It’s the day your high school graduate has dreamed of—and the
day you’ve secretly come to dread—the day your child leaves
home to start college as a freshman. College life is a culture all its
own, with both adventures and possible dangers ahead. What words of wisdom
can you give your college freshman to keep her safe as she starts a new
chapter? Here’s a list of the basics:
Stay aware of your surroundings. Accidents happen and crimes occur mostly when the victim isn’t paying
attention. Stay off your cell phone while walking; if you listen to music
with headphones, keep it soft enough to hear what’s happening around you.
Don’t walk alone at night. Stay with one or more friends as you go from place to place. If you must
walk alone, keep to well-lit areas with as many people as possible.
Avoid drunkenness. Alcohol consumption accounts for as much as 1,825 deaths per year among
college students, according to the National Institute of Health—not
to mention nearly 700,000 assaults and up to 97,000 sexual assaults. Alcohol
use is illegal under the age of 21. If you do drink, don’t get drunk;
if you get drunk, never drive, and never get in the car with someone who
has been drinking. (Read our post
here for more on this topic.)
Pre-program emergency numbers on your phone. 911 isn’t the only emergency contact to have. Make sure your phone
includes numbers for campus police, the campus health clinic, campus housing
and at least one emergency contact. Label these numbers with the prefix
“ICE” (first responders are trained to look for ICE numbers
on your phone).
Lock your doors. This tip may seem overly obvious, but it’s often overlooked in the
campus community. Keeping your dorm door locked will protect both you
and your stuff.
If you believe your college student has been a victim of an accident due
to negligence, our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help. Give us a call to learn more.