LeTourneau University is absolutely thrilled to have you joining our community! Throughout campus, we have been planning and preparing for your arrival for months (just like you have)!
Here are some tips we have assembled to help you be as prepared as possible for this transition to college life, and for the creation of your “home away from home.”
- Don’t Over-Pack! There are two ways many students tend to over-pack. One is in the AMOUNT of stuff brought to campus, and the other is the WEIGHT of the boxes you do bring.
- Remember, you don’t need everything you had at home here at college. In fact, there are some things you can’t have and use when you live in community that would be fine for you to have at home. Don’t forget—your roommate needs to have space in your room as well. So check the lists of what to bring and what not to bring, confer with your roommate, and really determine if the amount of space your belongings take up outweighs your desire to have space for other humans in your room. Also, plan on buying most of your toiletries, bedding, and other big items once you get to town—no reasons to schlep it across the country when we have a big Target and Wal-Mart Supercenter right down the road…
- Then, when you actually start packing, don’t overload your boxes making them too heavy to carry. You can avoid this common mistake simply by using smaller boxes. They’re easier to manipulate when packing them in your car, and they’re much lighter for you and the Move-In Crew to handle!
- Pack Everything in Boxes: Loose items are easily dropped, which means they’re easily lost or broken. Please make every effort to pack all of your belongings inside boxes or containers. That includes hanging clothes, shoes, etc.
- Label Every Box : It may seem tedious, but you’ll appreciate this a great deal once you’re unloading the items. Our Move-In Crew is very talented and conscientious, so everything should make it to your room, but you never know what could happen, and so this will help us all avoid a great deal of confusion.
- Leave One Person in Your Vehicle: When you pull up to your designated unloading zone, please leave one family member with your vehicle. This will help us make sure that none of your items are left alone, and you will also be able to move your vehicle quickly if the need arises, or as soon as it is emptied.
- Thank Your Move-In Crew: There are all sorts of faculty, staff, and student leaders that desire to show hospitality by carrying your belongings into the residence halls—and they’re all volunteers! A fun question to ask is how many times they have been to the top floor or how many refrigerators they have carried!.
Health and Safety Tips
Considering this is East Texas in the dog days of Summer, there is an excellent chance that it will be a long, hot, and humid day! We want you to have a positive, healthy experience during New Student Orientation, despite the heat. Here are some general health tips to keep you going throughout the day.
- Eat Well at Least Two Days before Move-In Day: Of course, we would always want you to make good eating choices, but pay particular attention to what you eat right before move-in. You will burn a lot of calories and use a great deal of energy during Move-In Day, so consume a lot of carbohydrates – they serve as disposable calories. You take them in, and in return, they give you a burst of energy for the day of the event.
- Hydrate! You need to start your hydration early. Drink plenty of water for a few days before the event. Be ready to burn through that in a hurry during move-in, though, so be prepared with more water throughout the day. You could use Gatorade for a quick fix to replace your electrolytes , but water really is the best option for hydration. A good sign of dehydration starting is getting a headache, so there will be water in several locations throughout campus during New Student Orientation.
- Eat Bananas: We know it sounds a little crazy, but bananas are a great source of potassium, and potassium is a wonderful source of energy and works to prevent muscle-cramping. Grab a bunch and bring them with you on the trip and eat a few during the day.
- Don't Take Unnecessary Risks:
- Wear sunscreen – you’ll be in the sun a lot this weekend
- Lift with your legs – you will be getting quite a workout with boxes and other heavy items
- Take occasional breaks – there’s not a huge rush, so every few trips up the stairs, take a breather and get to know your RA or other floormates
- Call Campus Security at 903-233-4444 if you or someone you see is in need of assistance.