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You’ve probably already got tons of books to read and assignments to write so we’ll keep this one short and sweet. But if you have just headed off to college it’s worthy of a read. We know it’s paramount to have fun, make new friends, hang out and enjoy living away from your parents at this time. But if it’s your first time away from home, it’s also crucial to make sure you know how to look after yourself and your property. So before you run off to your next socialiser or (maybe) the library, have a quick read through these quick-fire ways to look after yourself as you take those first steps into the big wide world.
Keep Windows And Door Locked
It sounds obvious, but when you’ve come in after a few drinks, or you’re rushing out of the door in the morning, it’s easy to forget to lock your doors and windows. Especially if you have always lived with your family and it’s not usually your responsibility. It’s not nice to think that there are thieves about, but bear in mind that you don’t know everyone at your college so don’t give burglars an easy way in.
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Be Aware of Identity Theft
As a college student, you probably aren’t that concerned about identity theft seeing as you don’t have much money to start with. But this misconception and vulnerability are exactly why identity thieves will target you. Identity theft on college campuses is not uncommon. So how do you protect yourself? Limit your use on public library computers, never pay bills or share sensitive information on them and always remember to log out. Shred important documents and mail, always pick up your receipts and keep your phone and computer locked with a password. Always download anti-virus software for your computer and make sure that your college ID is not linked to your social security number. And if you’re worried about important mail and credit card info get it sent to your parents address rather than your campus one.
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Stay Safe At Night
It makes sense to stay together as a group on a night out but sometimes we forget. We may feel safe enough to walk home or get a ride by ourselves but under no circumstances should you think that this is ok. Always stick together in the evening's and go home in a group. It’s horrible to think about, but just read the news to see how many fall prey as easy targets to some pretty nasty people out there. If you are going out at night, always tell a friend, a roommate or a parent what time you will expect to be back. Yep, your parents, will still be waiting up at home while you are in college! Make sure you know the number of Campus Safety at your college. And if they offer escorted rides home, always take them. And always make sure your phone is charged and that you carry emergency cash.
The key to staying safe is not to be paranoid but to always be cautious. And always be prepared for any emergency that may arise.