You may have been following along with my daughter Kylie’s college-search journey through my blogs in the past. My last blog discussed our experience with her initial registration, orientation, and advising experience in May of her senior year of high school. Well, the adventure continues, with Kylie beginning her freshman year at a Midwestern, four-year private liberal arts college within driving distance of our home.
Kylie received her roommate matches (she is in a triple) at the end of July and was on Facebook within minutes to see her new roommates. The three girls connected through texting and were soon getting to know each other with the help of technology, a full month before they would meet face to face. That opportunity to interact and share their expectations for living together helped to increase the comfort level Kylie had for move-in day. (I don’t know about you, but I had one very awkward phone call with my freshman roommate before I moved in, and it took us a long time to feel comfortable together!)
Kylie received regular communications from the college in the month before she was expected on campus. Not only did these letters and postcards serve to share what she needed to know in advance of arriving on campus, they also continued to communicate enthusiasm about welcoming her to the college, which helped to build Kylie’s excitement. As her parent, I also received several communications, but more on that in a future blog.
Move-in day arrived on a hot, August Saturday, but the college paid careful attention to making the process go as smoothly as possible. As we drove onto campus, students with signs pointed us in the right direction and gave us welcoming waves. Campus staff confirmed that we were in the right place and directed us where to park. The residence hall staff greeted Kylie warmly and provided her with her welcome packet. By the time we returned to our car a few minutes later, a team of students had already swooped in and carried all of Kylie’s belongings to her top floor dorm room. (Too bad this is a service that is only provided to incoming freshman; I am sure we will miss it on move-in day next year!) These personal touches combined to ease our anxiety.