All Moved Out | Tips for Students Affected by Coronavirus

by - March 23, 2020



Hi guys, it's been a few weeks since I last updated my blog and I thought I would take today to explain why. My college recently decided to join many other colleges in ending in-person classes and going online for the rest of the semester. This not only meant that I had 4 days to move out of my room and fly home but also meant that I would be saying goodbye to my friends and professors a few months earlier than expected. I flew home last week and am back in one piece, but I won't lie it has been an extremely stressful and hectic few days. Anyway, I thought I would leave some tips for other students who may also have to move out on short notice.

1 | U-Haul Offers Free 30 Day Holding

For students who don't have anywhere to store their stuff due to the coronavirus, U-Haul is offering a free 30-day deal. I would suggest trying to go 50/50 with a roommate or friend so that you aren't footing the bill yourself.

2 | Ask Close Professors and/or Advisors Whether They Can Help You

My advisor actually housed my minifridge in her office and helped me transport the place I was keeping them at and another professor brought his truck to help transport the bulk of my things. Had I not emailed these professors about the issues I was facing I would've never gotten their help. In the end, you do not have if you do not ask and it doesn't hurt to at least ask.

3 | Try to Fly on Cheaper Days

I can't speak for every college, but I know that some of my friends at other schools (and my own) were able to get an extension on the deadline for leaving or get their tickets reimbursed if they emailed and asked. Personally, I used United Airlines Discounted fares to get a slightly cheaper flight on short notice. I noticed it was $6 cheaper for me to fly on Tuesday or Wednesday than Monday or Sunday so I flew on the cheaper day.

Tip: Make sure to check and see whether you are getting the best price for the flight by checking different days on an incognito window.

4 | Donate Food/Snacks You Can't Pack with You

Please do NOT throw away all of the snacks you can't pack in your luggage. Email your college town's local food pantry and see how you can donate these items to help others who may be in need. If you don't have the means to get to your local food pantry, email and see if your college has its own food pantry on campus for students who have been approved to stay on campus. If you don't have access to any of these venues then leave unopened snacks out on your hall with a sticky note saying they are free to anyone who wants them.

5 |  Take heart in knowing that everything WILL be fine. :)

Maybe it's my faith in God or my knowledge of history, but I know that in the end, we will come out of this stronger and more united. Lean not on your own strength, but

Have you had to move out because of Coronavirus? What are you doing to stay sane during this time?



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  1. What a wild time for you and these are some amazing tips! I hope you're doing okay! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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    1. Thanks! I'm finally getting off the adrenaline high thankfully and am doing pretty well.

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  2. These are great tips hun at these time! Stay safe.


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  3. Great tips - especially about asking for help because most people are willing to help x

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    1. I totally agree! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Oh gosh I'm so sorry you had to deal with all of this so quickly, I can't imagine how it must have been. A lovely tip to donate your food and snacks you can't bring with you! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a stressful time, but thankfully it all worked out and I got home safely.

      - Avalon

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  5. Oh girl, sorry you had to go through that but knowing that's the best we can do to avoid the virus spreads more and have more people affected by it; these are great tips, thanks for sharing them!

    Stay safe and take care! And yes, this too shall pass!
    XO, Melissa

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    1. Thanks Melissa! You are totally right! This time just reminds us once again how interconnected we are!

      - Avalon

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  6. These are great tips and I love your positive attitude. Hope you are staying safe and well. Take care! <3 xx

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    1. Thanks Bexa I wish the same to you!

      - Avalon

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  7. Great tips here. It is sad how so much is being upended but we do have all have to do our part. Hope you are well and yes it will pass.

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    1. Thanks Allie! Hope you stay safe and well!

      - Avalon

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  8. This sounds so stressful. So glad I'm staying at home now!

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    1. Thankfully most of the stress is over (at least in part) because I am back at home. Buttttt now I just have to make sure I get through the last few weeks of class.

      - Avalon

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  9. Proverbs 3:5-6 feels like such an appropriate mantra to hold onto during this time!! I'm glad you made it back with all your things in one piece, and I wish you well with the rest of this semester. Stay healthy!! xx

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    1. Thanks Macey! I completely agree. I find myself clinging to God's word even more so now. :)

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  10. Really love this! Sharing with my networks. Thanks for inspiring. XO, Ellese

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    1. Thank you so much Ellese! I hope it will help other students who were put in my position. :)

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  11. Oh man, girl. This is some hard stuff. One of my kids' teachers at preschool was a college freshman at Howard and she, too, is suddenly home. I tend to get all-consumed in my own version of chaos and forget that others, some younger than myself, are feeling the effects, as well. Hugs in this transitional time <3

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I think that's the crazy thing about this situation we may all be in the storm, but we aren't all in the same boat. We're all affected by it slightly different. Hope you and your family stay safe!

      - Avalon

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  12. I love your tip about donating some canned goods if you can't take it with you. That's such a good idea. :]
    // all the best, Carmen

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  13. I think it is so amazing that you made this list of tips! This is a blog post that will truly serve so many! I'm so sorry you had to move out of your dorm on such late notice. It's awful that so many have been displaced from this virus. I love your tip about asking professors to help. Hang in there! <3

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    1. Thanks Jill! I hope you stay safe and sound too!

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  14. These are all such good tips! I can't imagine what students must be going through now, especially those living abroad.

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    1. I totally agree! Some students who were studying abroad were already called back home, but that would have been so stressful!

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  15. Ugh that is so tough girl! Great tips to help others in the same boat out! Stay well:-)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Honestly, just happy that my college took the steps to keep us safe!

      - Avalon

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  16. Great tips! I'm so sorry you had to move out so quickly, I can't imagine how hard that was for you and all your friends <3

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    1. Thanks Kate! I'm just thankful I'm not an international student.

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  17. It's good you were able to move our so quickly and you got a cheaper flight - even if it was just $6 cheaper! Lots of our states here are closing their borders so travel isn't so easy now!

    Hope that your week is going well :) I'm continuing to work from home this week.

    Away From Blue

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    1. I totally agree Mica! Have to give props to my school administration for making the decision when they did because even a few days later would've changed a lot of details flight wise.

      - Avalon

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  18. Gosh that is a lot to deal with, it must have been so chaotic and strange to be uprooted so quickly. Glad you got back, and I hope you stay safe. Really useful tips for others here too, so thank you for sharing. Another week of WFH awaits for me!

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    1. Thanks Georgia! We'll make it through this!

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  19. Thanks for sharing these tips. It is such a weird time and we all need resources and tips so these are helpful. Stay safe and healthy.

    xoxo,
    Christine
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    1. Thanks Christine! I wish you the same!

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  20. I hope you feel ok! Everything is going to be ok

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree. It has been a crazy time but we will get through this!

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  21. Great tips! Hope you are staying safe in this time <3

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    1. Thanks Nikoline! I wish you the same! Have a great day!

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  22. Donating food items you can't take with you is so important, it's always good to help out where we can!

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  23. This is such a great post; thank you so much for sharing. I have a lot of blog readers that are still on college and I'm going to recommend they read this!
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  24. Glad to hear you're okay!! Thankfully I live 20-25 minutes to my school so school simply stopped and I just stay home all day and take classes online. I've never dormed at a school but these are really helpful tips for those who were in that same situation!

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  25. Great tips, thanks for sharing!
    Stay safe!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  26. These are such a great tips. Stay safe.

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  27. wow that's such an experience. I hope everything goes well for you
    Hope you stay healthy and safe
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  28. This is so helpful for students! I can't imagine what a stressful and busy time this would be!

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  29. I can't even imagine how stressful this must have been for you. Thanks for creating this post, hopefully it will reach and help other students facing the same

    Stay safe,
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  30. These are cool tips to try, dear! Stay safe! :)

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  31. These are some really great tips Avalon and something I'd never really considered the logistics of, no longer being a student myself and all. I think the tip about donating unused food is such a thoughtful idea. Hope you are well and keeping safe!

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  32. Really great advice! Hope you're safe and well x

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  33. Oh God, it must have been such a stressful experience for you! Thankfully it went ok and you can spend the rest of quarantine with your family and loved ones. Great tips here, which I am sure many students will find helpful. Stay safe dear xx

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  34. Kudos to you both for managing to keep your wits about you, for finding the best ways to adjust to the changes, and for dealing with everything emotionally.
    I love your excellent tips and your positivity.

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  35. Yes, God is still in control. Everything will be fine. :)

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  36. These are all really great tips! I'm also a student in my last semester and it's been such a stressful time. I hope you're doing well and staying safe and healthy! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Wow, I think all of the college students deserve props for having to make a huge move in such short notice. I can't imagine having to deal with all of that on top of being paranoid about what is going on in the world. Great tips and thanks for sharing doll. Stay safe!

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  38. My uni has gone online too! Thank you for these tips, I hope that you are going okay <3 Lots of love and stay safe x

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  39. It's really hard for students to focus now since everything is held through online classes. My graduation is even postponed. :( I really wish for this pandemic to end. Take care always!

    Stay safe! :)

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  40. Wow I definitely feel for students these days! Hopefully will all be back to normal soon. All the best

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