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Keeping Your Private Things Private at College
Last Updated: 04/19/2012
College has a funny way of keeping you on your toes. Youíre living with people you donít know (even if you think you do), yet you feel bad for not trusting them. After all, theyíre your roommate. If you can trust them enough to sleep in the bed three feet away from you, you should be able to trust them not to steal your macínícheese, right? Not quite. As many experienced college students will tell you, your macínícheese isnít going to last a week in that house.
And as for more important things, like your computer, your ID, your birth certificate, or even your journal, youíre not going to want to leave those things out in the open. Sure you and your roommates are friends now, but after the first fight she probably isnít going to hesitate to read your journal, and depending how bad the fight is, even post its contents online. Donít forget, college is often only one step higher than high schoolÖyou need to protect yourself.
1.) Donít leave your stuff out. Itís rule #1 (on this list and on every other list you will ever read). And why? Because itís stupid. Itís not too tough to go through someoneís stuff when they have it on display. Even worse, with a certain kind of roommate, itís like youíre openly tempting them. Put your stuff away.
2.) Write your name on things. If your name isnít on your things already, youíre just asking for trouble. My sophomore year I had a really expensive pan that I used to cook everything on, and when my roommate moved out she tried to take it, saying it was hers. Her mother even agreed that it was her pan that she got from her mother. Thank God my name was underneath the handle or I wouldíve been out a seriously expensive frying pan.
3.) Log your stuff up when youíre not there. Just because you leave the room for a few minutes doesnít mean something couldnít go wrong. Password protect everything on your computer, and have a spot you can put things when you leave for longer. A dorm trunk (like this Launcher Trunk) is an awesome (and stylish) way to make sure all your things will stay exactly as you left them.
4.) Have a backup. Backup your files. Your pictures, your music, your papers and assignments (read: the hours and hours and hours youíve put into your research paper). Starting from scratch would be miserable, and trust me, thereís no better way to get revenge on a roommate than to delete that 12 page paper theyíve been working on for the last 2 weeks.
5.) Donít brag. It can be tempting to tell everyone about that sweet iPad you got for your birthday, but itís a bad idea. You never know who might be listening, and you never know who is going to find out. You have no idea who the phrase, ďOh man, you should see my roommateís new iPad, itís ridiculous!Ē could be uttered to.
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