If you’re a college student, then you need to know how to stay safe on campus. In today’s world, there is so much crime and danger, that you need to be aware. Now I’m not going to hype up that this is the most dangerous time in history, because it is definitely not. We have some of the safest cities that have ever existed. But you still need to watch out for yourself. These 5 tips should help:
- Be wary of strangers: just as your parents told you as a child, watch out for strangers. Sometimes we are too accepting of those around us. Just because someone seems nice, doesn’t mean they are. Now this doesn’t mean that you should go around not trusting anyone… just keep an eye on your shoulder and understand that some people don’t have the best intentions.
- Keep your belongings close: if you have a backpack with a laptop and a phone and your wallet, be sure to keep it close to you. Sometimes on a college campus we think everyone is just a student like us, but this isn’t always true. Often times there are people who roam campuses looking to take advantage of naive college students.
- Don’t get caught up in your life: this point might sound a little strange, but if you’re so caught in up your day to day struggle, you might miss what is going on around you. The truth is that we live in a great country and we should be excited about that. Sometimes though, we get caught up thinking about all the stress in our lives. This is okay, but it can distract us from what we are doing. We should stay focused on our goals, whether that is making it to class on time (and keeping our belongings close), or getting an A on that upcoming project.
- Don’t be afraid to say no: if you’ve ever been in an unfordable situation with a stranger, then you’ve likely wanted to get out, but didn’t now how. It is actually really simple. You have the right to say no to anything you don’t want to be a part of. Whether that’s an uncomfortable conversation or even having sex!
- Have a positive outlook on life: if you are living your life overwhelmed by stress (check out our article on dealing with pain), then you likely have a pessimistic attitude on life. This might not seem like something that would put your safety at risk, but it actually can. If you’re walking around with a negative attitude, then you’re going to attract more of that into your life. Like attracts like as they say. So don’t take life too seriously and have a little fun on your journey.
Thanks for reading!