So you’re all moved in. You said goodbye to your family members. You are unpacking all your things and starting to decorate your room. You finally get to meet your roommate for the first time or see them again if you have already met. You’re starting to get worried about what to do next or who you’re going to eat dinner with. Well here’s what to expect after you move-in.
If you move-in during the Fall semester, you will have the opportunity to go through Opening Weekend. You will have a floor meeting where you will get to meet everybody on your floor and your RA. You will also get to meet your Opening Weekend Group Leader (OWGL) who will show you around campus for the weekend. Opening Weekend is designed to help you get settled into college life, meet new people, and learn more about your major.
During my first year of Opening Weekend, I did my own thing and didn’t really participate in a lot of the activities that were available during the weekend. I went to the required stuff like Get with the Program, First Class, and Convocation, but I just wanted to meet people on my own and settle into college. Honestly, other than that I don’t remember much about my first weekend at college. I had more fun my second year moving in because I was an Opening Weekend Group Leader (OWGL). Because of this, I did not participate in the events at Offenhauer because I was helping out my first-years at Conklin all weekend. I did all the activities with them going to see the magician and hypnotist, hanging out at the Greek Life carnival, and playing games. I made some great friendships that weekend.
A couple tips I have for after move in:
Be kind and courteous to everyone. This could be somebody’s first time with a roommate or sharing a bathroom so just be respectful and nice
Make sure you know where your classes are before they start on Monday. Talk to your OWGL or RA if you need help
Make sure you go to all your classes your first week because 99% of classes have a first day attendance policy and you could get dropped from the class if you do not go
Make sure you set up a weekly FaceTime or Skype call with your family so you don’t get homesick and you can stay updated on what everybody is doing
Try and stay on campus for the first month so you can get completely settled into college life. There are a ton of activities going on so you won’t be bored on the weekends. I think I even went roller skating with my boyfriend in the Union! Towards the end of September is Family Weekend and that is your one month target.
Whether this is going to be your first semester or your second or third, I wish you good luck! Enjoy every minute of your college experience because it will fly by and before you know it you will be graduating. Just remember, there are plenty of resources on campus to help you succeed. Once again good luck!
Conklin Hall Ambassador . Class of 2022 . Minerva, Ohio . Business Major .
When you first move in, it can be very hectic, yet fun! There are so many people and so many rolling boxes it is almost overwhelming. But don’t worry, you’ll get up to your new home and get organized before you know it. As soon as you get moved in you usually have some time to spend with your family before they need to leave to get home and you feel like you need to get settled. I know after my parents left I was so sad, but don’t worry it definitely gets better! After move-in, you get to meet your OWGL [Opening Weekend Group Leader], do activities on campus and meet with your college.
Starting late Thursday night all the way into the weekend you will get to meet your OWGL and your Resident Advisor (RA) as well as other students living on your floor. These are people you will have constant contact with throughout the week and will be there with you and for you throughout this whole new transition. Your OWGL is here to help you be involved in Opening Weekend.
Opening Weekend is a really fun time for you to meet new people and get transitioned into this new part of your life. If you are someone who might get homesick after your parents and family members leave on Thursday I would recommend getting highly involved this weekend to get distracted and not think about home as much!
During Opening Weekend, the University supplies new students with lots of fun games to do! You will get to go to the Doyt which is our football stadium. In the Doyt you will play games to get to know new people and interact with the people you will be spending the next four years with. Students can go the Perry Field House where they will have more games and opportunities to meet new people and they’ll even have pizza and cookies!
Another thing you do on Opening Weekend is the pinning ceremony for the whole new incoming class! You go to the Stroh which is our basketball arena and President Rodgers will be there along with the President of Undergraduate Student Affairs and they will give speeches! It is a really neat experience to hear about how Bowling Green State University could impact you in the next four years that you attend!
One last activity you do on Opening Weekend is first class. I am in the Schmidthorst College of Business so we met together as a college and played games. We played Minute to Win It games to try to win some extra CoB points to earn some FREE and mega cool swag! We also had a motivational speech from Dr. Gene Poor which was really cool as well!! After that we took a class picture which gets hung in the Schmidthorst College of Business building later in the semester! Then they send us off to our first class where we get to meet people who could end up being in some of your business classes in the upcoming semester.
All-in-all, moving in and after move-in is such a fun time period where you get to meet a lot of people, participate in fun activities and be welcomed by staff! Don’t be nervous just take it all in and have fun!
After move in, expect there to be a time period where everything seems out of control. Your parents will have left and you are alone trying to organized everything. When this happened to me I put my headphones in and got to work. Unpacking takes some time, but it will slowly dwindle away. This is also a great time for you to get to know you roommate if you haven’t already, because it will just be you two unpacking and organizing. It may seem daunting to be alone, but take breaks and pace yourself! You have hours to get everything in order and organized.
That same day your Residence Advisor will come around get all of the residents in the lounge. This is where your Opening Weekend Group Leader will introduce themselves. Your OWGL will take you to campus events that first week. They will take you to multiple meetings for first-year students and are the first connection you will make with an upperclassman. They are there for you if you need help finding out where you classes are and they will connect you in ways to meet new people around campus!
Overall, the first few weekends of living on campus are when you are settling in and making your room feel like home! Adjusting to the lifestyle of living on campus may take awhile, but moving your room around and bringing pictures may help. To conclude, living on campus is fun, but it may take a few days to adjust.
Move-in itself is very overwhelming. There are many people everywhere and they are all moving around. After move-in, once family and friends are gone, there is time to breathe and relax. In the afternoon of move-in day, Opening Weekend starts. Since I am in the Honors Learning Community, I moved into Founders on a Wednesday, and that afternoon was a welcome into the community.
On Thursday, there was an introduction to the Honors College, a first class meeting, lunch, and then another class. These classes were not official, but more of an introduction into the honors class and peers. The rest of the first-year students who were not in a learning community arrived on campus and the more intense opening weekend started. Normally this would be when you meet your Opening Weekend Group Leader (OWGL) and Resident Advisor (RA). Since I moved in earlier, I met them on Wednesday.
On Friday, there are many activities and programs occurring throughout the day. You and some of your hallmates are in an OWGL group, and as a group you will decide which programs would be fun to attend. Some programs will be emailed to you, so you know when and where they are. There is also lunch and dinner with your OWGL and group. At the end of the day, there were many fun game nights and other activities around campus and in the residence halls.
Saturday also held fun activities and programs, such as getting to know campus, a carnival for Fraternity and Sorority Life, slushies, fun science, and a movie. On Sunday, the activities started to slow and spread out, as the returning students moved-in. There was also a first-year picnic on Carillon Lawn, where SICSIC (our secret spirit team) was giving out their SICSIC SEZ signs.
There was so much happening in these few days, and I did my best to embrace all of it. During this time, I met my suitemates and hallmates. We are very good friends and hang out frequently. When you experience Opening Weekend, embrace as much as you can. You never know all the good things that will come from this weekend. It is the biggest welcome to campus.
Kohl Hall Ambassador . Class of 2022 . Cincinnati, Ohio . Business Major .
After you move in, expect to have mixed feelings. Right after you move in, is the first time that you are left on your own to figure how to live independently from your parents. On top of that, after your parents leave, if you are someone like me you will feel a little overwhelmed because you know you have a lot of work to do. You will need to transition to college life and college classes, make new friends and keep up with all the information that will be provided to you in a span of four days.
First-year students move in about four to five days earlier than the other college students because the first-year students have the opportunity to enjoy Opening Weekend, where they experience and learn everything that BGSU has to offer through many various activities throughout the Thursday-Sunday before the first day of classes.
After you move in, expect to meet your Resident Advisor (RA) and your Opening Weekend Group Leader (OWGL), these two people will become very vital in your transition to college, so if you are feeling overwhelmed, just know they are there for you to support you in those crucial transition days.
The biggest advice I can give you regarding what to expect after you move-in is that you will most likely be stressed, so just stay open-minded about the new experiences and connections you will be able to make. It might not be easy at first but just trust the process because everything will work out at the end. I trusted the process and I was able to make so many friends in the first weekend, make new memories with new people, and learn so much about BGSU and college life!
Believe me, I will never forget what it was like after I moved in because it was so amazing and I wouldn’t have wanted to have it any other way. Remember, stay positive, open-minded, and willing to give everything a try! You never know when you will meet your next best friend or find your new passion!
If after the first few days being on campus, you need someone to talk to and lean on or still feel overwhelmed, just know that at Kohl Hall, you are always welcome to talk to your RA, Hall Director (HD), or Kohl’s Counselor In-Residence. Here at BGSU and Kohl Hall, we have you taken care and when you need something there are plenty of people here to help!
Kreischer Hall Ambassador . Class of 2022 . Columbus, Ohio . Business Major .
Move-in itself can be extremely overwhelming due to it being clutter with people. It’s not like high school, there are a lot more students. After move-in, there is some time to relax but not much because Opening Weekend begins and all the festivities start to happen. Your Resident Advisor and OWGL (Opening Weekend Group Leader) will have a meeting with you and the rest of the residence on your floor explaining all the events happening on campus. The OWGL will take you to all of the events!
I recommend pulling up all of your classes and walk around campus to find them before classes begin. It’s really beneficial because you know where your classes are and you get to observe the beautiful campus here at Bowling Green State University. I also suggest going to campus fest! All of the organizations on campus are there to promote and recruit students. Getting involved on campus leads to a better and positive college experience. You will meet new people and begin making connections which is a key part to college!
Falcon Heights Hall Ambassador . Class of 2021 . Ashtabula, Ohio . Biology Major
Move-in day can feel overwhelming, especially if you have never been away from home. Luckily, as first-years you get to move in a few days before everyone else that is expected to live on campus. You got the hard part done - SOAR, scheduling for classes, packing and unpacking, loading and unloading the car, meeting your roommate or suitemates, saying goodbye to the friends or family that helped you move-in; now it is time for you to start what you came here for. Four days to settle in and get acquainted with your new home, your new roommate, your new living area, it is time to feel like a Bowling Green State University Falcon.
Now that you are moved in, expect to be well socialized by the end of your first weekend. By participating in campus events with or without your Opening Weekend Group Leader and group you will get the opportunity to meet students within your Hall, students in other halls, faculty and more. You will get to experience so many amazing things in the first few days that it will make adjusting to college so much easier. Also expect to see the birds out, you did not get a picture with them at SOAR? Well now is your chance to do so. Our two lovely mascots, Freddie and Frieda, will be around to welcome you throughout the first week and beyond. Expect free stuff, with all the events going on within the first few weeks, expect some free BGSU goodies. You will probably get quite a few free t-shirts, lots of pens, learn BGSU chants, learn about traditions on campus, along with the superstitions, do some arts and crafts, and win prizes along the way.
Centennial Hall Ambassador . Class of 2022 . Mansfield, Ohio . Education Major .
If you are anything like me, move in day was the most exciting time I have had in a long time. I had a renewed sense of freedom and knew this was my first step to being an adult. This feeling eventually fades unfortunately and you get used to living on your own. Living in Centennial I almost have an apartment feeling. I have a private bathroom, a fridge, and a microwave. I live on my own and going home is sometimes terrible. Spring Break and Thanksgiving Break are alright being only a few days long, but winter break was hard as I didn't have the same amount of freedom I have back at BGSU.