The balance will be in your bank account by 5/17 if you have direct deposit. If not, then you have to go to the cashier's office to get your balance, but you can get it on the spot. If the full amount of your financial aid has not reached the school yet, but has been approved, you can get an emergency advance for books and living. Like undergrad, you will get half of the balance now and the other half in about 5 weeks.
Nothing will show up on Blackboard until classes begin.
Wear them to restaurants. Service becomes magically better. This also works at the bank, the doctor's office, hotels, and anywhere you want to silently bully others to do things your way.