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8 Tips to Staying Safe on Campus this School Year

Going away to college is an exciting time for anyone.  The excitement and opportunities of being away from home bring many positive adventures but there is also a down side.  For many students, going away to college means it is the first time in their lives that they donít have people watching out for them.  There is no one to look out for them and to take them places.  For the first time students are on their own.

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You may not have mom and dad to look out for your every move, but by following these eight tips, you will increase your personal security and safety level.

1.        Women should never walk alone.  If you canít find anyone to walk with you to your destination, drive if you can, or take a taxi.  Some campuses have student shuttles that will take you from one campus destination to another after dark.

2.        Many campuses are equipped with emergency telephones that are connected to campus security.  Be aware where these are placed.

3.       Carry a cell phone in case you feel the need to call 911.

4.       If you must walk alone, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

5.        Use campus security, or a student assistance service to accompany your walk to student parking lots.

6.        Protect yourself with a stun gun.  Many are designed for women.  They fit comfortably in a womanís hand and fit easily into a purse.

7.        Be aware of your environment.  The campus is a new environment.  Walk through the whole campus during daylight hours and note where attackers could hide and possible exits to safety.

8.        Be responsible for yourself.  One of the biggest lessons of adulthood is that you are responsible for yourself and that you must prevent bad things from happening to you.

Personal safety requires good advanced planning.  When studying late at night, order in meals instead of going to the late night burger stand.  This kind of strategic thinking is the mark of a young woman who is ready to be on her own.  So enjoy you years of adventure and freedom.  Just be smart and be safe.

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