Planning for College Move-in Day in Oklahoma City--Getting There is Half the Enjoyment

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving to College

Summer time consistently flies by, nevertheless, if you're the parent of a soon-to-be-college freshman, it will go at warp pace. Typically the to-do list appears to be never-ending, and also at the end of the list may be the massive question--how can you get all the things from your residence to the university in Oklahoma City? In case your child is beginning school down the highway and you've got a minivan, you should congratulate yourself and find something else to read. When your child's dream university is across the nation and also you are living in the town and also drive a Prius, moving to Oklahoma City are usually a real concern. Here are several ideas to help you to maneuver down the checklist, so you can enjoy your final couple of weeks with your fledgling.

Getting It Together

Nowadays, the internet can make school shopping a piece of cake. A lot of merchants offer a college checklist page which also provides a registry--kind of like when you got married, only bathroom towels and sheets for just one. You can even buy from your house and grab your things nearby campus in Oklahoma City, or shop online and have your order shipped right to the dormitory. As an additional advantage, many places give free postage when you spend over a specific amount. This Age group whatever the letter grew up using the web thus, to them, every other way to get all set for college appears to be strange.

In case your kid wants to go shopping in person, a starting point ought to be someplace for large bins--an assortment of sizes, meaning you can leave some there (determine what the under-bed clearance is; storage is a premium) and also re-use them on move-out day. (Young people move lots, if you have forgotten.) Tag the bins with masking tape, again so they can be utilized again.

Packing attire is particular to your circumstances, not a one-size-fits-all approach. Some parts of the country have a fairly steady climate, where wintertime means a heavy jacket and lasts two to three weeks. Quite a few campuses are substantial and pupils walk quite a bit, others are small in size and urban. Your son or daughter's university may very well be local, so swapping out a set of clothing is easy. Or, it could be thousands of miles far away and every little thing for that year goes at one time. No matter how many bags you bring, leave only a duffle bag and perhaps a hanging bag there--space is tight, and you may bring the whole set of bags back in May.

Getting It There

Again, each and every scenario is distinctive, but there is one constant. If you don't happen to live across the road from the campus in Oklahoma City, you need to get all that stuff from home to school. Here are a few choices for moving to Oklahoma City, go ahead and merge and match.

· Driving Yourself--if you possess an truck or perhaps two and your trip is not much more than a couple of hundred miles, you'll be able to most likely load up and move. If you've ordered the necessities on the internet and they're coming to the dormitory, you could be capable of getting away with a single car. The drawback to driving an extended range is the fact that means time away from work for you, and accommodations along the way. It may also mean babysitters for younger sisters and brothers, or pet boarding, therefore consider costs you may incur.

· Flying--some students are independent and are happy to be dropped off at the airport terminal. Flying may be suitable for some families, and you can ship all their stuff ahead of time so it's there as soon as you arrive. Checking suitcases incurs significant cash, so shipping is usually the only thing that is sensible with traveling by plane.

· Hiring Movers--may appear lavish, but in the long term can be quite a truly handy option. If you have that Prius and are considering renting a sport utility vehicle as well as the expenses that go with an extended journey, using the services of professional movers in Oklahoma City could save you both money and time. Jump in the Prius and meet up with the movers at the dorm--and you will be getting help actually moving the boxes.

Now that you've chosen the logistics for moving Junior to the dorm room, begin your list for your actual moving to Oklahoma City. Quite a few educational institutions move in on a weekday (the more likely to wreak havoc on mom's or dad's work schedules), hence the first thing you will need to do is confirm the date and request the time off. Here are some other suggestions to think about.

· Student Help--Most universities have student volunteers that will help you unpack and move cartons, and set up any furniture (if you're using a loft, confirm they will be accessible for that). These students are great sources regarding dinning establishments, also.

· Stairs or Elevators--If you happen to be lucky enough to have a building with an elevator, get ready to wait in a long, long, line. Odds are good you will need to contend with stairways in its place; possibly up three or four flights.

· Check-in--Student Housing offices are usually a good distance from the actual university students in addition to their housing. Before you decide to get a parking place at the dorm and commence unloading, be sure you may get inside the building. Schools vary on check-in policies--some have staff members at the dorms distributing ID cards as well as keys, others, you must stop by the office to let them know you are there and get going.

· Cleaning Supplies--College dorms usually are not known to excel in cleanness. They're cleaned in between inhabitants, but not to five-star resort standards--and may not get cleaned once again until May. Take with you some wipes and a dry mop in order to dust the surfaces and flooring, plus a small caddy of essential cleaning products to leave. Some schools have housekeeping services, but many do not and teenagers haven't become far more conscientious regarding cleaning in the recent years. (Some things never change.)

· Rentals--Find out the price to rent a mini-fridge and microwave from your college, and figure out whether it's less expensive than purchasing. Consider things such as maintenance and also transportation to and from your home whenever you make your decision--they're each affordable to purchase, however, if something wrong happens, it is your issue.

· Parent Programming--Find out just what kinds of activities are organized for moms and dads on moving day. If you're headed to sizeable state school, there won't be a whole lot offered except if your son or daughter is an athlete or in the honors school or something along those lines. Smaller sized schools are more apt to make available coffee and muffins plus a bit of hand-holding.

· Bring Snacks--If you are parents which arrive having bagels as well as donuts for the student help, they'll love you as well as put in a bit of extra hard work with your boxes. Pack a cooler with water and snacks for yourselves, too. It's going to be a long day.

· Be Comfortable--Wherever you might be, moving in day will be the hottest day of the year. Except in cases where it will be the rainiest. Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfy sneakers, but do not embarrass your child with dad socks and flip flops.

· Allotted Parking--Find out if perhaps there will be allotted parking places close to the doors, and if so the length of time is it possible to reserve one. You will probably have 20-30 minutes to unload, after that go park in another lot for the box moving and set up.

After you have unloaded as well as unpacked in Oklahoma City, then it's time if you want to head out. Allow yourself a few minutes to say adios and then leave with your head held high along with your sniffles in check until you're out of the parking zone.

A well-used custom of leaving small notes stowed within pockets is a great one--just a line to let your freshman know you are thinking about them is a nice gesture, and it is your choice exactly how serious or amusing you would like to be. However you connect, just keep doing it.

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