Spring Break is next week and many students will go on vacation to a beach or resort town to party and have fun.
Before you go and party yourself into a stupor, remember that being safe is important.
Monday, UCA began hosting a series of safety events called “Safe Spring Break 2012” aimed specifically at college students going on spring break.
While many students, especially the ones who party hard, may think they are invincible, safety is always important. There is plenty of fun to be had safely, without endangering yourself or others in the process.
The programs, which end Thursday, include a video on sexual assault awareness, traveling safety and water safety. While these may seem like common sense things that are easy to avoid, hotel safety and scams aimed at tourists are easy things to miss.
Simply realizing that you have limits is a great way to stay safe during spring break. It is expected that many students will party with alcohol over spring break. This can be dangerous, but there are safe ways to handle yourself. Knowing how much you can drink and still be able to function is a big one.
UCA is trying to help students realize that there are limits to the amount of alcohol your body can take in. And while you may drink excesses of alcohol all the time at home or with friends, in a large party area such as a party beach or resort, things can be more dangerous.
College is stressful and everyone wants to be able to use their vacation to do the things that make them feel less stressed out. However, simply learning a few safety tips from people who know what they’re talking about can help save you from a situation that would make your spring break much worse.
Traveling safety may be the least talked about problem with tourists on spring break. Many people don’t realize that there are people in resort towns and beaches whose job is simply to try and scam you or rip you off. These are things that many Arkansans or people who have never gone to a beach for spring break may not know. Getting scammed or robbed can only make your spring break less enjoyable, and knowing ways to prevent these things from happening can only help you.
This is why all students who are taking trips this spring break should go to at least one of these Safe Spring Break 2012 events by Thursday. Students must realize that being safe does not mean their vacation will be less fun.
A large part of safety during spring break is knowing when to pay attention to your surroundings. It’s easy to get lost in the moment during a week long celebration, but paying attention to what goes on around you can keep you safe during spring break. Losing track of that is an easy way to get yourself into an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation, which can get you hurt and ruin your vacation.
Being smart can save a lot of unfortunate incidents during a time that is supposed to be fun and relaxing for students who are stressed out. Learning how to be smart is the first step towards being safe. You don’t have to sign the pledge they’re asking for, but simply having a plan for getting home or not going home with people you don’t know can save a lot of trouble.
UCA has a great track record of promoting safety for its students. Brake for Bears and Safe Spring Break 2012 are great examples of ways UCA is trying to keep its students safe and healthy, simply by promoting useful safety tips. UCA should continue doing these events and students should continue to go to as many as they can so they can be as safe as they can.