How to Stay Safe While Partying in College
College is something that graduates look back at with fond memories and for a good reason. While everyone does go to college to learn, it is so much more than that. The people you meet, the activities you engage in, the ability to be who you want to be and more all make college a defining experience in every young adult’s life. Oh, and the parties, the parties were magical.
Young adults are usually quite naïve about the dangers of the world. This is something that comes with age and experience. However, it doesn't hurt to try to educate yourself right now. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your friends stay safe while having fun in college.
- Adopt group mentality – Being in a group benefits all of you for a couple of reasons. It helps ward off predators who target loners, and it also makes sure that others will notice if you're missing or if someone has had too much to drink.
- Charge your phone – With many phones supporting fast or quick charge, there is no excuse to not keep your phone charged. A phone is your way of protecting yourself if something goes wrong, it is essential in the 21st century. It also has the added benefit of being able to jot down that cute girl or cute boy’s number.
- Your drink is dead to you if you can’t see it – It is better to get a new drink if you take your eyes off of your drink. We all assume that we would never be roofied, but it is a very real possibility. Being drugged is a scary experience and no one should go through that.
- The internet remembers so don’t do anything you don’t want on the web – Almost everyone has a smartphone these days and the ability to post a video or picture that can be looked at by thousands in a matter of minutes. It is easy to get lost in the moment - but try to remember to keep your cool. You don't want that one time you did something stupid to haunt you for the rest of your life.
- A designated driver is a must – Choosing a designated driver who you know can resist social temptations to drink is great because it makes sure everyone gets home safely. It also helps you save the cost of an Uber home. Never get in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.
- Go out friends you trust – The worst feeling in the world is when your so-called ‘friends’ leave you at a party or dorm room without letting you know. Go out with trustworthy friends who will tell you when you’ve had enough or will take care of you if you need it.
- Stay in touch with your friends when you do eventually split up -There will be a point in the night when you won’t be able to find your friends. This happens to everyone so don’t panic. Ask other people if they’ve seen them or use your phone to call or text them. If you still can’t find them and are panicking, ask security to help you back to your dorm room.
- Drink plenty of water – Water is your best friend while drinking, it stops hangovers in the morning and can keep you from getting too drunk. If you feel like you’ve drunk too much, drink a glass or two of water. This will keep you grounded and help you if you need to throw up. It’s best to keep a bottle or two on you rather than relying on finding water during a night out.