The official start of summer may be a little over a month away, but it’s a good time to set some ground rules, especially seeing that every day someone is going missing or being put in compromising situations. These rules won’t take away the fun of summer, but they will ensure that you are having the safest fun possible. Also, these ground rules aren’t just for summer. They’re something that should be used 24/7!
The first and most important is letting someone know where you’re going. I’m constantly in battle with my friends to let me know when they go out—especially if they’re hanging out with someone new. One of the easiest ways to do this is by sharing your location with your close friends and family members. Apple has this awesome feature where you can ALWAYS share your location. I know some people are against this feature, but it’s really a great safety tool. My friends and family are able to see where I am and if I’m ever in a sticky situation all I have to do is shoot one of them a text and they can find me.
Another thing that is important is going with your gut feeling. For example, if one of your friends asks you to go to a party and something in your gut is telling you not to go—GO WITH IT. Don’t force yourself to go somewhere just to please your friends. Those gut feelings always act as a red flag for me. If something is telling you not to go somewhere or something feels off don’t ignore it. Even if everyone around you is making you feel like you’re tweaking, go with your initiation.
Soak up the days of summer, but do it wisely. Just to recap: Don’t put yourself in situations that can easily be avoided. If you’re going out ALWAYS let someone know where you’re going, and finally, follow your gut. With so many things happening in the city this year, this summer is def going to be a vibe, just make sure that you play it safe.
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna
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