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Lost and Found
Oh, No….It Happened!
We’ve all done it, lost something. It’s not surprising that a college student may lose their keys, book, wallet, phone, etc. They have so many things occupying their minds and are learning to “adult” for the first time. As parents, the frustration is usually about the security of things (i.e. losing a debit card). Things can be replaced, but with so many cases of identity theft, your student is just as vulnerable. And with students being far from home, fixing the problem can be challenging.
My daughter lost her beloved debit card in her freshman year. She swears she put it on her desk and it just disappeared. Since her banking was tied with ours, she could not just go to the credit union on campus and get a new one. We decided to track all activity on the card and not to cancel it right away. Knowing our daughter, it was bound to be in a purse, back pocket, or under books somewhere in her room. Luckily, she did have Venmo, so we could pay her friends for things that they bought for her in the meantime. Well, after a week, it never turned up, so we canceled the card and she was sent a new one. But I bet you can guess what happened next, right? After another week, she found it in the hand pocket of a sweatshirt. No harm, no foul.
Conduct a search on the student USF pages (Facebook), and you will see lots of posting for lost items. Other students are actually really sympathetic and helpful. It happens. One thing we found that works great is The Tile. It 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, and even pets. It links to your phone or computer and you can look up the location of your lost device. 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, USF does have a lost and found located in the Marshall Student Center as well as every academic building. Items of value (laptops, driver’s licenses, wallets, etc.) are immediately taken to the Campus Police Department. You may find the links for them here.
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