School just started, so how do you prepare for classes, and most importantly your safety? Here are a few tips to get your started:
Explore the Campus
If you’re new to the campus, walk around with a friend – look for classrooms and find important buildings around campus. And make sure to look for the Student Health Center, in case of an illness or non-urgent medical questions. You can also plan out a safe route to classes, and ensure you can get there on time!
Stock up on Safety Devices
You don’t need to carry around a whole tool-kit, but it can be helpful to add some useful devices to your keychain. For example, add a defendme® personal safety alarm to make sure you can always be heard! Or add the resqme® to help you or others escape from an entrapment emergency. Finally, you can add pepper spray as a form of self-defense that you will hopefully never have to use.
Use your Phone Wisely
Let someone know when you are going somewhere, and ask them to stay in touch in case of an emergency, but remember not to be distracted by your phone. You don’t want to get in the way of any vehicles or dangerous people. Also make sure to save the phone number for your campus safety & health officials. If you’re ever in need of help, you can count on them and your local police officers to look out for you!
Stay on top of your Health
Whether it’s taking a walk outside, playing sports, or watching your favorite show, take some time to do what you love! And remember to keep your immune system strong by eating healthy, getting sleep, being active, and eating vitamins. Your classes and homework are important, but your health is the top priority!
Don’t Over-exert Yourself
Choose your classes based on a realistic expectation of how much you can really handle, and make sure your schedule gives you enough time for rest and eating to keep you healthy. Also prioritize a sustainable school, social, and possibly even work balance to make sure you will be performing at your best! If you realize that you took on too much, it’s okay to take some time to re-evaluate and reorganize your involvements.
Don’t forget the Pandemic
Although most cases of COVID-19 are not severe, the threat for catching the virus is still present. So if you’re feeling sick, get tested and report your results to your school authority to keep yourself and others safe. And just to be safe, it’s better to stay home and rest to get over your sickness quickly.
Now get to work on your assignments and make sure you’re prepped for the start of school!