Evolution of move-in day means little stress for students and families

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For students moving across the state or even from a different country, moving into the dorms is an exciting and nerve-wracking day for freshmen and their parents. Housing and Residence Life has worked hard over the years to make the process as smooth and streamlined as possible.

With over 700 volunteers amongst staff, faculty and students, the process of move-in has evolved into a straightforward one, where troubleshooting problems is an easy fix.

All students have a move-in time specific to their dorm building and floor. They begin at the first station in the Rec Center, where they get their keys and are shown where their room assignment is. This movement through “stations” works to familiarize incoming students with the campus and to give them the tools to ask questions if the need arises.

Kenzie Coe is a freshman psychology major and moved from Southern California to come to Boise State. She is living in the Honors College Hall and relied on the RAs to help when her key was lost.

“I have loved every second of (move-in) so far,” Coe said. “The RAs made me feel comfortable when I found out they lost my keys; I didn’t feel worried about it at all. I have felt very welcomed.”

Amanda Khampha-Rockrohr is an assistant director (AD) and aids as a guide to the Resident Directors (RD), who are charged with leading the different residential communities on campus.

By having the first station contained in the Rec center for the past few years, the move-in process has become easier, according to Khampha-Rockrohr. This year, Housing and Residence Life made another check-in area at Towers Hall in order to pull some of the traffic to that part of campus.

“It also helps us set up a vibrant and exciting entrance for a new chapter in students’ lives with balloons, music, and smiling faces,” Khampha-Rockrohr wrote in an email.

Resident Assistants (RA) from every community are at the Rec on move-in day to help answer any questions and direct students to their correct dorm halls. An RA is assigned to every floor of a dorm hall, and they act as a mentor to make sure all residents are safe.

Dele Ogunrinola is a senior biochemistry major and is a third-year RA. During his first year, he was an RA for the Honors College Sawtooth Hall, but the past two years has been an RA for fourth-floor in Keiser Hall.

“I immediately go for humor (with students),” Ogunrinola said. “That’s the thing that I go for (sic) is, ‘Welcome to the floor, I am your glorified hall monitor. You went from one parent to another,’” Ogunrinola said. 

Another new addition this year is having the room condition reports online for every student moving in to fill out. RAs go into the rooms ahead of time and fill them out; afterward, students simply need to agree with the report or leave a comment on what is incorrect.

“Meeting people, giving them information, remembering names. That’s really important,” Ogunrinola said. “Names are just very important to people’s lives, so I make it a job to remember.”

A lot of information is given to a freshman student on move-in day, and it can be overwhelming at times. To aid in easing the amount of information students receive, they give the information layer-by-layer throughout the day.

It can easily become white noise for our students, and (they will) miss the really important information,” Khampha-Rockrohr wrote. “We also want to make move-in a memorable and fun day, so any extra stress can be tough on a family that has moved their students hundreds of miles away.”

Although thousands of students come to Boise State each year, faculty, staff and other students make it a point to make freshmen feel welcomed.

“My RA recognized me from my orientation when I met him, and that was cool,” Coe said. “I was surprised I am more than a number here.”

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