(WBRE/WYOU) Students heading back to school will be learning both inside and outside the classroom. This year.
Especially college students who are on their own for the first time.
Eyewitness News Reporter Valerie Tysanner shows us how local colleges are making sure everyone stays safe.
Arms laden with textbooks.
One of the many signs around town that students are heading back to school.
“Its definitely nerve wracking coming in the first weekend but as time gets on you get more comfortable so this year being a junior its really nice.” Said Anthony Rubincam, Wilkes Student
Many young adults use college to explore their independence. Now that they’re away from home for the first time.
Getting the full “college experience” — often means going to parties… And experimenting with alcohol.
“I was just like this is not what they said on tv people would be dancing no they were just sitting down like one couch it was so dumb they were playing the same song over and over again.” Said Ymari Williams, Wilkes Student
Local colleges make sure to educate students on the dangers of drinking to excess.. and drinking and driving.
Misericordia university, has a unique way to reach the so-called “fraternity generation…”
They host an educational magic and hypnosis show.
“Make sure you’re making the choices best for you not what you think you’re supposed to do not the media or tv or friends.” Said Robert Hackenson, Junior -Edutainer and dynamic influence
Other schools – like Wilkes University – combine educational sessions in residence halls with peer educators who preach a message of safety.
And students say they’re listening.
“When I came here it was really different from what people had told me. But I say the life experience I had freshman year has made me who I am today.” Added Jonery Hernandez, Wilkes
Local campus officials say if a student ever feels unsafe they should call campus security