For many of you, going off to college will be the first time in your lives that you will be living on your own. It can be a very emotional and stressful undertaking to go from an entire life of living with your parents, to being in a dorm with your peers. You have more to be responsible for, including your safety and well-being.
These 5 safety tips will help you stay safe and let you enjoy your college experience to the fullest!
Everyday new technology is being invented and some of the most recent, and useful, of these are wearable safety devices. Systems like tinySOS are usually composed of a smart-button and a smartphone app that pair to send your exact location to friends and family with just a click. This is a great “I’m going off to college” gift to yourself, as it could help you in an emergency which will give you more peace of mind.
Going off to college is stressful enough, let a product like tinySOS help to give you one less thing to worry about.
College campuses can be very intimidating at first; not only are they a new and overwhelming environment, but sometimes the areas that they span can be huge! A never-ending labyrinth of buildings, classrooms, libraries and public areas, can be trouble at night. Make sure that you are familiar with the campus layout; carry a map with your or take a photo of it and keep it on your phone. That way, no matter what time of the day or if your cell phone service cuts out, you can always have a map handy. And, ensure you know exactly where campus police and emergency stations are located; memorizing where they are could be the difference between life and death
Going to a party alone is just an unnecessary risk. It’s important that you understand the importance of the buddy system. Yes, it sounds juvenile, but always bringing a friend with you to a party or even during a late night walk to class, will help keep you safe. If you’re at a party and things start to get out of control, by having a friend with you, you’ll ensure that someone is always looking out for you and vice versa. Now you can enjoy your time knowing you always have someone watching your back. In addition, if anything goes wrong, your buddy will know where you were and can call for help accordingly.
Tying in with number 3 and the buddy system, if there ever is a time where you are heading somewhere alone, make sure you inform someone. It doesn’t matter if it’s your parents, a sibling or a friend, it’s vital that you let someone know where you’re going ahead of time. This way there will never be any question about where you are supposed to be, as your buddy will always know. And if they are expected back at a certain time and for some reason, don’t show, than someone will know exactly where to start looking.
This step is an extremely important one. You can have a buddy, a wearable device, and a campus security map, but if you aren’t paying attention to your surroundings, trouble could be just around their corner. Learn to listen to your gut, notice who’s around you, pay attention to people’s behavior, be aware of something out of the norm, etc. Make sure that you aren’t mindlessly walking with your headphones in and don’t immediately notice there’s something wrong.
Be prepared for the real world by ensuring you approach it with caution and attentiveness.
Of course these tips can’t help you with the nervous feelings you have as you approach this new time in your life, but hopefully they will give you a starting point for taking safety into your own hands.