Does anyone else wonder where this semester went? I feel like I was just at a New Year’s Eve bash yesterday. But from somewhere out of the shadows, the end of the school year is here, and so are the moving carts.
This is the time in a student’s life when he or she truly understands the meaning of the word “nomad.” Packing and unpacking, just to pack again in three months. At this time, you regret buying that extra chair for your room, not purchasing a laptop or splitting the cost of things with your roommate. So here are a few tips to make the ungodly process of moving out of a dorm room a bit easier.
The red carts — these carts are your friends. Do not, I repeat, do not let it out of your sight. During move out people get crazy and will heist a cart from anyone who is not paying attention. Do not over pack the cart; it only causes more problems. Trying to balance a computer monitor on top of bed sheets, boxes and dishes is not possible. Yeah, you get more stuff out in one trip, but it is a balancing act all the way to the car.
Do not be nice — this is one day where nice is not an option. Take the elevator when you can, don’t let people butt in front of you. Jam yourself down the steps if other students are taking too long. Pretend you are going to get sick, people will move faster than a kid with a caffeine high. Everyone is experiencing the same anger during this hellish moving experience, so do what you have to.
Do not talk to anyone — everyone is in a bad mood. There is nothing fun about moving, so don’t try and pretend to be happy because it’s not acceptable. Actually, people that are in a good mood while moving out are annoying and are probably faking. Do you really think someone that is smiling while they carry six boxes, five hangers, four pairs of shoes, three lamps, two televisions and a partridge in a pear tree down 14 flights of stairs is happy? Chances are slim to none, and slim just left town.
Take everything that is rightfully yours — don’t back down. If you put in money to buy something, it is yours. In my mind, you might as well go out with a bang. Roommate conflicts are bound to spark up during moving, but what does it matter? You will never have to talk them again. The occasional “hello” on campus next year, but who cares? This is a time to take all of your anger out on the person you just put up with for nine months.
Don’t listen to your parents — this is your day to run the show. Be a supervisor. Tell them what to do and where to go. Get in and out as quick as possible. If they start to nag you, ignore it. They are probably more frustrated than you. Make them wait for the elevator or watch the cart. And then make them take you out to dinner to make the day all worth it.
Hopefully some of these asinine tips help. So, get to moving extremely early. Pray for sunshine. And just enjoy being pissed off, because moving back in is just around the corner.
Julie Crist can be reached at email@example.com