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Written by Max February 25, 2019
Today, I’d like to talk about a very obscure aspect of college life: fire drills. Understandably, you’re probably already writing this off as irrelevant; after all, this is something you’ve had to deal with your entire school career. As a freshman, I can reasonably say that the experience is noticeably different in college than it was back in high school.
For starters, even though a fire drill can happen anywhere on campus, I haven’t actually had one happen during the school day in any of the school buildings. All instances of the alarm going off so far have happened in my dorm on my own time.
This is important to remember because if it happens in your dorm, that means you could be doing literally anything when the alarm goes off, from chilling in your PJs to taking a shower. My roommate, for example, was in the middle of a nap after his classes when he got the loudest wake-up call ever.
This is not, in fact, fine. (Photo Credit: Knowyourmeme.com)
The other notable difference in college drills is, as an adult, you are now expected to handle the situation by yourself. The students don’t file out by class like they did before, and there are no requirements for the RAs (or anyone else) to take attendance before going back in. You’re pretty much on your own.
Fortunately, the response to these drills is still handled much like we’ve been taught: locate the nearest exit, exit immediately, and get at least a block or so away. In my dorm’s case, we all went across the street from our building until we all just mutually decided to walk back in once the alarms quieted down. When it comes to college fire drills, the new circumstances may take some getting used to, but if you respond to them like you’ve done in high school, then you’ll be just fine.
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