Safety tips on how to be safe in college.
Campus life is about meeting your people, getting a good education and growing up. There are ups and downs, but most of all it is supposed to be some of the best years of our lives. That is, if we play it safe. There are many ways that those best years can turn into the worst years if something goes wrong at a party and you aren’t watching your back. Here are some ways that you can be safe as a college student to protect yourself and even your friends.
Pour it yourself
Nice solo cup. Do you remember who offered you that drink, or did you pour it yourself? If you didn’t, I would reconsider drinking it. Maybe say “thanks, but no thanks” and go off to pour your own. No matter what kind of university or college you may go to, date rape drugs are no joke. It is always a good idea to keep your cup under a clear watch.
No matter how far of a walk it is, and no matter how sure your friend is that they are okay to walk home alone, do not let them. The statistics for rape and stalking on university campuses every year is alarming. Anything can happen, and you do not want it to be you or someone you love because they thought they would be okay to take a night stroll by themselves. Even take up campus security if you are not able to accompany them.
Be social media literate
That Instagram post from that party looks real good. But your location is on too. People can see exactly where you are and when you are there. And so can people who are dangerous. Even though it may sound a little bit too extra, nothing is too safe. Always be mindful of what you post on social media, and who exactly can see it – which is actually probably the entire internet universe.
Notice the signs
The guy who lives across the street from you acts nice, but he compliments you a little too much and looks a little too long. Sometimes this may be without bad intentions, but it is always a good idea to not ignore the signs of creepy. Notice behaviors that make you feel icky, and always be alert that it may be more than just a pass at friendship. If the actions continue, either approach the behaviors head on or contact campus police.
Story by Hayley Abshear
Photo by Veronica Francis