Whatever the reason, if you find yourself having to walk somewhere at night, bring a friend with you whenever possible.
If this isn't an option, make sure you have your cell phone with you and have your campus's security number programmed in your phone.
More and more colleges across the country are making condoms easily accessible to students -- some even provide them for free.
We have found that college can sometimes be just as much of a cooker for peer pressure as high school, and it can be easier to give in because there isn't always a person of authority in close proximity.
Although it is important to socialize and engage in activities outside of academic areas, it is equally important to remember that one of the main reasons you are in college is to get an education.
Although going shopping with new friends is a lot more appealing than studying for an exam, in the long run the latter is the better choice.
Go with your gut instincts and don't be afraid to look over your shoulder every once in a while when you are walking, especially if you are alone.
If you engage in consensual sexual activity at any time, make sure that you use protection.
Unwanted pregnancy is not the only reason for this; according to the Sexual Health Awareness Group, college students have a high vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases.
Of course, if you find yourself constantly struggling, seek help from your professor or teaching assistant.
While it's important to keep in contact with your family and friends back home, it is also completely natural (and expected) that you'll be homesick.
This sounds like a given, but in a situation involving lots of people, it can be easy to lose track of what may be happening around you.
If you are drinking at a party, opt to mix or pour your own drink or watch the person who is doing the mixing or pouring.