Opening Day, August 21, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010 is Opening Day for the Fall Semester!  The announced time for Opening is 8:00 a.m.  Check-in for first year students in the McCormick Road and Alderman Road Areas takes place out in front of the building you are assigned to.  In Gooch-Dillard and the Residential Colleges, there is one general check in place for everyone, in each complex.  Please look at the Opening Newsletter on the Housing Division Web page for specific instructions and for driving directions.

My general recommendations are: 1) Get Here Early.  We have the keys and staff ready to begin before 8am.  The area on Grounds and in town leading to the residence halls does not handle the traffic well and by 9am things can be backed up.  If you are here early enough to beat the rush, you can unload quickly.  2) If you are from in-State, don’t bring everything for the whole year…  Make your life easy on opening day and just bring what you need for the first couple of weeks.  3)Make use of the Greeters to help you move in.  There will be hundreds of upperclass students here as volunteers to assist you.  Don’t be shy about grabbing a group of them and getting them to help you.  4) Be considerate of your roommate.  Make sure that you work with them to set up how the space in the room will be divided and/or shared.  First impressions are important and you want to get off to a positive start.  5) Please move your vehicle to the stadium parking lot as soon as you finish unloading.  Please help give others room to get close to unload.  Don’t wait until you finished decorating the room to come back out to move your vehicle.  6) Take your cardboard boxes out to the recyling areas.  Don’t leave any trash in the hallways.  With people carrying things in it’s a trip hazard and with everyone moving in the trash can pile up quickly.  7) Make sure that you meet your Resident Assistant (RA).  He or she is a key person in your Orientation to the University and should be able to either answer any of your immediate questions, or direct you to the resources you need.

We are looking forward to  your arrival!

If for some reason you aren’t able to come on the 21st, you can always come later.  Sunday the 22nd is a very quiet day to move in.  You may miss a few activities, but your RA and friends can help you with any information you’ve missed.



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