What you need to know on moving into college dorms
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -
It's that time of year when school is just around the corner and for some that can mean moving out of their parents house for the school year.
For Ashley Kennedy, this is her fourth year moving into the dorms at Western Illinois University, and she said one of the biggest obstacles a family has to face is letting go.
"I think it is for my mom more so rather than my dad. But yeah it's a little hard on my parents, especially now that my mom knows because I'm graduating and I'm the baby and won't be coming home in the summer," she said.
WIU Director of Residential Administration A.J. Lutz said whether you're a senior or moving in for the first time, it's a chance for all students to become adults.
"Letting parents know that this is a time when they need to let them go. They're 18 now and that comes with the student making a lot of choices and responsibilities," he said.
Part of being an adult is being responsible of everything in your room, especially those that can be easily stolen.
"The theft when we see here on this campus is 99% of it is avoidable if a student locks their resident hall rooms," Lutz said.
Lutz stresses just how important it is not only to lock your doors but to protect yourself by getting insured because if anything's stolen, it's on the student, not the University.
"As in a regular apartment situation, our insurance wouldn't cover anything if there was an accident. So we really stress upon the students to go out and make sure their stuff is covered in case there was some unforeseen accident," he said.
Lutz says if you're not sure you have renter's insurance go over your insurance policy to see what is and isn't covered. Depending on the policy, Lutz says you may even need to take pictures of what is inside the dorm room.