“PARKLAND ADMISSIONS, THIS IS LORI…”
Here’s something I’ve noticed for quite a while now: When students come into Admissions, the first thing we always ask before we can conduct any business is, “Do you have a photo ID?” This is the interesting part (to me, anyway): The student usually says, “It’s out in my car.”
I would say this is the response we get about seven out of 10 times. (Okay, Institutional Accountability and Research doesn’t have any data on this, so let’s just say it’s based on my own observational data. Sounds pretty solid, right?) Well, maybe some days this occurs more than others. There may be some days where lots of photo IDs are showing up at the front counter, and then there are other days where most of them are locked safely out in the trunks of cars in the B, C, & M parking lots.
So, you might have to be patient with me, here, as I may slip into “Mom-mode” and let my worry-wart behavior hang out…get ready for a few “what ifs” (I’m a big fan of bullet points, they’re awesome!):
- What if you get hurt while on campus?
- What if you don’t feel well and pass out?
- What if the New Madrid fault causes a major earthquake, Parkland is the epicenter, and you fall into a crevasse?
Even though the Doe family (Jane and John) certainly are part of a respected and long line of anonymity, and they seem to be super welcoming to adding new relatives, you may want to retain your very own, unique identity. What better way to retain your identity than to carry it with you at all times?
So whether you are a Parkland Student, or a Student of Life, my friend, I will leave you with this sage old advice: Always wear clean underwear. Always carry your ID.