Congratulations on completing a whole academic year! The battles fought were endless and the sleepless nights were countless. But through it all – you survived. A fete that should be celebrated with utmost rivalry, gallantry and of course sobriety. What then is your next move? Should you adopt the Y.O.L.O spirit? Or is it enough to just wander about aimlessly from one festivity to the next?
The truth is, a balance should be struck. A carefully extricated balance. One that comprises a detailed thought process and not a head first dive in any action to be carried out. It is duly noted that school takes up majority of our lives but self destruction in the form of excess partying should not be the desired solution. According to the National Institute of Justice (USA) in 2014, “89 percent of college students who drank a lot of alcoholic beverages at parties were victims of sexual assault. This alarming statistic shows the direct implications of not being in control of one’s actions.
Transitioning from extreme academic pressure to extreme self enjoyment will not only harm the individual/s involved; it will have a ripple effect on the decisions and lifestyle choice of those around you. On January 17, 2018, the Gleaner published an article entitled, “Healthful Tips | Alcohol Can Make You Dumb” and it reads, “Alcohol not only harms your liver in the long run, but it also causes what is known as ‘brain fog’. Brain fog refers to a feeling of mental confusion, like a cloud that impacts your ability to think clearly. Several studies show that alcohol abuse can lead to brain damage, difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, and impaired memory.”
There is no foolproof way of protecting one’s self……
– Decide which events to attend or miss.
– Know how you will to get to the event.
– Know how you will be getting home.
– Have cash in hand for any surprises that may arise.
– Stick to your personal sobriety limit.
– Be ever conscious of your surroundings.
– Have a designated driver (in case of emergencies)
– Go to events with someone/people you are familiar with.
– Never drink alcoholic beverages when you are famished or fatigued.
These are just some of the precautions that will help you to safely transition from academic stress to optimum enjoyment. I am almost certain that there are many others that you – a well thinking individual – will adopt.
Orly Michaeli, took these precautions a step further, in his October 6, 2014 article entitled, “College Students at parties: tips for being safe”. He listed certain apps that could help to safeguard college students. These are:
- Circle of Six – This app allows you a automated messages to the group, such as “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” or “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely.” The app is discrete, allows access to your location, and provides additional resources and hotlines to call.
- Callisto – This helps survivors of sexual assault report what happened to them. In addition, they can choose to have it submitted automatically if another user also reports an assault by the same attacker.
- bSafe – In an emergency, you can press the app’s alarm, which will give your friends your exact location as well as record video or audio that you can use as evidence later.
Alas, may your decisions be wise, result in good health and cause you to have an awesome summer.
UTech, Ja. Student’s Union Entertainment and Cultural Activities Committee