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Ask Ashley: How To Move Out of Residence Without the Stress

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at STU (CA) chapter.

I can easily speak for a large amount of STU-dents when I say this semester flew by! Now that we’re coming into the last weeks of classes before our final exams, I thought it would be a good idea to give some tips on how to make moving out of your residence easy and stress-free.

If you’re anything like me, your dorm room is probably filled with things that you don’t normally use or wear. By planning ahead, taking out all the excess stuff should be no problem!

Honestly, the sooner you start, the easier it will be. You can start by packing away the things that you know you won’t need from now until the end of the semester. Plus, if you live close enough to Fredericton, you could start taking home these items over the next couple of weekends, just to make your last day in residence a lot more enjoyable.

Starting the process of moving earlier will make it one less thing you can worry about around exams. You don’t want to stress about writing your final exam and then racing back to your residence to pack up everything and drive home before sunset. (Note: You have until April 25th and noon to move out of your residence, if you need to stay longer because of travel arrangements or costs, etc. then you need to fill out a late request form, which you can find in the Residence Life Office in GMH.)

Before leaving, make sure you take the time to say goodbye to the friends you’ve made over the past year before returning home for the summer. Especially the ones you know you won’t be able to see over the summer either because they live too far away or are deciding to change their plans for the fall. One of the best things about university is we’re all going through the same things, by keeping some friends close to us, we’re allowing ourselves to have a like-minded support group to go through this journey with us. It’s important for your friends to know that they’re appreciated and are going to be missed!

Another pre-moving must is choosing your courses for next year. Registration for both semesters is open all week on WebAdvisor. It’s a good idea to sit down with an academic advisor to help you figure out if you’re on the right path.

Also, while your mind’s on the future, you may want to look into your living situation for the fall. Wither you’re returning to residence or moving into your own place, you’re going to want to have that settled before September rolls around. Once you have you courses chosen, a place to live next semester, and have written your final exams, there should be nothing holding you back from having an awesome summer!

Want more Ashley advice?  Submit your question to “Ask Ashley.”  All questions will be posted on HC anonymously.  To submit your questions or problems, you can email her directly at hjtsn@stu.ca with the subject “Ask Ashley.”       

I was born and raised in New Brunswick. I’ve lived in each big city (well… big for NB). We moved around a lot when I was younger but in a way it was fun; you got to reinvent yourself often. I came back to my hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, to attend St. Thomas University to try to reinvent myself into a young adult. I’m currently in my first year of school and will most likely declare my major in Communications and Public Policy next year. I’d like to work in the Public Relations field once I graduate. Although who knows what the future holds?