The story comes to us from Caitlyn N, a student of Indiana University Bloomington.
I moved from my home in Indianapolis, IN to an apartment in Bloomington, IN to attend college at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. My mom helped me move into an apartment with my brother. My brother had already been living there for a year so all of his things were in the apartment prior to my moving in.
Instead of renting a truck to move down to Bloomington, my mother and I opted to move my things ourselves. My mom recruited one of her friends who had a pickup truck to help move my furniture, and all of my clothes and smaller items were moved in my mom’s car.
The move went pretty well overall, but there were a few bumps along the way. One problem that we quickly ran into was that out of the four people helping in the moving process (my mom, brother, my mom’s friend, and me), only my mom’s friend had any kind of muscle to speak of, and this made moving furniture an interesting experience, to say the least. I also own a rather old television (the kind with a cathode-ray tube inside), and those things are surprisingly heavy.
I learned very quickly that when you’re moving you should never try to be a hero and carry something by yourself if it is beyond your capabilities. I dropped the television on its screen, and it’s a testament to how sturdy those things are that the screen (which is made of real glass) didn’t shatter. My brother helped me pick the TV back up, and we hurried it inside and plugged it in to see if it still worked. Thankfully the TV worked just fine and still does, although the screen does have some tiny chips in it.
I think the most important thing I learned from moving is that there’s no shame in asking for help. You can injure yourself or break your possessions if you try to do everything yourself. Asking for help can also include recruiting your friends to help you in your move. That is definitely one thing that I’m going to do differently the next time I move. Many hands make light work is certainly an apt saying in relation to the moving process.
My advice to students who are planning on moving is to recruit your friends to help you. If you do get them to help, you should offer to buy them lunch or dinner (pizza) to repay them for their assistance. Another tip is to plan in advance. This means arranging transportation, knowing who is helping you, and having everything packed and ready to go in advance so that you aren’t wasting the time of the people who are helping you.
I have helped friends move who have literally waited until the day of the move to pack their things. They were only moving to another apartment in town, but it still made the move take way longer than it should have because those of us helping move had to sit around to wait for things to get put in boxes before we could get going.
This leads to my last piece of advice, you should keep your moving boxes. You don’t have to keep all of them, but keep the bigger boxes in storage. As a student, chances are that you will be moving again in the next few years, and moving can be expensive. The more materials you have at the outset, the less you will have to purchase, which is good for a student on a budget.
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