Living on-campus can be convenient and comfortable. You don’t have to walk long distances down the hill to get to your hostel. Whatever you need or want is right here on campus, from the food, to study spaces, late night snacks, to a secured environment with the Third Eye Security personnel watching over you, and so on. For students who live off-campus, that’s not always the case.
Kuulpeeps Ashesi is here to give you some tips on how to stay safe when you live off-campus.
- Walk in groups
This is the first and most important safety measure to take. When you walk in groups, you feel comfortable and secured. Don’t leave campus around 1 am walking alone in the dark and foggy road down the hill. If you are struggling to find someone to walk through the dark foggy road with, start by WhatsApping or calling your friends. Ask them the latest time they will leave campus. Talk about the time and settle on the perfect time. You can even form a group with the people you share the same hostel with. When you are leaving campus late, just drop a message on the group asking which people are still on campus.
2. Ask the security personnel to walk with you
The Third-Eye security personnel on campus are very friendly. They don’t wear masks, and neither do they talk to students in a harsh way. So feel free to approach them. They are trained to ensure your safety. When you are leaving campus late in the evening or early in the morning, do well to approach them to assist you to your hostel.
3. Have pepper spray
Yep. You heard it here first. You can get pepper spray from a pharmacy near you. Hold it when walking down the hill alone. In case you feel or see someone strange walking towards you, then you aim it at them. For ladies, Kuulpeeps Ashesi advises you to own one since we are not as physically strong as our male counterparts.
We hope these tips helped. Let’s make it a point to look out for each other. And be safe out there.