If you’ve been in the Quads in the last few days (or few years), you’ve experienced the shrill, shrieking sounds of fire alarms that seem to go off every few hours.
Odds are, there will be another fire alarm in the next few days. This time, be prepared by grabbing these seven things on your way out.
- Your cell phone. It’s always good to have on you, real fire or not.
- Your laptop. Now is as good a time as any to start on a term paper. This also gives you an opportunity to live tweet from your designated meeting place.
- Shoes. If the grass is wet or you’re told to evacuate the premises, you’ll be glad you were wearing them.
- Keys. Because no one wants to be forced outside by a fire drill and then proceed to be locked out the dorm and call Campus Safety again.
- A Frisbee. Yarn and knitting needles. The New Yorker. “Atlas Shrugged” (who knows how long you’ll be out there). Keep yourself occupied while you wait for Campus Safety. You’ll want to tune out all the people whining about how this is cutting into their study/sleep/”me” time.
- Something to keep you warm. Grab your bedspread or a coat. Fire drills seem to always happen on the coldest nights.
- Food. Sharing a tub of ice cream and a few spoons with other miserable strangers is a great opportunity to make friends with the people in your neighborhood.
To avoid inconvenience or embarrassment, avoid showering or sleeping. Ever. You never know when the next piercing alarm could go off again.