Dear Rollins students,
As spring break approaches, we are at that time of the academic year when students all over the country begin breaks for a week of fun and relaxation. While some of students choose to stay close to campus or head back to their hometowns, others take part in Immersions and alternative spring breaks, or head to beaches and other destinations.
Spring break is a needed pause in the semester, but it also requires responsibility and research to stay safe. With spring break beginning at the end of this week, I wanted to share a few health and safety tips for a safe and responsible holiday.
Before You Leave On Break Take Some Time to Plan A Few Things:
- If you are heading to a destination, research the area you are traveling to. Be sure to write down all local emergency numbers and store them in your cell phone.
- Give your family members the address where you will be staying and the contact information of anyone you will be traveling with. Also, give your travel partners your emergency contact information as well.
- Make copies of your itinerary, license, (passport if going abroad) and credit cards to bring with you on your trip. Having copies will make it easier for you to get replacements in case anything is stolen or lost.
- If traveling to a new destination, become familiar with the local laws and customs. Remember: even though you are just visiting and on spring break you are still expected to follow the laws.
- If you are staying around campus or going home…enjoy your time and plan to do things that bring you joy!
During Your Break Keep the Following Tips in Mind:
- Choose awareness! Utilize the buddy system with a friend, always be alert and aware of your surroundings, avoid being alone with anyone who you don’t know or trust.
- Trust and follow your instincts.
- Never leave personal items or electronics unattended.
- It’s never a good idea to accept food or drinks from strangers, be sure to drink responsibly, especially when you are in an unfamiliar place.
- Don’t be afraid to carefully and thoughtfully intervene for a friend if it appears she/he needs help.
- Know your surroundings and plan for your return from being out. Always carry emergency cash and have your charged cell phone with you.
- Remember, if you or a friend are intoxicated, impaired judgment places you at a much greater risk for injury, unwanted sexual contact, or police intervention.
- If outdoors for long periods of time, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you start feeling faint or light headed, get shade and drink water immediately. Don’t forget to use sunscreen, too!
- Don’t believe the hype about the college hook-up culture. Not everyone is hooking up. Consenting to have sex or not to have sex are personal decisions and shouldn’t be influenced by anyone but you.
- During the break, there may be temptations to do activities that involve high-risk activity. Think twice before putting yourself at risk or harm for injury.
- Get some rest, and don’t forget to relax!
I hope you have a safe, healthy, and joyful spring break.
Dr. Mamta 🙂