4 Reminders to Ease the Transition Back to Ames

by Andy Fogerty

Well guys, it’s that time of year again. August is nigh upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to go back. As the summer ends, here’s some tips and reminders to help with the moving process:


  1. Make time to pack

With so much to get in before the summer ends, it can be easy to forget about this vital part of moving. My suggestion is to set aside a day (or two, if you have a lot of stuff) to pack and get everything ready. I use the last day before I leave so that I don’t accidentally pack away something I’m going to need before I leave.


  1. Talk to your roommate(s)

Whether you have a random roommate or you’re living with your best friend, make sure you talk to them before you leave. The last thing you want is to arrive in Ames to find out you have two TVs but no futon. Coordinate what you’re bringing; it can make things much cheaper for everyone. Plus, if you live close to them (like me), you can split the cost of renting a small moving truck for the large items.


  1. Order your textbooks

I always forget to do this, but make sure to look on AccessPlus for the textbooks you need for the semester. Then browse around online to find the cheapest price (hint: it’s not the campus bookstore). I’ve found Amazon is a good place to start, but there are other places too! The easiest way to find exactly what you need is to search by the book’s ISBN. Renting or buying used books is another good way to bring the price tag down.


  1. Enjoy the rest of summer!

School isn’t here yet, so make sure to have fun! Hang out with your friends, go swimming, do whatever you feel like, just don’t forget to enjoy the rest of the summer. Once classes start again, you won’t have nearly as much free time, and the warm weather will be gone before you know it. So get outside and have fun while you have the time!


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