Getting mail in college in one of the best feelings and never fails to brighten the day of a college student, or at least that’s how it is for my friends and I. Sometimes, getting mail literally makes you feel like you just won the lottery! Just the news that we got mail would absolutely be the highlight of the day. Although it is one of the most joyous parts of college, there are some struggles that can come along with receiving (and sending) mail in college.
- Receiving letters
I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I get a letter from someone. This has definitely been something that has grown with age; as a child I wasn’t all that excited about them. The first few weeks, I received (what felt like) a lot of letters (it was actually probably around 4-5) from family members and people I cared about back home. Needless to say, I was ecstatic; even if all they said was something along the lines of, “Congrats on this new journey in life, hope college treats you well!”
The struggle of this is that after that first few weeks passed, the letters seemed to cease almost completely. I did receive a few every now and then, but walking past the mail boxes and seeing no real mail in mine did make me a bit upset. The friends I had also noticed this and felt the same way, but we did realize and understand that it is just unreasonable to expect letters to come every week, or even every month.
2. Receiving packages
Whether you ordered a package online or someone has sent you something, receiving a package won’t always be the easiest thing. I don’t know about all colleges, but at mine, there are two destinations your package can end up. My preferred destination is the dorm’s mail room. This way, all you have to do is track down an RA or your RD and they can get it for you.
The second destination it can go to on my campus is the mail room. This could go
very smoothly, where they send you an email when your package arrives, you have time to go pick it up, and everything is perfect. Unfortunately, this smooth series of events is not always how it plays out. First of all, the mail room can get backed up and when this happens, they may not be able to notify you of your package right away. This is, for the most part, not that important and you will be getting your package in just a few days. When this gets to be more annoying is when the notification to go get the package does not come until Friday and the mail room is about to close. This means that, unless you have been refreshing your email constantly and happen to see it in time to go get it, you will have to wait until Monday to have your package. Once again, this is not that big of a deal, it just requires a little extra patience!
3. Sending mail
Most colleges have a system where they can mail your letters or packages for you if you have the stamps on them already. Unfortunately this isn’t always the most reliable system. My friend tried to send a few thank you letters out through her
college one time and they never got where they were supposed to go. Although she may have made a mistake somewhere, there was obviously something wrong with the system. Another friend of mine just said her colleges system takes forever to sort and get the mail on the go. Personally, I have always just taken mine to the post office in town, and that is what I would recommend if the choice is available!