Move-In: The Good, The Bad, and The Worse

Move In: The Good, The Bad, & The Worse

A move-in article in July, really? Seems a bit fast-paced, but that’s exactly what I’m going for. I hope to use Robert Morris’s unique terms of ten weeks to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in business in just three years. In order to do that, I need to move in early over the summer and spend some of my summer here in Chicago. So, a move in article in July is applicable for me. Hopefully this will be of some use for you all in the future as your move in date creeps ever closer.


The Good:

Goodness gracious, Chicago is beautiful. I moved right downtown into the University Center, which is located on the corner of State St. and Congress Parkway. The typical tourist attractions surround me in every direction. Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Navy Pier, and Adler Planetarium are all a walk away. In addition, everything I can’t walk to, I just use my unlimited pass for Chicago public transportation provided by Robert Morris University. I really couldn’t list the infinite number of ways to spend my time here. The possibilities are astounding. In addition, my room has a gorgeous view, I overlook Lake Michigan each night before bed.

The Bad:

Making friends is hard. I have only met my roommate Liam, and one of my suitemates Deryck. Other than that, I haven’t met anyone else. A scattered elevator conversation here, a random nod in the hallway there, but that’s it. The anonymity is tough in such a large city. That being said, it’s great to have some solitude and experience my thoughts and emotions all on my own. The other day I sat and watched small waves roll onto the coast of Lake Michigan and contemplated life, and the peacefulness and the serenity of moments like those are unmatched.

I’d like to be able to have conversations about stuff like that with friends though soon. With classes starting on the 18th for me, I plan on making friends then.

Chicago View

A quick picture for those interested in my moment of quiet reflection on Lake Michigan.

The Worse:

Here’s the story. It’s explained eloquently here:

Loose ends:

These loose ends are quick tidbits of my advice that I’ve thought of while writing this, but don’t fit elsewhere into the article.

  • Pack lightly, moving in is much easier when you only have your essentials
  • Make sure they’re your essentials! For me, I could live without my Xbox, so long as I could get my record player moved in.
  • Some decoration will help. I know it contradicts what I just said, but you don’t want to live in a bare room for the whole year. Grab some command strips and hang a painting you made or a favorite poster.
  • Keep some snacks on hand, not a fully stocked pantry though. Beware the freshman fifteen.

That wraps up a quick update on some of my experiences so far. Look for more updates in a week!


Noah Elmore

Noah Elmore

Robert Morris University 2020.
Noah Elmore

One thought on “Move-In: The Good, The Bad, and The Worse”

  1. Sebastian Dorrance says:

    Wild towel story, Noah. Chicago is an amazing city. I hope that you get settled fast and make a lot of friends. If you haven’t been yet, once you save up some money you should go to Gino’s East pizza. It’s a little pricey but its the best pizza in Chicago! Don’t forget to bring some good friends and some white sharpies with you too!

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