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Staying Safe: A Student Perspective

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This piece was written by Caroline Contreras.  Caroline is a student here on campus working to earn her Bachelor’s in Computer Science.  Her goal is to one day become a competent back-end developer working on exciting projects.  In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, playing lots of Indie video games, and  watching tech videos.

As a student or faculty of Bakersfield College, having that peace of mind when walking to classes and performing everyday routines is a must. Whether I am on campus or out and about, I am always mindful of these strategies to keep myself safe.

Always be aware of your surroundings! It can be tempting to put on your headphones and blast K-pop, closing the world off around you. However, make a mental note to scan the area around you. Knowing where you are and who is around you is valuable information.

Second, try your best to walk with a friend or in a group. Not only will this maximize your chances of getting that good gossip, it will significantly lower the chances of you becoming the target of a perpetrator. 

Never meet up with someone at their house unless you really know them. Try to schedule group meetings on campus or other public locations. Even more convenient, schedule meetings through Zoom from the safety of your own home.

In a perfect world, these tips would be garbage. But it isn’t a perfect world, so these tips can potentially save you from a lot of trouble. Don’t take your own safety for granted! As our College Safety team says: “If you See Something, Say Something, so we can Do Something.” Call College Safety at (661)395-4554 or visit their website for more information.


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