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Move-In Day?

papermachepapermache Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited August 2012 in University of Rochester
What is move-in day like for freshmen? Are there places for parents to park? Is it a quick process?

Also, what is orientation like?
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  • PinotNoirPinotNoir Registered User Posts: 2,554 Senior Member
    papermache - move in day runs very smoothly. You'll get assigned to arrive in the morning or the afternoon (and I think your roommate gets the other half of the day, just so you aren't both unpacking at the same time). You'll arrive at a parking lot (they'll tell you where) and wait while you get some paperwork, your key (!!!), and a Capella groups and bands are running around performing. We waited there about an hour or so. From there, they'll waive you on to the dorm. When you pull up, groups of upperclassmen will cheer when you pull up, and then about 6 students will descend upon your car, load all your stuff onto a cart, and take it up to your room for you (it takes all of two minutes). You can go on up with them, but at least one parent will have to then drive the car over to a different parking lot - it probably says where in either the paperwork you get this week about move in, or the paperwork they give you with your key. It's very easy!

    After you unpack a little, you head over to the fieldhouse (I think) to get your ID and other stuff. Then there are floor meetings and stuff like that. I think your floor will eat together that first night. On day 2 there are panel discussions and programs for both you and your parents (most separately). I think the 2nd day is when there's a big convocation on the quad and the president and deans make speeches and welcome the Class of 2016. If your parents have stuck around for orientation, they can take you out to dinner that night, then drop you back off and that's when they're supposed to drive away. You'll have lots scheduled during orientation - activities with floor mates, meeting with an adviser and signing up for classes, a midnight ice cream social on the quad, an activities fair where you can sign up for the mailing list for any group you want. Just lots of stuff. :)
  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    The convocation is worth going to as a parent. Some of the orientation panels are interesting too.

    Move-in can be really smooth but there can be delays and hiccups. It will happen. Remember, you can head out to Target, Walmart, etc. to get anything you need after you see the room.

    BTW, my kid is a summer RA. Supposed to move out of the room on I think the 12th but not allowed to move into the new dorm until at least the 13th. (By new dorm, I mean the brand new one. An RA there this year.) So yes there are hiccups. Or as my kid put it, "ResLife fail." When we moved in freshman year - early move-in - there was no one in the office with keys so the kids had to stand around while their parents sat with the luggage in front of the room doors. It happens. It works itself out. Not a big deal.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,817 Senior Member
    Also if you ship yourself packages (which you may need to do if you're flying in from far away), be prepared for loooonnnnngggg lines at the post office. The people at the post office are helpful and efficient, but the carts for hauling multiple heavy packages across campus are in high demand and there's always a wait to get one

    Again, no big and if you decide the wait isn't worth it--the post office is open 6 days/week.
  • beast58beast58 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi All,

    My son is moving in August 17th as a freshman football player. I'm sure its much less hectic to get into rooms etc but are RA's and others ( D'lions) there already to make his transition easier outside of football ? Are all things ( dining places / book stores etc ) open that week ??

    And BTW we are planning on coming back up on Aug 23rd for Orientation ( despite the 5.5 hour drive lol) as we're looking forward to the convocation and stuff...

  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    As I remember, because the sports teams are on campus - plus a handful of others - there is limited dining available. Not the full schedule, but some. I don't know about the book store.

    On the floor will be the RA and maybe a few others who are there early. And the other teams will be there too, male and female.

    It's a pretty relaxed way to get used to the dorms and school.
  • MADadMADad Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    D had an afternoon move in time. Since we were already in town (live 8 hrs away), we went down late morning to do the ID/set up a bank account/etc. stuff early, which left more time to help her set up until the welcoming ceremony on the quad.

    Those 4 years will go by in a blink! Already looking forward to re-visiting Rochester area when retired--wife and I liked the area very much, as each August/May trip became a mini vacation, given the distance we were traveling.

    Have some Dinosaur BBQ for me, please????????????
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,817 Senior Member
    Or Sticky Lips BBQ!!! Both are wonderful.
  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    Dinosaur has better sides but Sticky Lips may have better meats, plus portions that verge on too large. It's also got that thing of being more of a Rochester secret. Best deal is Dinosaur sells their sauces for very little.

    If the line at the Chase on campus is long and you need to open an account, there is a Chase branch on Monroe in S. Wedge/Swillburg.

    Of course now my kid at UR is vegetarian. And the one who was always vegetarian is now eating meat but lives in LA.
  • MADadMADad Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    Interesting, Lergnom.

    Never got to try Sticky Lips, but brother in law did. He didn't like it as much as Dinosaur. Then again, so-so BBQ is better than excellent anything else!!
  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    Dinosaur hits the ambience exactly right. Sticky Lips is more of a place, more of a local place. Research says ambience affects how we perceive the quality of the food. You can be more tuned into one than the other and experience that difference.
  • lavender12lavender12 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Some things that helped the move-in process and things we learned last year that I wanted to share.
    1. D opened her Chase account before she left for school. Had her ATM/Debit card and checks ahead of time. Move-in is hectic enough and it was one less line for her to wait on. Also, having the ATM/Debit card came in really handy for her after we left for those things she still needed (or wanted LOL).
    2. The Target and Bed Bath and Beyond in Pittsford are very well stocked and very prepared for college students. The people working in the stores were super-nice and helpful. BBB will take multiple and expired coupons.
    3. Wegman's - a dream grocery store. Anything and everything you need to stock a dorm room refrigerator. Great selection of natural, organic and gluten free foods.

    And, if you have time after dropping off your freshman and going to orientation activities, there are many wonderful wineries near Rochester. We live over 18 hours away and had no idea until we did research about the area...so if you like wine, it is a fun activity. We also visited the George Eastman House which was fascinating and Niagara Falls isn't too far away. King and I for Thai food, and downtown Pittsford has a lot of great restaurants.

    Lastly, bring your tool kit...ours came in very handy for putting together futons and bookcases, etc...the rooms are huge! My d and her roommate got bookcases and a futon at Target among lots of other things for their room. if your child wants their bed lofted, sign up immediately. It is first-come, first-served and still takes a couple of weeks before maintenance shows up.

    Good luck!
  • papermachepapermache Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Thanks everyone! And where is this parking lot for new students to meet at? Is it easy to find?
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,817 Senior Member
    It's easy to find. You'll get a map with the move-in instructions. There's also signage all over the place.

    It's across from the south end of Strong Hospital and is just south of River campus.

    You can approach campus either from the south on Kendrick from South Campus and I-300 or across the river from the west on Elmwood Rd.
  • Asia6000Asia6000 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    hi everyone i was wondering if anyone could tell me my chances of getting into appelby college. my average mark for this year was 92 and last year it was 96, i also take arabic classes in my school as a mandatory class for credit
  • MADadMADad Registered User Posts: 1,937 Senior Member
    Asia6000: ??????????????????
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