I can’t believe my little sister is finally moving away to college. She spent her first two years commuting to a community college, taking general education classes, but worked hard and got a full-ride scholarship to a school two states away. I’m so proud of her, but man it’s hard to say goodbye. We are a very tight knit family. Most of us live within an hour or so of each other, and thinking of the fact that Amanda’s going to be eight hours away is a little stressful. As an older brother, I am really protective of my younger sis, and this is the first time in our lives I won’t be there to have her back when things go wrong.
Even though I do worry about her, I know she’s a smart girl, though. I also remember what dorm life was like, so I decided to take her under my wing and show her the ropes / tell her what to look out for. Granted, I lived on campus in a college half an hour from the house, a lot of the experience will be the same. One of the most important lessons I’ve been trying to pass on to her is the fact that privacy, for the most part, doesn’t exist in a dorm room. I shared all of the things I could think of, and told her to only take things she’ll absolutely need, but being eight hours from home she’ll need quite a bit more stuff than I did.
Because of the fact she’ll be taking her laptop, smart phone, and some other valuables, I decided to buy her a little dorm safe (check them out here: www.deansafe.com/resaforstdoo.html). Honestly, after checking this thing out I wish I would have had one of these things when I was in school. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it has some cool security features. It’s a small safe. In fact, it’s designed to fit in a closet and it’s built to be big enough to store an 18” laptop. Instead of having some kind of combination lock or key, it actually has a card reader and a keypad. She can either swipe a credit card or her driver’s license, or she can use a PIN number to access the safe. The safe even has a little pass-through so she can cable tie her safe to something in the room so that somebody can’t walk off it with. Overall, I think she’ll be very excited to get this thing. In fact, I almost want to get one for myself to take to work.