How to Handle Moving in Community College

by A Guest Author

Any time you have to relocate it can be a stressful and complicated event. But when you already have a lot on your plate with a school schedule, the prospect of a mid-semester move can be enough to give you a panic attack. Not only will you have to keep up with your community college course load, including attending classes, completing homework, and studying for exams, but in the meantime you'll be packing up all of your possessions, paying for movers (or guilting your friends into offering their trunks and their services free of charge), and making necessary arrangements like submitting a change of address, shifting your utilities, and calling your creditors to ensure that bills are sent to the new location so that you don't miss any payments. Of course, there is also the emotional hardship associated with moving - not just in terms of stress, but also the anxiety of losing your home and the fear of the unknown to content with.

In short, moving can be difficult at the best of times, and trying to relocate while you're attending community college can definitely ratchet up the intensity. This is especially true if you're moving out of your parents' house and into your own place, essentially leaving the nest for the first time. Although the prospect of getting out on your own is no doubt exciting, it can also be a little (or a lot) scary. However, there are ways to make the transition smoother on every level. For starters, you'll want to carefully plan and execute the move so that it doesn't fall during any crucial school events (if at all possible). A move early in the semester or right after midterms or finals is ideal since it won't disrupt your studies. The best bet would be to move during a break, but this might not be possible.

In addition, you should ask for advice from your parents and other trusted sources so that you can create a checklist for the move that includes all of the tasks you'll need to accomplish in order to get yourself settled into your new place as quickly and efficiently as possible. You might even want to set up a timeline for your move so that you can check it against your syllabi to ensure the best possible timing (and little overlap with exam or due dates). This will also help you to break up the many tasks associated with moving so that the process doesn't become overwhelming due to a time crunch.

You also need to give yourself some time to deal with the emotional aspects of relocating. Once you've addressed the nuts and bolts (finding a place, packing boxes, and hiring movers in Grafton, Galveston, or Gainesville) you should make sure that you take the time to make your new house or apartment feel like home. This could mean painting the walls your favorite color, hanging family photos, baking a dish that reminds you of home, or having family or friends stay for a few days until you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. Of course, carrying on your daily activities like preparing food, walking your dog, and doing your homework will help you to acclimate to your new surroundings. And over time the stresses of your move will become nothing more than a distant memory.

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