College and university are back in session, and with that, we thought it'd be a good idea to cover a few essential student safety tips to keep in mind as we dive into this fall semester.
Now that most colleges and universities are back to in-person learning, things are finally starting to settle back into being normal.
Classes are back on campus, businesses are starting to open back up, and more people than ever have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
But even though things are returning to the way they once were, we still need to be careful and do our best to keep each other safe.
So with that in mind, I thought it'd be a good idea to go over a handful of helpful health and safety tips for students.
Below, we're reviewing some simple yet effective ways to keep yourself safe, happy, and healthy while attending college or university.
Back To School COVID-19 Tips
In many areas, any students or faculty members being allowed back on campus must prove that they've been vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, that doesn't mean it's completely safe to let your guards down just yet.
Depending on where you're attending school, the rules and regulations surrounding COVID-19 safety may vary.
Therefore, you should look up your local rules and do your best to avoid catching or transmitting the virus.
More people than ever are vaccinated against COVID-19 than ever.
But it's still essential to keep up personal hygiene, like washing your hands.
And to wear a mask when mandated or necessary to avoid spreading COVID-19 or any other viruses that might be floating around campus.
Finally, as always, it's essential to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Out Of Town Safety Tips
Not everybody will be living away from home for school.
But for those of you who are, there are a few out-of-town safety tips to keep in mind.
In your new role as an out-of-town student, you likely won't have friends or family members around you as much as you did back home.
This is why it's always a good idea to tell people where you're going and what you're doing.
This is especially true when using online dating apps or meeting new people.
Always keep your phone on you. And stay in public places around lots of other people. Just in case something were to ever happen to you.
Even if you're going to class, it's good for people to know where you are.
Even if something were to happen to somebody else, people will know where they'd be able to find you.
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Meeting New People Safety Tips
Whether you're a freshman, sophomore, senior, or post-graduate, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet new people while you're attending college or university.
And while most people you'll meet will be good, it's crucial to steer clear of people who might be toxic to you or your time in school.
There are going to be plenty of great people you'll meet in class or on campus.
But you might run into a few bad apples now and then.
Whether it's a friend who convinces you to skip your classes or a group of new friends that bugs you to go out drinking with them too often, you must keep yourself focused on school.
Of course, that doesn't mean you can't meet new people and go out and have fun.
Just make sure to be safe, trust your gut, and do not let yourself get tangled up with the so-called "wrong crowd."
Halloween Party Safety Tips
There's nothing wrong with getting dressed up, going out, and having some fun for Halloween.
But, just like any other time when you're going out to a party, you'll want to be safe and responsible, even if you're drinking or consuming other legal substances.
If drinking, know your limits. Have a drink or two, but don't go overboard.
You don't want to make yourself sick or do anything that might put you in danger.
Also, make sure you only attend parties with people that you know and trust.
Or, even if you're meeting a group of newer friends at a party, it's a good idea to let a trusted friend or family member know where you'll be and what they can expect to hear from you.
Lastly, a list of Halloween party tips wouldn't be complete without a warning not to drink and drive.
And always make sure to have a safe plan for making it home afterwards.
College And University Safety Tips
Post-secondary schooling is often one of the most rewarding experiences in a person's life.
And, in general, even if you're nervous about starting your first year, you should expect to meet a lot of new people, learn a bunch of further information, and have a whole lot of fun while you're at it.
However, no matter how much fun you're having, you must keep personal and public safety in mind at all times.
So, be happy! But, be safe!