Wow, it's been too long since I've posted!
Since we're officially in July and most of us move to Bloomington in about a month and a half, I'm reminded of how my first few days on campus were and thought I'd share what to expect during Welcome Week and the first few days of classes.
I lived in Willkie last year and my parents and I decided to move a day earlier than the official move-in day in an attempt to beat the crowd -- which was mostly successful.
I think it's important to move into your new surroundings as soon as possible because it's a major adjustment and you won't want to worry about it during the first week of class, when you'll be worried about your classes, classmates and getting lost ... You'll feel much more comfortable, trust me. Just soak it all in.
(And a note about getting lost: That was my biggest fear when I transferred. I studied a map before classes started so I knew the general direction I was going, and don't be afraid to pocket a map -- they are really handy, even if upperclassmen make fun of you. There will also be helpers out and about the first week to point you in the right direction. You'll eventually find your way, I promise.)
I also used those first days on campus to make sure I had all the books I needed for my classes and to just explore my neighborhood. I was also able to get involved on campus and meet new people, even before classes started.
There are many student organizations that share your same interests, so keep an eye out for them. And, once classes start, you'll meet people in your degree programs that you'll find share the same interests as you, too.
I also went to some Welcome Week events and there are TONS of them to choose from. And if you live on campus, many of the dorms have events so residents can get to know each other. (Special shout-out to those of us who played Jenga in the Willkie South basement last fall, holla'!)
In general, you'll never be as free to do whatever you want as you are during Welcome Week. I even had time to chill in Dunn Meadow and read. *Spoiler alert* -- you won't have that much time to kill once classes start, so take advantage of it.
The adjustments will continue during those first few days, and weeks, of class. It's important to establish some sort of routine so you aren't randomly wandering around. And it's important to make time for friends and family -- but I'll get more into that in my next post.
In summary, there are a lot more things I wish I would have done when I moved on campus last fall, like exploring Kirkwood or walking through the heart of campus, and I'm glad I'll have another shot this year. But, before you know it, it will be time to graduate and you'll never get those chances again.
So at the risk of sounding cliche, carpe your IU diem!