So the time is here. You spent your summer binging on Netflix, or going to Europe, or something amazing in between. Now you have to pack up all your belongings with family and friends and drive to UCSB. It took me three days to drive here from Georgia, but I know some people only live a couple hours away. Either way the drive, plane, or train ride to the campus is going to be an adventure of a lifetime. You’ll receive your move in date and time slot (and freak out because how in the world are you supposed to move everything into your room in a couple hours?) Don’t worry! You can unpack everything out of your car in 15 minutes, which is the amount of time you have to get everything out of your car so that the car line can move. I suggest packing everything in boxes and being as organized as possible. This will make the move from the car line to unpacking in your room less stressful!
My advice. DON’T STRESS. Everyone on move-in day weekend is going through the same nerve wrecking thing. The great thing about move-in day is that campus staff has everything set up for you and will welcome you with food, music, and a bunch of excitement! (My first year I received delicious cookies.) So while my parents were facing empty nest syndrome, I was having the time of my life surrounded by the beautiful weather, cookies, and staff that made me feel safe. I remember freaking out and wondering how I was going to make friends. I was out of state, had a different accent, and felt like I stuck out from everyone else that had friends from their high school with them. What I didn’t know is that I was WRONG!
This is the time where everyone is friendly so don’t be afraid to join a group of people playing volleyball or sit with a group of people at the dining commons. The beautiful campus and the friendly people will make the transition into a college student much easier. Here are some tips that helped me during my Move-In Weekend:
1. Meet your RA (they are your first friend at UCSB and they haven’t even met you yet)
2. Get to know your floor mates, because they just might become your life long friends.
3. Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
4. Trust your own decisions, it has gotten you this far.
5. Don’t be afraid to try something new or out of your comfort zone. It just might be the best decision you ever made.