Moving across the country

<p>This fall, I'll be facing a predicament, much like many other soon to be freshmen: I'll be moving into a college across the country. Considering that I'm from the upper midwest and I'll be moving out east, it's not necessarily fully cross country, but you get the idea. For those of you who also made a big move for college, what were your experiences and do you have any suggestions for anyone about to do the same? Thanks in advance.</p>

<p>where in the east are you moving?</p>

<p>I'm going to Brown University in Rhode Island.</p>

<p>yeah i want to know this too. I am going from New York to Stanford and Im kinda scared and nervous.</p>

<p>probably exhilirating for some and a challenge for others. Many years ago, when I first moved out on my own, I enjoyed almost every minute of it. I remember there were a few times when I probably felt quite lonely, but for most students who frequent this website, I doubt that will be much of a problem. </p>

<p>After the first couple of weeks with breaking the ice with the other students in your dorm and classes, I'll betcha it gets a lot easier.</p>

<p>I remember it as a great adventure, interrupted on occasion (at first) by brief periods of loneliness. When I found myself feeling lonely, I forced myself to be around other people. </p>

<p>Some students who move cross country might also feel they don't fit into the culture of either the campus or the community. Though I think if we look around, we can find any number of people who might feel the same way, and those folks can be part of our support group. The students who are the busiest with studies, clubs, groups, etc are probably the ones who will find the adjustment the easiest.</p>

<p>How are you guys going to move all your stuff?</p>

<p>flying with my family and putting all my stuff in their luggage.
seling the stuff i cant bring and buying new stuff when i get up there</p>

<p>I have been thinking about the same thing this past week. I'm from Portland Oregon, and I'm moving into my dorm at Babson College in Wellesley MA, so I am truly going across the country. I am flying a day early, packing everything I can into my parents' luggage that doesn't fit into mine, and buying the other things that I will be needing. It is going to be an amazing experience, and I can't wait to meet everyone at my new school, especially the girls.</p>

<p>I am throwing it in a car though I am pretty sure it wouldnt be so complicated that I woudl be desperate for advice if I had to do it on a plane.</p>

<p>Maybe the computer would get UPS'd because I trust them more than baggage handlers but otherwise everything else I need could get packed somehow.</p>

<p>rhode island, hmm, im from new york, its quite boring, but college parties and all. its stll close enough to visit the city once or twice</p>

<p>"yeah i want to know this too. I am going from New York to Stanford and Im kinda scared and nervous."</p>

<p>Stanford's a piece of cake...great weather, friendly people, take a 40 minute CalTrain ride to San Francisco, or find a friend with a car and go to Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Carmel/Monterey, etc. Stanford is a beautiful campus, though a little bit too quiet for me. (I prefer the liveliness and craziness of Berkeley) Downtown Palo Alto can be fun if you don't mind pretentious, laid-back yuppies.</p>

<p>The temperature is very mild (mostly 40-70 degrees), occasional rainy days from November to April and dress is yuppie casual year-round.</p>

<p>There is nothing scary about coming to Stanford.</p>

<p>I'm in an even more extreme predicament. I'm moving from Hawaii to Pennsylvania. Bring forth your stories, o veterans!</p>

<p>my S is moving from Long Island NY to San Luis Obispo CA. He will only be taking his clothes and buying what he needs when he gets there. However, he will not get a microwave, fridge or tv. If his roommate has those - great, otherwise he will do without. He is buying a new surfboard when he gets there and will pick up his snowboard when he comes home at Christmas. He will go with a laptop instead of a desktop computer.</p>

<p>There are a couple people I know going to CA just like me (although they're heading to Berkeley). We've all said we're gonna carry essentials and whatever else that fits in a suitcase with us on the plane, then have our parents send whatever else we need by Fedex.</p>

<p>During the summers, I'm probably going to keep some of my stuff in a rental storage unit.</p>

<p>Im moving from Alabama to Washington, D.C. in two weeks and I am going crazt trying to figureout what to do. But, this is what I have come up with so far. I bought a laptop computer and I'm selling a lot of my old clothes and electronics on Ebay. My parents are selling my car and we are all flying there, so I will pack my stuff in their luggage. We all can use two bags and a carry on. I dont think I have that much stuff too take. Only take the most important things and buy larger stuff when you get there.</p>

<p>Intruding a bit on the kids' side - in the Parent Cafe there is a permanent thread about "Now that decisions are in". Mostly it covers what sheets and coats to buy, and links to some great threads from last summer, but there is also some info about cross country moves - fpr example, you and your parents can set up your own UPS account that both can access online. From that account you can register a package, print labels, pay, etc. Then the package can just be dropped off at a UPS pick-up point without waiting in line, etc. Check that thread out.</p>

<p>Oh and 3.97, daughter too is going from Alabama to NH, her plan is very similar to yours, she's purging her closets and drawers, buying a lot after she gets there.</p>

<p>Good advice to all of you - dorm rooms are SMALL, and those nifty storage devices hold a lot of stuff, but they can make the room seem crowded - the less stuff, the better.</p>

<p>Wow, thanks for all the wonderful advice, guys! Sounds great!</p>

<p>Also, cangel, would you mind posting a link? I can't seem to find that thread. Thanks!</p>

<p>Hey Dani, I'm moving from Hawaii to Chicago! It's definitely going to take some adjusting.</p>