6 Ways To Stay Safe On A Night Out

6 Ways To Stay Safe On A Night Out

Who says you can't have fun and be safe at the same time?
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In light of all the busy events that have recently gone by, there was a lot of celebrating, parties, bar hopping... you name it. What else do you do when you're in college for Halloween, homecoming, game day, etc...? Personally, I spent a few nights staying in getting caught up on homework (it was marvelous, tbh). But with all the fun parts of life happening all around us, I think it is important to remember safety tips to make sure we can all go out, have a good time and make it home by the end of the night in one piece (physically and emotionally).

1. Strength in numbers.

When we go out, our parents always told us about this, "There is strength in numbers." Did I ever believe it? No, I never had much reason to. Growing up in a small town, you tend to trust those around you and their intentions, but even in personal settings, you can never be too careful. You know those weird, bad vibes you start to feel when you're alone at the bar while your friends ran to dance, go to the restroom, etc., and a person across the bar starts staring, but not in a good way -- an uncomfortable way. Those feelings disappear when your friends return, right? Right. This is because this statement holds true; when there is more than one of you out, the less likely you are to find yourself in a bad situation. The more, the merrier!

2. Never leave your drink.


I cannot stress this one enough, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DRINK UNATTENDED!!! While you're not holding your drink, it is at risk of being: A) drugged or B) stolen or spilled. While people always say, "Don't cry over spilled milk.", I think it's OK to cry over a little spilled alcohol - -that stuff isn't cheap. But being drugged is definitely way worse than spilling. You have got to be careful, date rape is real and isn't only found in the movies.

3. Walk in well-lit areas.

Who thinks, "Wow! Walking in this dark ally is such a great idea!"? Literally no one. It's safest to walk in well-lit areas because you are able to see what is around you better and, if anything does happen, others are more likely to see it as well.

4. Invest in pepper spray.

You never know when you might need it! It just might save your life. It can easily be carried on a key chain or in a purse or wristlet.

5. Walk with your keys in hand.

Be ready to get into your car once you get there and lock the doors as soon as you get in. Before push to start cars, and most people still had actual keys to start their vehicle, you could hold them as if they were a weapon to protect yourself against attack. But the quicker you can get to your car and lock yourself in, the less amount of time there is that something could happen.

6. Know where the exits are.

When you walk into a place, look for red exit signs and different ways to get in and out of the location you're at. In case of an emergency, you're going to want to get out as quick as possible.

Stay safe out there!

Whether you're out alone or out with friends, always be aware of your surroundings and keep these easy tips in mind so you can have fun and be safe at the same time!

Cover Image Credit: Trinity Kubassek

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You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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Even When You Don't Have It In You

For the struggling college student at the start of a new semester.

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The above picture represents a stage in my life that I thought I would never get through. I had just finished final exams and was terrified of the outcome of my last semester as a Junior. I had experienced so many mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks from a series of events and low places that I found myself in throughout the semester, so much that my mom had to stay with me during final exams. I needed encouragement, and I needed it bad.

Kind of like right now, and I'm sure that some of you might find yourself in the same place.

While the start of a new semester looks shiny and promising, there is always that point when reality begins to settle in, and you realize that responsibilities are resurfacing just as fast as they left at the onset of Christmas break.

You show up to the first day of classes, all of your professors throw a syllabus at you, as well as your final exam date, and you begin to feel your forehead break out in sweat. We've all been there, and that is precisely the place that I found myself at while sitting in my first ever 8 AM of my college career.

Not only do we attend classes, but nightly meetings as well, all while attempting to retain a social life and keep up with our mental health.

It's A LOT. I know it. I've been there.

There have been days when I wanted to simply throw in the towel, and quit school altogether.

I have been at the point when I couldn't find even a sliver of motivation to get me through the meetings, the extra credit seminars, work, or even to church.

The feeling of defeat is nothing new to me, but what I have learned is something that will forever be a constant even though my motivation level is not always.

The Lord doesn't love you because you do everything right, or you attend every meeting and aren't a second late... The Lord loves you because of you are His, and that will never change.

See, regardless of our level of perfection in a certain class or at a meeting, he is always constant, always.

Regardless of our inability to give ourselves creditor to take time to breathe, his loves you fully, with no prerequisites.

That is what had gotten me through the majority of my sleepless night when a responsibility or test kept me awake at night with anxious thoughts.

Regardless of our performance, or how good we look to the people of this Earth, our worth is found in God, and we must not let performance or standards of society fog up our sight of that.

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