College is an amazing time to explore new things, make lifelong friends, and study what you’re passionate about! A big part of college, whether you participate in it or not, is the party scene and at Pitt, there are definitely plenty of opportunities to explore that part of life if you’re looking! If partying is something you do choose to take part it, and there’s no shame in either choice, then there are some things you should know in order to stay safe while having fun at Pitt.
1.Watch your drinks
This is a necessity, especially in these modern days where drugs are cheap, easy to find, and their contents are unknown to most. You can’t trust everyone you meet and you should never trust someone who isn’t explicitly close to you with your drink at a party. If you leave your drink unattended, throw it away and make a new one. It might seem overdramatic but keep yourself and your friends safe by just starting over. There’s no need to risk a life-threatening, life-ruining situation.
2. Don’t leave your friends behind
This works two ways: never leave your friends at a party alone and never let your friend leave alone. You came as a group, you should leave as a group. Obviously, there are exceptions to this from time to time, but make sure you know who your friends are with, if they’re not with you, and how they will be getting home at the end of the night before you split up.
3. Never walk alone
This one goes with #2 but it’s much more common than you think. Sometimes you’ve had enough and just want to go home, but please make sure you convince someone to leave with you. Even if it means waiting a little longer to go, walking with at least one other person is essential to staying safe in Oakland. The streets are dark, the sidewalks are uneven, and we are in a city so not everyone you meet is going to be nice or normal. Air on the side of caution here and walk with a group to keep everyone safe.
4. Trust your gut
Your gut is your best friend at Pitt, especially when it comes to parties. College parties are filled with students trying to impress other students which is normally all fine and dandy…until it isn’t. If you feel like something is off, or you feel uncomfortable in any way, trust your instincts and leave or grab a friend or call campus police. Everyone around you wants you to stay safe so use your resources to ensure that happens.
5. Don’t walk with headphones
Now, obviously, this applies less during the day but at night you should never walk with headphones in. It makes you unaware of your surroundings which puts you at risk while you’re out. It might seem like it makes people think you’re less approachable or offputting, but really it just makes you a target.
6. Don’t take *that* shortcut
You know the one, it shaves 3 minutes off your walk but means you have to walk through an unlit, narrow alleyway, or something to that effect. Again, it’s not worth it! Those shortcuts are gold mines for people looking to harm others and you do not want to be that person. 3 minutes isn’t going to kill you, you’ll get home eventually, but certainly in one, safe, happy piece if you stick to roads that are well lit and densely populated with other people.
Some of these might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t listen and end up in some serious, dangerous situations. The party scene can be great and can give you endless memories, but follow these tips to make sure those are all positive memories 🙂