We have all heard stories about kids going to college and something unfavorable happening to them. While we know these cases are few and far between, as parents we know that you worry about knowing whether your kids are prepared to take care of themselves. So, this Wednesday we plan to feed you with some health and safety tips. Let’s start with some safety tips for College students.
- Safety Tips
At dorm rooms
Doors and windows to your residence hall should be equipped with quality locks. Never compromise your safety for a roommate or friend who wants the door left unlocked. Replace locks when a key is lost or stolen. Have good lighting around entrances.
Report suspicious activity to campus police or to the police if you live off-campus. Use caution admitting strangers.
While in your car
- Keep windows up and doors locked.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- If you have car trouble, signal for help by raising the hood or tying a white handkerchief to the door handle.
- Park in well-lit areas and as close as possible to the building you are visiting.
- Walk with confidence and take note of your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts.
- After dark, walk with others or use a shuttle service.
- Use well-lit walkways.
- Walk facing traffic.
- Make mental notes about the locations of emergency phones/pay phones along your route.
- If carrying a purse, keep it closed and close to your body.
- Don’t wear a walkman when walking alone.
Be Informed of Campus Security:
There are many US Government regulations and Acts which take care of the issue of Campus security.
One such Act is Clery Act. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private IHEs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Health tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of U.S Government offers a wealth of information geared toward students on their college health and safety website. There you will find health tips, common health issues that students face, and a list of hotlines you may contact for more information or in times of crisis.
Find a health care provider at your school or local health clinic for routine check-ups and when you have health concerns. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Be sure to ask your health care provider about getting vaccinated for meningitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, flu, and other diseases.
Fight Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of caffeine in coffee, colas, teas, and chocolate can take as long as 8 hours to wear off fully.
- Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noises or bright lights.
- Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.
- See your health provider if you continue to have trouble sleeping.
- Avoid pulling an all-nighter to study.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating disorders are serious medical problems. So, try having a balanced diet. Your eating habits may change once you’re in college, and you may gain or lose weight. Take a nutritional diet.
Preparation and awareness are the keys to safety in any situation. The above noted points will help lead a safe and comfortable College life. This was another College Goers Thursday focusing on the college life. Hope you enjoyed it!
See you tomorrow with foreign students Friday.
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