College is an exciting time and milestone for young adults. They continue on the path of self-discovery, passionately pursue their interests, and embrace their newfound independence. However, despite the fact, the number one thing college students should prioritize above all else is their safety and well-being. College campuses are susceptible to crime and dangers, so it’s best to stay aware of them.
These are modern dangers facing America’s college students:
Recreational drug and substance abuse
Unfortunately, no matter the college, drugs and alcohol are easily accessible. However, what may seem like participating in a “harmless” recreational activity on the weekends or a way to cope with stress, has the potential to turn into a lifelong addiction, chronic health problem, or even cause death. One drug, in particular, rizzy, is gaining traction in popularity at college parties today due to its ability to induce extreme euphoria and eliminate stress. However, what users don’t know until it’s too late is that this drug literally eats at their skin.
Depression and anxiety
Stress is the main contributing factor as to why college students develop depression and anxiety. This is due to many reasons: they are overwhelmed with balancing a work, school, and personal life, they become addicted to technology, they are struggling with the adjustment to college life, and so forth. The best preventative measure against depression and anxiety is to give students the resources to speak about their circumstances as well as provide them the right emotional tools and healthy coping mechanisms to handle their stress. Struggling in college is normal, and students should feel their experiences and feelings can be validated and supported.
The main crime that occurs on college campuses is sexual assault. Statistically, one in every five women and one in every sixteen men will be sexually assaulted. What’s worse, 90% of those assaults go unreported. Sexual assault can happen anywhere: parties, dorms, outside campus, etc. Therefore, students should never leave their drinks, food, or friends unattended, travel with others if possible, and stay aware of their surroundings at all times.
Theft and robbery
Robbery and theft aren’t limited to the street; it happens on campuses as well. As a precaution, college students should always lock all their doors and windows before leaving their home or dormitory, never leave valuables unattended, and avoid walking alone in isolated areas. If they wish to do so, students can get coverage and insurance for their personal valuables as well.
Cyberbullying and online stalking
In this age of technology, cyberbullying is one of the most prominent issues young adults and teenagers experience on social media and online. But unlike bullying, cyberbullying has no immediate consequences since the person harassing the victim is behind a screen and there is never any physical confrontation between the two. In addition, college students need to be careful of the information and photos they post in their social media feeds; not doing so makes them vulnerable to cyberstalking too.
While attending and succeeding in college is a significant milestone in your life, you should remember that despite having the independence and freedom to explore your interests and learn more about yourself, watching out for your safety and sustaining your well-being are the most important actions to take.