Oh, No…It Happened, It’s Lost!
Have you ever lost anything really important before? My daughter always carries her wallet and phone in her purse when running around campus going to tailgates and football games. She has made it through almost two months without an incident… until the last game day. That is when I got the hysterical crying call that her wallet went missing (who knows exactly how) and she was now without her driver’s license, her debit card, credit card, her dorm fob, and her crimson card. Thankfully, all of this is easily replaceable. A few calls to the bank and we were good as gold, or should I say crimson?
My other college student lost more Student ID’s, keys, driver’s licenses than any person I know (or at least I thought). Conduct a search on the student IU page, and you will see daily posts for lost keys, wallets, cell phones, ID’s, and so forth. And, while clearly my daughters are not the only ones who lost valuables, or had them stolen, it does happen.
Ironically, my daughter won The Tile at a family holiday grab bag event. The Tile is a small lost and found device, that you attach to the things you don’t want to lose, be it a computer, bike, keys, luggage, wallets- even pets (attach to their collar). Unfortunately, she chose not to use it while abroad. During the tumultuous week, while continually trying to calm her down via text and calls, I received an email from the Tile Team with the subject line “We know how to help you find your wallet.” The coincidental timing was funny to me, however, my daughter, who has a great sense of humor, responded: “too soon.” Had she had The Tile in her wallet, I would never have had her go on her own to find it but perhaps she could have enlisted the help of the local police.
For lost phones, they have a Find My Phone or Device Manager to access, provided their phone is not turned off. Whether you have a student studying abroad or on campus, perhaps a gift of a tracking device will alleviate the frustration, anger, and tears should they lose something valuable. Of course, IU does have a lost and found at Morrison Hall Room 005, for more information.
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