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.
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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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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8 Things You Must Do Before Graduating From High School

You must do these before high school graduation!
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Graduation can come up faster than expected. Soon, adult life will be around the corner. However, there are a few more things that you need to do before graduating from high school.

1. Enjoy prom

Maybe you got a special promposal and are excited about prom. But even if you don't have a date, go with your friends. It honestly doesn't matter who you're with as long as you have a good time. Dance and sing until your feet hurt and you've lost your voice. You can have a great time dancing and take photos. You'll remember this night, so why not enjoy it?

2. Take a road trip with friends

Chances are in a few months, your friends will be miles away from you. You'll appreciate spending some quality time with friends before heading off in separate directions.

3. Go to all kinds of sporting events

Most students in high school only go to the sport they're involved in or football games. However, there are so many other sports at your high school. Take some friends and go cheer for your team. Events are fun if you make them fun.

4. Attend a music production



Your school probably has a band, orchestra, choir, or a school play. Many people never go to a concert throughout their high school days. These groups put in a lot of hard work, and you'll find something you enjoy.

5. Take lots of photos

Senior year will be hectic, but it will also be one of the best times of your life. Take as many photos as you can to have those memories. Maybe even create a photo album.

6. Dress up

Take a day to dress up. It'll make you feel good about yourself, and will help you think positively through the amount of stress senior year brings.

7. Skip a day

OK, OK, OK. Normally, I would not encourage skipping class, but sometimes it's necessary. At my high school, we had senior skip day. I caught up on sleep studied for AP tests. It really can help relieve stress and give you a much-needed breather.

8. Be proud of what you've accomplished


Graduating from high school is a long journey, with struggles along the way. Be proud of what you've done and look towards the future.

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