College can be life-changing for students and their families. For many, it is a first experience with living away from home. While it is an exciting time, it can also be filled with adjustments.
Move-in day, while well-organized on campus, can be a very stressful day for parents and students. President and Mrs. Machtley, Bryant staff, members of the Bryant Bulldogs football team, and student volunteers will all be on-hand to help new students settle into campus.
As you shop, pack, and prepare for Move-in Day, please keep the following in mind:
Residence halls are spacious but they will not accommodate everything students may want to have for the entire school year. With a post office on campus, students and parents can easily ship personal items throughout the year. Students should also swap warm weather/cold weather clothes during semester holidays or breaks.
Moving can be physically strenuous. Please note that not all residence halls have elevators or air-conditioning, so bringing fewer things on campus means less to carry up and down the stairs.
Lastly, all first-year students who reside on campus will have a roommate. We encourage all students to coordinate with their roommate during the summer to avoid bringing multiples of large items such as televisions, mini refrigerators, or ironing boards.
Bring items back home after they've been unpacked
Hand trucks and hard suitcases are great tools for moving. However, they take up a lot of room so we recommend that parents take these items back home. Collapsible duffel bags are a good luggage option that can remain with each student since they can easily be stored in a closet or underneath a bed when they're not in use.
Extra snacks and beverages in the room
Bryant offers many options for dining and snacking on campus, but many students like to keep food in their rooms to supplement their meal plans. There are a number of supermarkets and home supply shops close to campus. We recommend that students purchase these items after they have unpacked their personal belongings rather than bring them from home so that they have a realistic sense of the amount of food and water they can fit in their rooms.
In the midst of all the excitement of settling into rooms, meeting roommates and new friends, and learning more about Bryant, parents and families will have to say good-bye and give one last hug before leaving their child on campus. Move-in Day is the beginning of the Bryant Experience which is a weekend filled with activities and events, and students are anxious to take part as quickly as they can. Although parents and families may want to linger with their child, we advise that farewells be kept brief. Remember, Thanksgiving break is only a couple of months away.