How to stay safe at university
Going to university is a completely new experience, and you don’t know what is around the corner next. It might be new friends, new memories… Or a new round of drinks. But it’s also important to be aware that with this new freedom, there are potential dangers. Here are four easy ways to prevent yourself from being in them:
1.Remember to lock your room door at night
This does sound really obvious, but trust me, it’s a lifesaver. Particularly in the first week of freshers, you’ll have lots of people you don’t know coming in and out of your flat. Whilst some people you may want in your room (wink wink), unwanted advances from people or people just barging in drunk can be quite scary and potentially dangerous.
2. Don’t leave/pick up unattended drinks in the club
Whilst a jager bomb on the side of the dancefloor may look like a blessing, the likelihood is that someone has spiked it and is waiting for someone like you to drink it. Even when you’re really drunk, don’t forget this! Equally, if you have bought a drink, keep hold of it, or if you need to put it down give it to someone to look after. You cannot risk someone slipping something in it.
3. Call someone if you feel in danger
If you find yourself walking somewhere where you particularly feel in danger (whether it’s in town and someone is acting strange, or late at night), call someone you trust. This can be your mum, your best friend, whoever. This means that if you are put in a bad situation, someone knows where you are, and they can get you help if it is necessary.
4. Don’t be afraid to talk
Being safe isn’t all about being physically safe; it can be about being emotionally safe too. Going to university is a new and strange time in your life, and whilst this can be a good thing, it can be quite a difficult thing to adjust to. Let your close ones know how you’re feeling, and all universities have tutors and support teams you can reach out to if things are getting truly tough.
Don’t let these tips make you fearful of going to university – those years are going to be some of the best of your life, and you are going to have so much fun. Just remember that it’s worth putting little precautions in place so you have the best time, and aren’t in harm’s way!