It's important to understand that students who have a below-average GPA are probably hooked or have a compelling story. Athletes, legacies, URMs might have lower than average GPAs. If you are a ORM from a suburban competitive high school, the odds are even more against you. Be sure to have match and safety schools that you like and can afford.
I would say kids at both UVM and UNH seemed pretty relaxed and down to earth, with UVM having the edge in "down to earthness." We saw an abundance of kids at both schools wearing Birkenstocks, flip flops and school swag. I would say probably UNH had a few more preppy kids, but I would not describe the student body as preppy. As I said, I think there were similar students at both schools. The outdoorsy vibe was definitely more noticeable at UVM, whereas UNH felt a bit more "collegiate." But both gave very good impressions.
Oh boy, I am so excited because I get to post two new college reports!!!
University of Vermont: Stayed the same. I knew it was going to be great, and it was. Lots of lovely new buildings, and the campus, though there is a lot of construction (a good sign), is attractive. We picked the best day. Everyone seemed happy and relaxed. Kids everywhere, riding bikes, skateboarding, laying in the grass, working out, even lots studying in the library, despite amazing weather and their "students study the least" top 20 ranking:-) We had a tour with a friend's daughter who attends, which was nice. I thought it was perfect for my casual, outdoorsy son.
The location is AMAZING! Burlington wins a prize for being the best college town I have ever seen. Wow! The lake is right there, skiing nearby, biking trails all over the place. What's not to love? There was a negative for my son though. He loves to work out and the gym facilities were really poor. Weird, unconnected rooms with chest-high doors (can anyone explain those weird, short doors?) no natural light, pretty ugly and just not good. For him, that might be enough to ruin it. He had never visited a college before (except for Bates, where sis goes) so he had no frame of reference to compare to. But he will most likely apply.
University of New Hampshire: WOW! This has moved way, way up the list, from not having any idea about what to expect, to thinking this could possibly be his dream school. First, the campus is gorgeous. There was some building work going on, which again, is a good thing. We saw some beautiful facilities. We loved the woodsy section behind the student union. The business college was impressive. The admissions desk was soooo enthusiastic, and super knowledgable. My son was given a free lunch voucher, and he thought the food choices were good, though it was super busy when we ate and it was hard to find a table. The kids seemed quite similar to the kids we saw at UVM, though, IMO, it was noticeably less diverse than UVM, or seemed that way.
For my son, this school has some major pluses. Great big new stadium and school spirit are important to him, so he loved seeing that as we drove in. The visitor parking lot is at the gym, so we went there first and....I am still scraping my jaw off the floor. Utterly beautiful and Heaven on earth for him. Shame they had just closed the outdoor heated pool for the season. The location is great, close to the beach and ski slopes. The Amtrak has a station on campus, and it's an hour to Boston or 90 minutes to Portland. Just amazing. The town seemed almost non-existent, but we didn't have time to explore beyond the street that extends from campus. A bit disappointing honestly, but I don't think that matters to my son.
We then went up to my beloved Bates to visit my daughter for the afternoon, and while it is practically perfect in every way, it was a little weird to go from a school of 12,000 to one of 1800. It was also useful for my son to realize that he definitely wants a bigger campus. One thing I really love about Bates is that there truly is a mix of all kinds of students. I notice it every time I go there, and there is no one type of Batesie. As people are curious about dorms, we saw none at either UVM or UNH, but I have seen quite a few at Bates and they are generally pretty spacious. The newer dorms are just gorgeous, but the older ones are fine.
We went to the downtown area in Lewiston for dinner, and the town is definitely revitalizing things. There are some warehouse developments, some cool new restaurants (Ben's Burritos, fantastic!), a new bookstore, a theater, nice public spaces, attractive plantings on street corners, a museum, and other positive developments. There are also some nice neighborhoods in Lewiston that we had never seen before. So while Lewiston is certainly not a rich town, it's good to see that there are civic improvements. We also saw quite a few placards in front yards for the upcoming election. Lewiston is really growing on me.
I agree that you should get yourself to the counseling center asap. This reads as, "I actually have a bunch of good reasons to stay where I am and I don't know why I feel so anxious." This is an issue of you needing treatment. You have given no reasons for WHY you feel anxious and depressed. Go see a doctor or psychiatrist right away too, because to me, you absolutely sound as though you need to begin using some medication such as Zoloft or lexapro. These medicines will correct the chemical imbalance in your brain, which is the source of your issues, and they are very effective.
I think transferring at this point will cause a huge amount of stress and anxiety. Home is a place you feel safe, so it's natural to want to go there. Leaving behind freinds you really like is also causing anxiety. A counselor can help confirm if you have an underlying issue that needs treatment. Make an appt asap. Good luck.
Call the housing office, or email. Explain the situation. There will probably be upperclassmen who will help move your things into your room. AT the very least, the housing office might be able to help find a volunteer to help you.
It makes sense to get your bed set up first, as bedding items are bulky. Then you can also put things on your bed to make floor space. Get as much into the closet as you can, and sort those things out later. Ideally, you want to have a bunch of stuff on hangers already, because you can just lift it right onto the rail. Then put things under your bed that you won't be using as much. Hopefully you have some under-bed storage containers with things such as extras sheets and towels, etc... Save the little things like desk items, etc... for last.