10 Stages of Getting Locked Out All College Students Go Through

10 Stages of Getting Locked Out All College Students Go Through

Leaving your keys in your dorm room is a mistake we've all made.

As a resident college student, one of the mortal sins is locking yourself out of your dorm room: namely, forgetting your keys inside. Despite popular belief, this is not just a rookie freshman mistake; we've all been there.

Stage 1: Forgetting your keys.

Whether you're running late or just mistakenly thought your keys were in your coat pocket, the reason you lock yourself out in the first place is because you were forgetful. Don't worry; we've all done it.

Stage 2: Wondering where your keys are.

Remember when Jamie Lynn Spears wore a key necklace on Zoey 101?

You could have sworn you put your keys in your coat pocket, but no matter how many times you check, they're just not there. Before entering full-blown panic, you check your backpack.

Stage 3: Denial.

There is no way I left my keys in my room. I'm not that dumb, you tell yourself as you frantically search through your backpack. You deny the inevitable for as long as possible. You pray to the gods above that you didn't forget your keys.

Stage 4: Realizing your reality.

After checking your coat pocket and your backpack three times each, you hesitantly make the realization that yes, you did leave your keys in your room. A string of expletives goes through your mind and you try to think of your roommate's schedule and where she is right now.

Stage 5: Sending the text of shame.

You take out your phone and write the text of shame to your roommate, informing her that you locked yourself out and asking when could she possibly meet you back at the dorm to unlock the door.

Stage 6: Frustration.

Why is my roommate taking so long to respond? This is an emergency, code-red situation, here people. You also feel super jealous that your roommate has her keys.

Stage 7: Roommate SOS!

When your roommate responds to your text of shame, you feel some relief. She informs you when she can make it back to the dorm to unlock the door so you can get your keys, and depending on how far away that time is, you either want to yelp with joy or consider tracking down your RA in the meantime.

Stage 8: The wait.

The wait around time before you can be let back into your dorm can range anywhere from a few minutes to half a day. You talk to your roommate about possibly meeting her at her class and borrowing her keys. You knock on your RA's door. You brainstorm every possible solution to your problem. You debate climbing in the window, even though you live on the second floor.

This mandatory wait around time gives you enough time, while abandoned and helpless, to contemplate how much you hate yourself for getting your keys. You constantly wonder how you could be so dumb, and reflect on the power those keys have for college students, and how you can do literally nothing without them.

Stage 9: Reunited.

When your roommate finally unlocks the door.

Whether it's your RA or your roommate who finally unlocks your door, you feel incredibly relieved to be reunited not only with your dorm room, but with your keys. You curse them for sitting innocently on your desk while your entire morning was destroyed by their absence.

Stage 10: Promising yourself that you will never forget your keys again.

Even though we all know it's bound to happen again.

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2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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8 Things You Should Know about being a Server

"Some of my customers make me want to print this out and staple it to their foreheads."


I wrote this out of frustration of the ones who don't know what it's like to be a sever.

This has been on my heart ever since I became a server and it's these things I want everyone to understand.

1. We don’t make an hourly wage


Well, we do, but it's only $2.15 an hour. After taxes are taken out, it comes to be roughly $0.75 an hour. Being a server is not like other jobs, we do not rely on our weekly check to pay the bills or put gas in our cars. If I serve 6 tables in one night and they all leave me $3, looks like I'm leaving with only $18. My paycheck from my 40 hour pay period of 2 weeks is only going to turn out to be about $30, that is if I don't get money taken out for employee meals. Servers work late nights so there is no proper time for dinner so getting an employee meal is sometimes the only option.

2. 15% is not a good tip


Before I started serving I thought that 15% was what I left when my server did a very good job. Keywords of that sentence is “before I became a server." If your server did an excellent job, AT LEAST leave 20%. We would appreciate more, but anything is better than 15%. If you don't know how to calculate this, pull out your calculator, type in the amount of your bill, and multiply by 0.20 and there you go!

3. The attitude you have towards me reflects my attitude towards you


I'm not saying if you're super sassy with me, then I'm going to be super sassy back. I'm saying that if you seem like you don't want to be here and don't talk a lot, then I'm not going to try to spark a conversation with you. I love when my customers acknowledge me and try to spark a conversation themselves. For every customer, I want to make your experience at this restaurant the best that I can make it, but if you don't talk back, I'll try to come to your table the least that I can.

4. Acknowledge me when I come to your table

It is one of the most embarrassing things when I come to the table and you keep talking amongst yourselves when I have asked you a question. I won't be there for long so while I'm standing there, please listen to me and answer my question and then I will be on my way. Most people act like it's not my job to come up and ask what you want to eat.

5. I don’t work in the kitchen, so if your food isn’t cooked right, don’t get an attitude with me


Your fried grouper is over cooked? I'm very sorry and I will repeatedly tell you how sorry I am for that, but I want you to understand something. I am not in the kitchen cooking the food myself. The kitchen will mess up sometimes, just like I do, and that's okay. But please, don't get an attitude with me about it because it was not something I could have prevented. I promise we will work it out.

6. I am trained to have a greeting line, so please don’t interrupt me before I’m done greeting you


“Hey how are you guys do..."

“I'll have a water with lemon."

I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me. It is my job to ask you what you want to drink so I will get to it, but before I do that, let me get through my greeting line like I am trained to do.

7. Servers have a lot that goes through their minds


“Ranch for table 6.

Refill drinks at table 7 and 8. Wow that guy drinks a lot.

Don't forget that the guy at table 7 wants his ribeye trimmed a certain way and cooked in-between medium and medium rare.

Where is the water pitcher??

Call out salads for table 8. No onions and peppers on one.

Grab the check from table 5.

Theres no more sweet tea in the urn. We need more!


I saw something similar to this on Facebook one time, and I laughed at how accurate it was. If I forget that ranch for table 6 at the end of the night, it will hit me and I will feel and about it.

8. Lastly, I am human and I will make some mistakes


I will stumble upon my words when I say filet mignon because for some reason it is a hard word for me to say. My mind will go blank sometimes when you ask me what kind of wine we have. I will mess up every now and then. Sometimes it will be your fault because just like me, you mess up too and that's perfectly OK.

Becoming a server was one of the most eye opening experiences for me and if I could, I would make it a law for everyone to be a server at some point in their life, but that would be really silly. I hope this opens the eyes of some people. I know being a server isn't the most difficult job in the whole world, but I can promise you it is not the easiest either.

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