Answering your questions about Move-in Day!

Posted by Kara Bilello on July 7, 2017

We're counting down the days to Move-in Day 2017! Current students recently held a Facebook Live panel to answer your questions about Orientation, Move-in Day and what life on campus is like!

High school is in the books, freshman orientation is in progress and Move-in Day is just over a month away! On June 28, Admissions hosted a panel on the Binghamton University Student Ambassadors Facebook  page to answer your questions about Move-in Day, getting involved on campus and the best ways to start your freshman year! Here's a sample of some of them.

Can you tell us about Welcome Week and what happens during our first week?

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University Fest is held in August to showcase all of the clubs and activities our campus offers! You'll see hundreds of clubs and organizations tabling as they seek new members. Don't be surprised if you leave signed up for 20 clubs! Shindig at the Fountain is another popular event in the begining of the semester. There is a live concert, carnival rides, food and games to celebrate the beginning of a great year! 

What are some good ways to make friends?

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Check out a few clubs or attend a student government meeting -- friendships will naturally form from there. During freshman year, everyone is in the same boat and wants to make friends! Open the door to your room, talk to the person next to you in class or grab a bite to eat with someone new! You might just find your best friend across the hall.

What is an RA and what is their role?

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RAs (or Resident Assistants) are there to give advice, resolve issues or simply just to be a mentor. They live in your building and oversee a group of residents, helping them to grow by hosting different events and activities. They will be your built-in friends from the start!

What is the best place to eat on- and off-campus?

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Our panelists recommend Cakes and Eggs in the MarketPlace for breakfast and Moghul for Indian food. Appalachian Dining Hall has the best salad bar, C4 has the best grain and bean options, CIW has the most flexible options (vegan station, omelet bar) and selection of fruit, and Hinman has the best pizza. Off campus, there is no way to choose just one; our panelist Conrad Taylor calls Binghamton “the foodie mecca of the world.” We recommend Piccolo’s Cafe, Skylark Diner, Lost Dog Cafe, Remlik’s, Number 5, The Colonial, The Shop, Burger Mondays and so much more! Binghamton holds Restaurant Week twice each year, with local restaurants showing off their most popular options at reduced prices!

You can watch the entire livestream here.

We can’t wait to see you in Bearcat Country soon! Welcome, Class of 2021!

Kara Bilello is a junior double majoring in English and Spanish. She enjoys hanging out with her kitten, being a coxswain on the rowing team and singing.