You are getting ready to go to college. It is normal to feel a range of emotions, including excitement for new beginnings and nervousness because you have no idea what to really expect, especially if you are planning to live right on campus. While getting a college experience is good for both your education and your social life, you need to make sure you stay safe on campus.
Walk With Friends
You may already have a few friends who are going to the same college. Even if you do not know anyone at first, you can start talking to people, get to know them and then become friends with them. It is best to walk around the campus with your friends at night instead of walking alone. While there are security officers working at the college both day and night, they cannot be everywhere at once, so you can travel with a group of people to stay safe.
Keep Your Ears Open
It is important to hear what is going on around you. Although you are likely tempted to put your headphones on and listen to your favorite songs, you should not wear them while walking around on the campus, especially at night. You need to easily hear what is going on, whether someone is walking closely behind you or not. Once you have safely reached your dorm, listen to as much music as you want.
Report Anything Out of the Ordinary
If you see something strange, do not hesitate to tell a superior about it. Even if it turns out that it was nothing important, it is better to take the extra precaution. If someone jokes around with you about shooting or bombing the school, you need to report it right away. It may sound like a joke to you, but there are some people in this world who do those kinds of terrible things without any regard to others.
Although the college campus is most likely very safe, you can always take the extra initiative to make sure you are even safer. Walk with a group of people to and from your classes for the day and avoid listening to music while you are walking around so that you can hear what is going on. And, if you see something strange or hear something that sounds like a threat, report it to a professor, counselor or even an officer.