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Moving in tomorrow...please help?

peacefulmompeacefulmom Registered User Posts: 708 Member
edited August 2010 in Emory University
Can someone please describe the moving-in experience. My daughter has a noon time and I am wondering if there will be people to help and also how easy it will be to unload boxes and suitcases. Is it generally smooth or very hectic? I won't have access to email for private messages so I would appreciate any info you could share in the thread. Thanks.
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Replies to: Moving in tomorrow...please help?

  • movinmommovinmom Registered User Posts: 421 Member
    My D just graduated so move in was four years ago...but....it was easy. There were lots of kids on hand to help, elevators, dollies, etc. We were able to park right in front of her dorm to unload and then moved to one of the parking lots - Fishburn behind the library was very convenient to her dorm.
  • peacefulmompeacefulmom Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    Thank you. I called housing this morning and had a very concerning conversation with the woman who answered the phone. I am glad to know that it is better than she described. Has anyone moved into fevans in the past few years? Any information you can share will be greatly apprecited.
  • emorydeacemorydeac Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    My son was a freshman in Few last year and the "move in" was well organized and ran smoothly. There were plenty of students around to help with carrying boxes etc esp for females. She will love living in fevans.
  • emorydeacemorydeac Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    You will line up along eagle drive, unload your belongings in front of the dorm, park your vehicle in a parking lot and usually/magically most of her "stuff" has been transported to her room. But, yes, it is a busy day.
  • peacefulmompeacefulmom Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    Thank you so much! Did your son look at the courses before he arrived or did he seek advice from his advisor? My daughter hasn't researched classes or professors. I am a little concerned because many colleges have a longer orientation and have already selected classes. What was his experience? Thanks again!
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    You do understand that orientation isn't only tomorrow/Sunday right? Normally it's a 1-1.5 week process. Over that period, your daughter should get lots of guidance in such areas. As for courses, she could use learnlink class comments for such things. Hopefully some of her courses/professors of interest are discussed there. If not, I'm sure they can ask undergrad. PACE advisors, OLs (orientation leaders), and perhaps SA/RAs. And as for longer orientation periods, I'm guessing that you are referring to schools that do those summer orientations. Normally, those are larger schools. You will find that many medium-sized/larger private schools use Emory's method. From what I know, even FASET at Tech is essentially using the same method. The primary difference, however, is that orientation events here technically start later (but there are also plenty of pre-orientation events that get students acquainted with members of the student body and particular organizations) with respect to the beginning of classes and persist into the period when classes start.
    I don't know what happened in that conversation about moving, but I imagine it may have regarded the traffic, which can be tough if you are unlucky enough to show up at some un-named peak hour. Parking here is not that pleasant either (this is actually somewhat intentional, so as to discourage excessive use of cars on campus). But while your concerns are legit, I think you and your daughter should be fine. Y'all may be lucky enough to have president Wagner unload your stuff ;) lol.
  • peacefulmompeacefulmom Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    Thank you, Bernie. Although I haven't posted much, you have been a great resource. From what I saw, classes begin Wednesday and advising begins Monday with registration starting Tuesday. Not much time in my opinion to get much guidance. She has had a frustrating time accessing rhe class comments section, though I am sure it can be done. Have you found that there is a wide range of capabilities between profs teaching the same classes? Also are there several classes that you would recommend for a non science and math major. Thanks so much. Feel free to PM me. I realize that I do have access.
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    I don't know what type of classes your daughter is interested in. Most of the religion classes are good. I've taken enough to understand why the Theology School is top notch. Political and history are extremely solid too, but the intro. classes for those can be really lame. If she isn't planning to major in history or political science, most of the special topics courses are really good. You can preview some of the ones that will be taught in the fall on Emory's YouTube page now if you wanted to. Psychology here is extremely good too. Admittedly, the psyche dept. here is much tougher than most universities though. It's far more "science-oriented" than those at other places due the emphasis on heavy emphasis on neuroscience at Emory. As for variation in teaching ability, I must be honest and say that it most certainly occurs, but there are certainly more amazing/solid profs, than bad ones. Many may be only mediocre/good. The better profs. tend to be the tougher graders. Since they teach well, they expect more. Overall, however, grading schemes in humanities and social sciences is much more unpredictable than the hard sciences. Normally it takes some trial and error to figure out your prof. and what they want. Basically, once you get the first paper or test back, you know the deal.
  • phaethphaeth Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Don't forget there is close to a week of add/drop so she will have an extended window to try out classes and make adjustments. It's not uncommon for me to switch out 1-2 classes per semester.

    As for class choice, just make sure to knock out a few GERs. You can't really go wrong, especially at the 100 level.

    Breathe Mom, your daughter is going to be just fine.
  • Colleges00701Colleges00701 - Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    It was easy, upperclassmen (orientation leaders, sophomore advisers, and RA's) help you load stuff into your room.

    Her faculty adviser should be a great resource for advice in what classes to take......
  • peacefulmompeacefulmom Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    Thanks everyone. We just got home from dropping her at school and everyone was so helpful. A large grouping of kids actually carried all of her stuff from the car up to the dorm saving us many many trips. We were so appreciative!

    I haven't spoken with her about any of the class advising, but I will let you know how it goes. Bernie, thanks for the reassurance surrounding the general high quality of teaching. I agree with you that the better teachers are often the harder graders. I really don't care as much about the grading as I do about the education. I would much rather her have a lower GPA and to have learned a lot than have a higher GPA with easier teachers. At the end of the day, you take your mind with you and not your grade, best in my opinion that it should be challenged.

    Thanks again!
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