Finding out who your roommate is (or roommates are) is one of the most exciting things pre-college. The next step is getting assigned your dorm room. Then it all becomes real when you finally get to your school on move in day and open that door to your new life. It becomes an actual reality when your parents leave and you are left standing there with the key to your new digs.
Ahh, the dorm room key. Take it from me, this probably the single most important thing, besides your grades, you will need to keep track of all year. Without this you won’t be able to get into your room. If you lose it, there will be added stress that both you and your roommate don’t need. Here are a few of my real life scenarios that illustrate this point.
First semester freshman year, my roommate and I both went out with our sorority friends. Well, about one o’clock my roommate calls me saying that she doesn’t have her key and can’t get back into the dorm. This not only left me feeling bad that she was locked out of the room but inconvenienced me. I didn’t want to leave my friends just so I could let her back in the room, but I also wanted to make sure that she could get back in at the same time. She hadn’t lost her key, she had simply forgot to bring it out with her that night. Losing or forgetting your key will but not only you, but your roommate at an inconvenience.
Later on that semester I had actually lost my key. It had fallen out of my pocket when I was crossing the street one day. I spent the last part of the semester thinking that I would find my key or that it would show up in the room sometime. It never did. The last part of the year my roommate and I had to leave the door unlocked. This is something that made me incredibly anxious. I didn’t want any of my stuff to get stolen while both of us weren’t in the room. I ended up having to go down to the front desk once we both got back from winter break and asking them to submit a work order to get my lock changed. It ended up costing me one hundred dollars.
So, moral of the story is don’t lose your key. If you want to end up paying what ever fee your institution has in place, be inconvenienced, or feel anxious every time you leave your room.
Your key is what keeps you and your belongings safe. A lot of people will think that the key, this tiny piece of metal, is not that important. But in all reality, it is the single most important item you will receive while you are at college. So remember, in order to keep your valuables and yourself safe, as well as save some stress for both you and your roommates, try not to lose, misplace, or forget your key. My roommate and I both put our keys on little wristlets that we took with us whenever we left the room that held our phones, ID cards, and some spare cash. Maybe you should try the same.