some people. But to me, having a "New Years Resolution" implies you are going to immediately begin the new year achieving your resolution. I believe that you should take 2019 as a step stool. Work towards your goals and by the end of the year, have them be achieved.

1. Utilize my planner everyday

Finding time in your schedule to see friends or grab a coffee is important for your social life. While finding time to relax, nap or to watch a movie is critical to your health. A planner puts your whole week right in front of you. This year I got a planner that showed me every hour of every day. This way I can see not only if I have time for a quick nap, but if I have time to get in a solid workout. Last year I kept so many planners, I would write some things in one and then some in another. Key is to stick to one planner and make it your best friend.

2. Less social media, more media

I have recently decided to delete my Instagram. I was spending too much time opening the app in awkward situations or stalking people that made my life seem BLEH.

We need to realize no one on social media is going to post a picture of them sleeping, "its oh-so-very hard for me to get out of bed in the mornings. #Depressed."

Everyone portrays their lives to be picture perfect, literally. When we are all so similar. Deleting Instagram not only forces me to stay off it but also encourages me to do something more productive like read or even watch the news. At least I'll be educating myself on current day issues rather than lowering my self-ideals based on an unrealistic, virtual world.

3. Give love every day

Whether giving love means to your family, to your friends, or a total stranger. If you made someone feel special, you met the goal of giving love. Now my goal is to make at least one person feel this love every day of this year. I'm sure you've heard this since Kindergarten, but people typically remember negative things and forget the positive things.

So let's fill the world with compliments and positive thoughts making no room in the human brain for the negative notions.

4. Pray more, talk less

I have to say; I am not religious at all. I have been to church maybe twice in my life, but I have learned rather than talking to other people, talk to God, or if you don't believe in a God, talk to yourself. Right before bed is a great time to say you're thankful for the big man and for the world we live in.

Ask him questions and search for the answers. Don't rely on other people to give you answers. Trust God and yourself.

5. Be more thankful

The more thanks you give, the more blessed you will feel. And feeling blessed is a way to ultimate happiness. Be thankful for Every. Little. Thing. Not just materialistically, but for the things others may not be so fortunate to have. The more thankful you are, the less you will feel sorry for yourself. And I think we are all guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves when life seems shittiest.

You will learn to focus on what you have rather than what you need.

6. Do everything for your best friend

And by your best friend, I mean YOURSELF. Workout to make yourself happy. Not to look good for the boy next door. Do good in school to have a bright future. Not to make more money than your siblings. Make your bed. Not to make your roommate happy, but to start your day off right. Buy a homeless man a blanket. Not to say you did it, but to give someone love. And push yourself to be your best self for yourself.

Make the primary goal of 2019 discovering yourself and learning something new every day. Don't make 2019 about changing you but make it about becoming your best self.

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