7 Tips on Staying Safe While Studying in the USA

Staying Safe While Studying

The United States is a wonderful country, but it can be intimidating for international students. As with many places, it’s better not to err on the side of caution to minimize your risk of inconvenience. To make your trip to the United States fruitful and trouble-free, here are 7 tips on how to stay safe while studying in the USA.

Student Safety Tips for Study Abroad

Don’t stroll around at night, especially alone

Walking the beautiful cobblestone streets of USA is one of the best ways to explore the place, but when night falls, the scene completely changes. Try to avoid strolling alone through deserted alleys at night. And if at all you’re out at night alone, take a cab back home. Taxis/cabs are a reliable mode of transport in the USA. However, make sure you are using metered taxi so you’re not ripped off your money. Also, it is highly recommended to let others know where you are going and stay connected with them through phone at all times.

Be aware of your surroundings

This is perhaps the most important safety tip when studying abroad. It is always good to be aware and alert of your surroundings. If you’re in a busy place, be aware of the people and things that are happening around you. If the situation doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts.  Moreover, get to know your surroundings, like what areas should be avoided at all costs, what is the public transportation mode and how does it work, etc.

Keep your valuables close to you

Valuables like cash, passport, etc. should be kept close or in a secure location. Example: if you’re carrying a backpack when travelling by public transportation, keep it in front; put your wallet or purse out of pockets that are in easy reach while travelling via public transport. On a similar note, do not carry much cash. Only carry what you’ll need for the day. Besides, there are ATMs at every nook and corner, so you can take out any amount whenever you want. Keep copies of important documents, not the originals, with you at all times.

Keep important numbers handyKeep important numbers handy

This is an important piece of advice for everyone studying abroad. Keep a list of important numbers both in your phone and on a piece of paper (should your phone get stolen or lost). These numbers should include college authority, friends, family, home country’s embassy number, and most importantly, emergency numbers, 911 in case of USA where you can reach police, ambulance and fire brigade.

Blend in and keep a low profile

As you’re an out-of-towner, who has come to study abroad in the USA, it is best to keep a low profile; do not talk loudly, try to dress a little as the locals do (that’s not to say you need to be uncomfortable) – this will simply help you blend in, in addition to keeping you away from unwanted attention.

Interact with locals

Generally, the people of the US are warm, welcoming and willing to help out foreigners. Make sure you take every chance to talk with local people and you might end up making lifelong friendship. Not to mention, having local friends will help you learn the culture, language and most importantly, they will be there with you if you’re in any problem or need any sort of help.

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