Tips for a Safe Spring Break
By Que’Taurus Certion
Spring semester presents many exciting social opportunities for students at the University of Mississippi. Included in these opportunities is the infamous spring break, and students may have unrealistic expectations regarding this time off from their studies.
At the Center for Wellness Education, we want to provide you and your student some tips for ensuring a safe and fun-filled vacation.
How can you help?
- Talk to your students about their plans for the break. You can discuss with them where they will be, who they plan to be with and even set a daily time for them to check in with you. Having contact information for others on the trip can help ensure everyone’s safety, especially in the case of an emergency.
- Remind your students that there are many possibilities for the break. Some students travel to beaches, the mountains, continue working or relax at home. Spring break can take many forms, so students do not need to feel pressure to conform to one idea.
- If driving is in the travel plans during the break, remind them not to be distracted by texting as it is against the law and puts others in danger.
- Remind your students to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and be cautious of their sexual health. These are simple but crucial steps in ensuring a safe and healthy break.
- Stress in the conversation that underage drinking is against the law. Drinking and driving can and should be avoided at all costs. They should look for alternative forms of transportation if someone is under the influence. Also remind them that there are other ways to have fun without the consumption of substances.
- Encourage your students and fellow travelers to be aware of their valuables at all times. These items do not need to be out in the open, and an emergency plan needs to be in place in case they are lost or stolen. Consider labeling items with their name and number to have them returned if lost.
Following these spring break survival tips can lead to a safe, fun and responsible vacation. Resources are available for students traveling for spring break at the Center for Wellness Education, but we also encourage you and your students to do adequate research on their travel destination and other smart habits for a safe time.
Que’Taurus Certion is a graduate assistant of wellness education in the Department of Campus Recreation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.