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3 Tips When Moving to College Out of State

Sep 19, 2018 by

Moving is stressful, especially when it involves moving out-of-state to start college. Here are some ways to make the moving process and transition a little easier.

Simplify the moving process

Hire movers if you have to! If you’re moving into a dorm, a moving crew might not be necessary since furniture is already provided. But going back for your second or third year might be a bit more of a hassle due to furniture and the accumulation of items over the years. There are some fairly inexpensive moving companies, especially in college towns, which you can take advantage of.

One issue might be moving your car to the out-of-state college you’re attending. Having a car in college is great for coming home during breaks and having the freedom to go to the store when you need to. If you don’t intend to drive your car to school during the move, look into services such as enclosed auto transport.

Before moving, go through all your stuff and get rid of items you no longer use. There are donation bins at many thrift stores that support a good cause. If you want to make some extra cash, take your clothes to Plato’s Closet or a local second-hand store that gives you cash for your old stuff. This makes your load lighter when moving to another state into a tiny apartment or dorm.

Save money before moving

This is something you’ll thank yourself for later. Money might get stressful when away at college, because college is expensive and this might be the first time you’re responsible for paying for your own essentials. It’s also a good idea to not work for the first semester or year, if this is an option for you, because you don’t want to stress yourself out with an overly busy work schedule. Saving before you leave for college will lessen the stresses of added expenses.

One way to do this is to set up a summer job that is low-stress. Look into local restaurants, retail stores, or moving companies that have help wanted signs. Any bit of money saved could reduce your stress levels in the coming months when you don’t want to spend time working during school. Setting up a job like this now also gives you somewhere to come back and work during other summer and winter breaks.

If you can’t find a job for the summer or have other preoccupations, look into transcribing or remote online jobs. It is 2018, so digital jobs are an option. You may find a position with a company that’s lenient on hours. This is a way to make steady money in your free time even while at school. A continuous remote job also helps with expenses that come up while at college. There might be parties and you’ll need to purchase some new short dresses for events or cleaning supplies to pick up after your messy roommate. Having money saved for these occurrences will help you out.

Keep an open mind

College, more than anything, is about learning and growing. Try some clubs and activities you have never tried before. Trial and error is essential to growing in college. Join a sport or club that you have never done before, even if the only thing you get out of it is new friends!

Keeping yourself open to different groups or people is also important. College is the time to explore your beliefs and yourself, which can best be done by talking to a variety of others with different backgrounds than your own. Sit with a different group at lunch everyday and branch out! College is the most acceptable time to do so.

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