During my first year at college, I lived in a dorm room with two other guys whom I have never met before. The friends I had initially picked to live with got separated from me somehow. Still, I was a very lucky person because these roommates were some of the coolest, honest people I have ever met. I also say lucky because I was very trusting of others at the time. I lived in a safe community practically my whole life prior to starting college so it all worked out for me. However, this isn’t always the case for others.
I have cousins and even friends in other dorm complexes who were also too trusting of others (I guess coming out of high school, we were still naïve). However, because of that high trust with others, some unfortunate things ended up happening to them. Everyone has some sort of valuables that they truly cherish. Due to that high trust, they can become a little too laid back with protecting those items. This ultimately led to their valuables being stolen.
What can be done?
As someone who was a very inexperienced person entering the real world, I really had to learn things the hard way. Eventually, I encountered thieves breaking into my car, individuals “borrowing” money and never paying back, people cheating off you and getting the better end of the stick, and the list goes on.
Sometimes we may feel that there is just something wrong with our personalities. But, there is NOTHING wrong with it at all. In fact, this innocent quality is very pure and very much needed especially today. (Imagine if everyone was a little more like that…the world would actually be a significantly better place!).
However, because of life’s troubles and circumstances, people sometimes lose that valuable quality. This is not to say that everyone else should conform and immediately give up that personality. Rather, it would be good to train the self to put on a certain level of security and protection. It’s the same concept as locking up your home before leaving it, you won’t be a different person for taking that necessary precaution.
A Tool that Can Help
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Especially for first year college students, something that I recommend getting at the minimum for some protection of valuables would be: a dictionary lockbox. This is essentially a safety lockbox that looks just like a dictionary. (I mean who still uses a physical dictionary these days?). There is a 3-digit numeric code that you can set up as a password combination. In it, you can put your valued possessions. There is a 9.5 x 6.2 x 2.2 inch dimension of space which is quite roomy. The only limitation for this tool is that the items have to be small (Sorry, can’t quite fit your laptop in here…). But some things that you can put in here include:
- Important documents
- And the list goes on…
Once you have your items stored with the lock secured, you can blend in this “dictionary” with your other textbooks.
In a perfect world, everyone would be honest, and one can truly trust another. Unfortunately, in the real world, that has not yet been the case. Therefore, as those who are inexperienced with the real world, it is always good to be prepared ahead of time to prevent such negative events from occurring.
You will not have to give up your character, but it would still be good to take necessary steps for that extra security and protection with your valuables and one of those measures being a dictionary lockbox. Who knows, perhaps that ideal world where everyone will no longer have to put their guard up, may manifest itself someday.
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