SURVIVOR SERIES: SURVIVING A NIGHT OUT SAFELY
For those students 21 and over, the weekend can be a time to let off some steam from a busy school week. Senior seminars, papers, and internships can be a struggle for anyone. But even if an adventure is in your future, being aware and responsible is a must. No matter your age, these tips on “surviving” a night out (with-or-without alcohol) are useful in addressing the weekends ahead.
- Be safe. Be responsible. It can feel like every alcohol advertisement on TV ends with this slogan that should be a no brainer. But it is important to note and remind yourself that the person most responsible for your safety is yourself.
- Know your limits. Depending on a variety of factors, you should be able to determine and confirm with yourself what you can legitimately do. This self-awareness will make you far more comfortable throughout the night and into your daily life. Refuse to accept peer pressure. Everyone is different and that’s what makes you great!
- Use the buddy system. Yes, just like those elementary school field trips, it is important to remember that when you are going out, coupling with a friend is optimal.
- Have a Back-up Plan. Whether it’s a contact list or an address book, maintaining a list of trustworthy friends is a great way to feel more secure with yourself and your surroundings. Memorize some of your closest friends’ numbers on the off-chance that something happens to your phone. You won’t regret it!
- Take a self-defense course. Like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, a defense course can improve your self-confidence and make you feel competent to defend yourself. Think about taking the class for self-defense on campus, the final requires defending yourself against a police officer!
Written by Emily Cooley, Peer Educator