Students living in the residence halls should begin thinking about what to bring to campus. Remember, residence hall rooms are typically smaller than a traditional bedroom, so it might not be a good idea to bring everything from home. When deciding what to bring, think about what is used on a daily basis. begin to develop a list of items to bring from home and also those items that need to be purchased. planning ahead will alleviate some of the stress as Move-In Day approaches.
Regardless of whether students are living on campus or commuting, students and families should begin to talk about expectations for each other. Consider topics like: communication, visits home and/or expectations at home, grades, alcohol, budgets, drugs, academic integrity, finances, friends, and jobs. Discussing these topics before arriving on campus allows students and families to understand and agree upon expectations.
Be prepared for the range of emotions that will be experienced in the weeks and months ahead. It is normal to feel excited, scared, hopeful, anxious, and nervous. Know that nearly 1700 other new UWRF students are feeling the same way and everyone reacts differently to all the stress and excitement.