By Sam Jones
Taking out the trash. Cleaning the bathroom. Sweeping and dusting. These are not tasks that your average college student enjoys, yet as we approach the winter break, these are essential tasks that need to be completed before checkout.
On-campus students need to check out by 6 p.m. December 12 and are to present their Resident Assistants (RA’s) a completed checkout sheet. The tasks include:
- Clean room and bathroom (clothing and personal items picked up off the floor
- Empty all trash, clean dishes and discard any perishable food items
- Disconnect all electrical plugs
- Take home all personal valuables and property
- Turn the thermostat to low (if possible in your hall)
- Close and lock windows and close blinds
- Turn off all lights
This is not always as simple as it sounds though, with students often forgetting certain tasks.
“Usually taking out the trash, or getting rid of food that’s going to expire are the main ones. And we have to go through and get rid of all of that,” said Matt Custard mathematics sophomore and Wallingford Hall RA.
“Probably either unplugging everything or taking out the trash,” said Abby Warnke, business sophomore and Cole Hall RA.
“Cleaning their bathroom. I think, especially with four new people who have probably never met each other before, they have a bathroom and probably each of them think that the other three are the messiest and no one wants to clean up after the other person. I think it’s very simple, taking out your trash and unplugging your electronics. Cleaning up your room, depending on how messy you are is a little difficult, but cleaning the bathroom is probably the hardest thing to do, just delegating responsibilities. You can get it done in about half an hour and it won’t take too long,” said Chris Allen, assistant men’s soccer coach and Wallingford Hall Resident Director (RD).
There are some common obstacles and issues that students face each year and the RA’s and RD’s have been through the process before and are there to help.
“Making sure rooms are available is a big obstacle that students face. A lot of people want to move with their friends, but friends are already with roommates and they don’t take into account the available rooms we have and what it takes to actually move stuff around. But overall, it’s pretty simple – you get everything you need to move over and just hope you don’t hurt anybody’s feelings,” said Allen.
“The schedule of who does what first – so the girls who have to check out before the new girls check in, is difficult. And girls have a lot of stuff to move, so that’s probably a difficult part too,” said Warnke.
“Just communicating with the RAs or the RD and figuring out where they need to go and when they need to get there,” said Custard.
Students changing rooms will usually switch during the first week of spring semester, however, in some situations, students will make the change before the winter break hits.
“Switching rooms during finals week is pretty tough. I would say, try to find out as soon as possible when you want to switch rooms so you don’t have to do it during finals week. Obviously, during finals week works great – you can move before you come back, so you can come back and everything is already where you want it to be, but obviously your time management skills are going to be put to the test. It’s a bit of a time-consuming thing so make sure you’ve got the time to do so,” said Allen.
“You need to get it done as soon as you can. If you get it done the weekend before, then you still have time to study in your new room and you won’t be stressed out by your old roommate, so get it done as soon as you can,” said Warnke.
“If you know you’re going to switch rooms, try to do it ahead of time, before finals week because it’s hectic for everybody. Everyone’s trying to study, not just you. The RAs get messed around as well,” said Custard.
The RA’s and RD’s are there to help. If you need anything or have any questions about the process, make sure you contact them, because everyone will benefit from a clearer understanding of the process.
Sam Jones is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org