The fall season is but a mere microcosm for many of the simple changes in the life cycle. The season is defined by a sudden change in temperature. In the mid-west, it means that leaves change from green to bright orange. In colleges across the nation, it means a change in student status from Junior to Senior, freshman to sophomore, Senior to the workplace, and high school senior, to college freshman.
The lifestyle that a college freshman or transfer student living on campus enters represents a very important transitional period, a metamorphosis if you will from teenager to young adult. It’s a world in which simple things that one could do in the privacy of their home is now open to the public, thanks to new roommates, and constant traffic hovering in and around the room door.
When I lived in the dorm, I could remember that my roommate and I created designated personal spaces from our assigned sides of the room. We put pictures of loved ones on our nightstands, and posters of our favorite team on our walls. However, the one object that was literally the center of attention was the refrigerator.
Often times the refrigerator stays empty because of the traffic that goes on while the owner of the refrigerator is in class. Habitual occurrences will prompt the owner to take immediate action to secure their goods from inevitable consumption.
Based on my personal experiences at a dormitory fondly known as the towers on the campus of Morris Brown College, I will offer these tricks to lock or hide your refrigerator. For starters, if you wanted to install a lock on the refrigerator, it may give the impression that you don’t trust your roommate or others that may live on your floor. However, if you don’t care what people think, this is what you can do first.
Start by using a wrap-around latch to place between the sides of the refrigerator and the door. Using an electric drill, drill four self- tapping sheet metal screws into the holes on the latch. Add your combination lock, and in an instant, your problem is solved.
I recommend the art of camouflage for students that have their own room (without a roommate), or for the student that has a roommate, but both contribute equally to the purchase and consumption of items stored inside. One can make the refrigerator blend into the decor of the room, by taking a solid color tablecloth and placing it over the refrigerator.
Then you can add either a lamp on the top, so that it will appear to be a nightstand, or you can put a chessboard on the top, with chairs on each side. You can also put your draped tablecloth laden refrigerator underneath the desk. Depending on the size of your refrigerator, this may or may not work.
In college, every Hunt’s tapioca pudding, Raman Noodles packet, and can of soda pop is a valuable commodity that should be protected. These helpful tips should separate the smart students from the starving ones.In college