Spring Breakers…Have fun but be safe

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Spring Break Cautions & Tips
You made it U of L students!  It’s Spring Break!

According to a recent article about Spring Break, the travel industry predicts that 1.5 million students will partake in spring break this year, some even out of country. That’s a lot of students. Enough to make anyone second guess that decision to stay home on the couch instead of heading south for a few days.

But are you missing out? The article weighs in

 Large numbers of students reported getting sick from alcohol and having unprotected sex, sex with more than one partner, or group sex. A night of wild, unprotected sex with a stranger or two may sound like an adventure, but for too many it leads to a lifelong disease (like herpes or hepatitis) or an unwanted pregnancy. Alcohol poisoning can result in a trip to the local hospital and an unpleasant, highly dangerous end to the vacation.

Unplanned pregnancies or STDs are certainly possible consequences of a wild spring break.  (Check out this anti #YOLO picture here.)

But don’t judge too soon.  According to a study in 2009 at Penn State, many students are not succumbing to social pressures or even the “norms” of Spring Break:

Participants in a 2009 study of students’ motivations for going on spring break that was done at Penn State showed that most didn’t go to get wasted or to have uninhibited sex. Most students, in fact, reported that they go to vacation spots simply to get away from the usual routine of school, to have a relaxed vacation, to spend time with friends and family or just because they have nowhere else to spend the week their schools shut down.

However you spend your Spring Break keep in mind there are consequences for each and every action. But at the same time rest, relax, get a tan, and socialize.  And check out these tips below (from the same article) about how to stay safe!

Safety Tips from Students Who Have Been There

Tips from students who have gone on spring break and had a good time without getting into trouble sound terribly like what any good parent will tell you. Don’t let that stop you from taking care of yourself.

  1. Tell your parents or other people at home where you are going, who you’ll be with, and when to expect you back. Let them know how to reach you if necessary. Stay in touch to let them know you’re okay. They will worry less. You will be safer. Hopefully you won’t be one of those who drop out of sight. But if you are, it’s important that someone knows where you were supposed to be and who was with you.
  2. Use the buddy system. When you are in a bar or in a partying crowd, take care of each other. Don’t let yourselves get separated.
  3. Don’t go anywhere with strangers. No exceptions. See number 2. If you meet up with people who want to show you the town or take you to their homes, don’t.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings. Take a moment to assess the scene and to decide if it’s where you really want to be. Know where the exits are. Don’t let yourself get isolated.
  5. Know the local laws, especially if you are traveling outside the U.S.
  6. Don’t drink to the point that you’re out of control. Don’t drink anything given to you by someone you don’t know.
  7. Stay hydrated. Alcohol and sun are a bad mix that can result in dehydration and sun poisoning. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. (No, beer doesn’t count for hydrating.)
  8. Be firm and clear about boundaries. Stay out of situations where your intentions about sex can be misunderstood.
  9. Don’t have unprotected sex or do anything sexual that is against your own moral principles. When you get home, you’ll still be with the you that was there.
  10. Don’t carry all your money. Keep your return ticket and some cash in the hotel safe so you are certain you can get home.

And, yes, have fun. Just use the good sense you were born with while you do it and you’ll go home with a nice tan and no regrets.

Read the entire article here.

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