The transition from high school to college was a huge leap for me. I went from being someone who lived and attended schools in small and quiet towns all my life to moving to my nearest city for college.
There was a lot I had to adjust to with time: the noise, being surrounded by more people than I was used to, larger class sizes, a lot more walking from place to place, and most importantly, I had to develop a whole new level of caution when it came to personal safety.
In the fall, I’m going into my senior year of college and I guess you could say that I’ve learned quite a few things along the way about personal safety in these last few years.
I felt it would be important to share what I’ve learned to my fellow college students who follow me and read my blog because personal safety is something that never hurts to take caution of.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Utilize personal safety apps
We live in a digital age and there’s one thing that remains true about many of us: we often tend to have our phones handy.
Nowadays there are so many apps that guarantee personal safety, but the one I trust and favor the most is the iWitness App. Here’s why:
This app turns your smartphone into your very own personal safety device. Whether you are heading back to your dorm/apartment after a night class or a night out, heading to an exercise class or on a jog outdoors, you are guaranteed to have strong layer of safety right at your fingertips.
This app works in just a few simple steps:
If at any point you want to an extra level of safety, you just open the iWitness app and it will immediately begin recording video and audio of your surroundings via your phone’s camera and track your GPS location.
It Gets You Immediate Help
If you begin to feel endangered or need some more help, you can tap anywhere on the screen in the app where it will sound an alarm and will initiate a call to 911.
Alerts Emergency Contacts
When setting up this app, iWitness asks you to provide emergency contacts that you can add so that they will be contacted via text and e-mail informing them that you feel endangered and need them to call immediately. The app will also send them your GPS location and the video that was recorded of your surroundings.
At any point needed, the videos that you have recorded can be reviewed through the iWitness app on your phone.
iWitness has been my best friend now more than ever. I’m currently on summer break and one of my goals this summer is to devote more time to fitness and spending time outdoors.
Lately, I’ve been discovering new trails in my area to go walking and jogging on. It’s simple situations like those where my iWitness app can be life-saving especially if I go by myself.
I feel so much better knowing that if anything were to happen, I have a powerful, yet easy-to-use personal safety device right by my side.
Always let a family member or friend know your location
Whenever you go out, whether that be to a party, the store or to class, make sure that at least a roommate, friend or family member knows about your whereabouts.
An easy and effective way to do this is by sharing your location on your phone with them. Such a simple action can make all the difference and can even save your life.
Walk with other people (if you can!)
Walking with other people gives you some more power in a threatening situation instead of walking alone.
I’ve witnessed a lot of people feel awkward asking another person to accompany them on a walk (I’ve definitely been there,) but I’ve come to realize that it actually isn’t an uncommon thing at all! You have to remember that your safety is a top priority.
Stay in areas that are well-lit & surrounded by other people
This is something that I love to do especially when I happen to be walking on my campus or anywhere else at night.
I have a much better peace of mind when I take paths back to my destination where I know the area is brightly lit and there are going to be other people in that same area as well. It makes me feel less alone especially if I don’t have anyone to accompany me in that moment.
Lock your dorm or apartment when you’re not there
No matter how friendly or inviting your dorm building or apartment complex seems, it never hurts to lock your doors when you’re not there. This not only keeps you safe, but it can prevent any potential or harmful situations in the future.
No matter where you are in the world, it is important to be cautious of your surroundings.
The world can be a scary place, but I hope you realize that with the right tips and tools, fear doesn’t have to hinder you from enjoying the beauty that life has to offer.
What are some of your personal safety tips? Let me know in the comments. You could be helping someone else!
To learn more about the iWitness App, click here.