Advice For Moving Back Into The Dorms In A Covid World

By Danielle Wirsansky on September 11, 2021

It might seem crazy that schools are opening back up and hosting in-person classes and allowing students to move back into the dorms when COVID is still running rampant, but they are. With many schools limiting virtual options and pushing for students to come back to campus, many students are not left with many choices besides moving back into the dorms and coming back to school despite the risks.

So, barring any other choices, how can you do the best with what you have to do? How can you keep yourself as safe as possible when you have got to return to campus and to school? Read on for some advice for moving back into the dorms in a COVID world!

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Establish Roommate Rules

One of the first things you do upon moving into the dorms is to establish ground rules with your roommate. In fact, if you can establish your ground rules before you move in, that would be even better. That way you are both on the same page from the very get-go.

How do you feel about having guests over to the dorm room? And if guests are allowed, do they have to be masked or vaccinated? Are there any disinfection or sanitization processes that you want to undergo, like changing clothes immediately upon return to the dorm from the outside world or taking off shoes? What happens if one of you is exposed or even gets sick with COVID?

You should always establish ground rules with your roommate to set up a peaceful living situation, but COVID compounds things and you should be sure to address COVID-related concerns because you both deserve to be happy and healthy in your own spaces.

Internet Improvements

What we have all learned during the pandemic is that our society heavily relies on the internet, and our schooling is no different. When the pandemic hit and everything closed down and went virtual, teachers had to scramble to find ways to adapt their material to an online platform. Last school year remained virtual for the most part as well.

Now that in-person options are available again, teachers have kept many online and virtual aspects in their courses in case students have to quarantine or if a classroom gets shut down. This means that your internet connection remains more important than ever. How will you get your schoolwork done without quality internet? And how will you stay connected to the outside world if you are in quarantine?

Most dorms offer wifi. However, many, many students are all attempting to use that wifi as well, usually at once. Be sure to make your own internet improvements to help make sure your internet connections stay as strong and fast as usual. You could try doing your work during off-peak times when fewer students are on the network. You can also get yourself a high-quality router to keep in your room as well (if your dorm allows that). There are even antenna upgrades and omnidirectional antennas that could help you out.

You should also be sure to make sure that your phone offers a hotspot connection. That way, in a pinch, if the network goes down or your connection is too slow to really work, you can connect to your phone’s hotspot and save the day.

Food & First Aid Supply

In case of quarantine or illness, you want to make sure that you have a good supply of food and medicines to get you through the confinement period. You will not be able to leave your dorm room if you suspect you have COVID or are quarantining from the illness or possible exposure. You want non-perishable food items that you can easily store and cook in your dorm room so you can last the entire quarantine period if you need to (like if you do not have someone who can buy and deliver food or access to food and grocery delivery services). Soup (ramen or canned) is always a great option so that it does not require refrigeration.

Medication is also important. You want to have a thermometer, as being able to monitor your temperature and being fever-free is a condition of ending quarantine. You might also want medications to help make you feel better if your symptoms knock you down. Motrin and Tylenol are good places to start, as well as decongestants, cough drops, and more. COVID can also include gastric symptoms so medications for nausea, diarrhea, and more are also good and safe options to have on hand, just in case.

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The COVID world is a dangerous one. Take the necessary steps and precautions to keep you, your roommate, and your loved ones safe after you move into the dorms.

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