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Things to look forward to

Replace nervous excitement with just plain excitement

Are you nervous? Maybe excited? Maybe fearful? Maybe so ready to get out of your house and move in that you can’t even sleep at night? Well, it’s all pretty normal.

There is nothing wrong with being nervous or a little apprehensive. Making this transition can be kinda overwhelming if you have never lived away from home. When you are packing, you can help ease your nerves by putting together things to help you stay connected to home without having the feelings of needing to go home every weekend. Bring picture frames of your best friends and family members. Get a webcam and a Skype account, so you are able to see your family and friends when you talk to them.

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What to pack

Should I bring this?

Packing can be super-stressful when you are trying to figure out how to move your whole life into one room that you have to share with someone you might have never met. Those who know how to pack best are those who pack smart – this means that you don’t bring every little thing that has been in the room you’ve had since you were three.

Residence hall rooms aren’t meant to be storage closets. Bring the essentials and the finishing touches that make your room feel like home, but you are going to have to leave things at home.

First things first – check out the list of things are ok to bring with you and the list of things that are NOT allowed in the residence hall rooms. There is no point in taking up extra space in the minivan with things that are just going to have to go back home.

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Making the Transition from High School to College

High school is over

College is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Yes, I know that sounds awfully like a greeting card or a sappy graduation speech, but it’s so true. I’m nowhere close to the same person I was when I got to UNC. I really have become a better version of myself.  How did this happen? I was able to hold onto the great things about high school, while realizing that high school was over and that I needed to really let some things go. It can be hard because, for some people, they have been going to school with the same friends since pre-school. Now, they are splitting up and going to different colleges. It’s definitely a balancing act, but you can do it.

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