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Old 08-04-2005, 01:15 PM
Gary A. Hochman
 
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We are currently finishing puttting together the letters which will tell you when your check in time is. We intend for these letters to go out sometime next week. However, since we know everyone is anxious to make travel plans I just wanted to quickly explain the way check in times work. Since we have to get so many people into such a limited space, check in this year will be based on where your room is located in an attempt to keep move in running efficiently. There are 5 hour long time slots. 8am - 9am, 9am - 10am, 10am - 11am, 11am - 12pm, and 12pm - 1pm. The 5th time slot, 12pm - 1pm, will be where most of the commuters go since they do not have to move into a room. If you are comming from a distance where it is not possible to be here at 8am, we recommend getting a local hotel room and arriving the night before. In our last mailing to you, we included a flyer for a hotel that was providing a special rate for people attending Drew events. Other local accomidations can be found here: http://www.drew.edu/links/lodging.html

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Old 08-05-2005, 12:19 PM
Keith P. Kovatch
 
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wen we move in can parents help get all the stuff for the room in?
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:01 PM
Marla B. Rosenfeld
 
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of course--I assume parents are welcome to help move their kids in--there are special programs for parents too during orientation, i think
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:44 PM
Gary A. Hochman
 
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Originally Posted by Keith P. Kovatch
wen we move in can parents help get all the stuff for the room in?

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Originally Posted by Marla B. Rosenfeld
of course--I assume parents are welcome to help move their kids in--there are special programs for parents too during orientation, i think

Let me address both of these by giving a little overview of what happens the first day.


When you arrive at Drew, the person that greets you will ask your name, and then place a card with your room location inside your windshield. Then, you get out of the car and come to the check-in table, while your parents get into lines based on residence halls. If you are cleared with the business office and health services you will receive your check-in folder, a folder for your parents, and then go to get your ID photo taken. After that, you will rejoin your parents and wait for public safety to escort the next line of cars up to the res halls. When you arrive at the unloading zone for your hall, a committee member will indicate your arrival time on the card in the windshield. We have very limited arrival space, and putting the time on the card helps us to ensure that a car does not remain parked in the unloading zone after it has been unloaded. Then you get out and go to pick up your key while your parents and OC members bring your stuff to your room. Many times, by the time you have your key, most of your stuff is already waiting for you outside your room. Once your car is unloaded, one of your parents should move it to the parking areas and you can begin to set up your room.


Convocation begins at approx. 2:15 in Baldwin Gym and it is a required event. Students take the seats at the front and parents sit at the back and in bleachers along the side. After convocation, parents remain and have a few parent sessions, while students move to the Forum where you will meet some of the deans and then meet up with your OC Sibling Families and get to know each other a bit. After the parent sessions are over, they will go to Hoyt lawn for the Presidentís Reception, and you will join them shortly there after. It is here that you will say your goodbyes to your parents and then go off to dinner with your Sibling Families and have a few more activities that night.

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Old 08-06-2005, 10:18 PM
Gary A. Hochman
 
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Will your roommate have the same move-in time as you...I assume no?

Actually, yes, you and your roommate will be assigned the same move-in time (while the letters havent been sent out yet, I'd say I'm 99% sure of this).
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Old 08-07-2005, 03:10 PM
Samantha N. Ruttura
 
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thats kind of stupid isnt it? i mean the rooms are so tiny it has to be impossible to move all of your stuff in plua have your roommates family be in the way.... as well as your family be in the way of theirs... it just seems badly organized to me...
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Old 08-07-2005, 05:47 PM
Gary A. Hochman
 
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thats kind of stupid isnt it? i mean the rooms are so tiny it has to be impossible to move all of your stuff in plua have your roommates family be in the way.... as well as your family be in the way of theirs... it just seems badly organized to me...

I've been through the process 3 times now and have found that both families end up in the room anyway. The process of unpacking the room takes quite a while and since the parents stay for most of the day, they usually end up in the room right up until convocation, even if they had the earliest checkin time. It isnt like they move the stuff in the room and then leave. The main problem we deal with is having a large rush of cars at one particular hall, and that leads to a bit of chaos. Doing it the way we are doing it this year means that it will be a more predictable flow and the whole process should run much more smoothly (or atleast we hope so anyway). Plus in the past, we have had problems where one roommate arrived well before the other and took over 75% of the room. If you both have the same checkin time, it makes it much easier to figure out how you want to set up the room, since it is easiest to do that before you move all of your stuff in.
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:29 PM
Cristina N. Manzi
 
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thats kind of stupid isnt it? i mean the rooms are so tiny it has to be impossible to move all of your stuff in plua have your roommates family be in the way.... as well as your family be in the way of theirs... it just seems badly organized to me...

I agree. Does anyone know if check in goes floor by floor? I can't even imagine people from all three floors checking in at the same time. Parents going up and down stairs with TV's, Fridges etc..! sounds crazy to me!
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Old 08-07-2005, 10:44 PM
Gary A. Hochman
 
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I agree. Does anyone know if check in goes floor by floor? I can't even imagine people from all three floors checking in at the same time. Parents going up and down stairs with TV's, Fridges etc..! sounds crazy to me!

Doing check in floor by floor would be mass chaos. When you do all three floors at once it spreads the load out so too many people arent in one place. If we tried to move in an entire floor at the same time, there wouldnt be nearly enough room in the hallways. As to the stairs thing, the same thing applies. If everyone was going to the same place it would be much worse. The stairs are pretty easy to manage, people just wait and let people carrying big things go by. I know the process sounds really crazy, but it actually isnt all that bad.
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:00 AM
Ryan J. Crowley
 
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Originally Posted by Samantha N. Ruttura
thats kind of stupid isnt it? i mean the rooms are so tiny it has to be impossible to move all of your stuff in plua have your roommates family be in the way.... as well as your family be in the way of theirs... it just seems badly organized to me...

Actually, I'd imagine it would be a good way for roommates and parents of roommates to get acquainted with each other.

Then again I didn't see my roommate for like the first 3 days freshman year. My parents would call and ask "Have you met your roommate yet?" And it wasn't like he hadn't moved in; he moved in before me. Anyways...the point is that it's a good way for all parties to get to know each other, all plan the room out, and help each other out if need be.
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