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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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How To Make Your Morning A Little More Bearable As College Student

Follow these steps to make your mornings less stressful.


I am writing this article as not a morning person. So, trust me I know how it feels. However, I have several 8 a.m. classes that have sort of forced me to become a morning person. The morning is an amazing time and as a college student, it is great to look forward to that time and manage your time well, before you run out the door for your first class.

1. Go to bed earlier

You have probably heard this a million times, but it is very important to get enough hours of sleep at night. It will have a huge impact on your morning and the next day as well.

2. Workout in the morning

One of the best things to do when I don't have class in the mornings is going to the gym. It makes you feel great when you work out and afterward you can reward yourself with a smoothie or coffee from whatever coffee shop is nearby. Also, when you go to the gym you are way more likely to eat healthier for the rest of your day.

Major plus! Also, your sleep is always better and easier, at night, on days that you exercise.

3. Make some coffee and breakfast

Make the time for breakfast and coffee/tea! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the most delicious. Whatever you eat after you first wake up is going to influence the rest of your day. Make sure you eat something before heading out to class, you will feel hungry and unfocused during class times.

I recommend oatmeal because it keeps you full for a longer time.

4. Get out of bed when the alarm goes off

is by far the hardest thing to do. However, if you lay in bed longer, you are less likely to get up at all. If you lay around in bed scrolling through your phone, you are wasting precious morning time to get ready. This means that it, also likely that you will be late as a result of this extra time spent in bed.

5. Plan out your morning the night before

Lay out what you are going to wear the next day, to limit your time in the morning. Getting Dressed is something that always takes a long time and can be a huge time waster, when you need to get out the door at a certain time. This goes for packing your schoolwork and materials in your backpack, earlier than the morning of. You can also lay out what you will eat in the morning if you do eat in your dorm.

6. Make your bed after getting up

The best way to make sure that you don't cozy up in your covers again, is to make your bed so that you are not tempted.

7. Open the curtains

After you get up, open the curtains! Most likely, you will see people outside and this will keep you motivated to get on with your day as well. Also, the natural light it great to wake you up and let you know it's time to get moving. Natural light also helps to improve your mood, which can help if you are grumpy in the morning.

8. Airplane Mode

Put your phone on airplane mode at night and going into the morning. I cannot reinforce this point enough! The reason why I started doing this was that when I set my alarm, my sound was turned all the way up, so I wouldn't sleep through it. So anytime that I got a text or snapchat in the middle of the night it was super loud.

I started putting my phone on airplane mode during the nighttime and I loved it! You no longer need to feel distracted by your phone and it's great to unplug during a time when you really should be getting sleep. You should try to keep your phone on airplane mode into the morning as well.

How many morning routines have you seen where the girl has reached over to her nightstand and said, "The first thing I do in the morning is check my phone, I know it's bad". So, let's stop doing it! The only reason why you check your phone is to see the notifications and what messages you have.

However, what If there was nothing on your lock screen, you wouldn't feel the need to check it. Now, I try not to turn airplane mode off until I am out the door. When I start walking to class, I will turn it off to listen to music. The best thing is not having to stress your mind with social media and creating a peaceful mindset for you to start your day.

I challenge you to keep your phone on the airplane for as long as you can because I guarantee it will improve your morning. You waste so much time on your phone and it is great when you get a break from that distraction.

9. Drink water as soon as you wake up

Keep a cup or water bottle next to your bed. Drink water as soon as you wake up, in order to rehydrate yourself first thing in the morning after so many hours of sleep.

10. Make the time

Make the Time: Don't rush the morning time, this can lead to unnecessary stress and worrying about potentially being late. The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, so don't waste it.

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