Your Student Life: Celebrate Summer Safely

April 28, 2021

Classes are finished! You’ve made it to summer. You may be looking forward to internships, a job, next steps or maybe you’re just looking forward to a break from classes. Whatever this summer brings, it is important to always remember to take care of yourself and others no matter where you are. Some things to consider: 

Party Smart 
Choose to drink? Make sure you are safe and smart. Even if you don’t drink, this information can be helpful for you to support a friend. 

  • Eat and drink water before, during and after drinking. 
  • Before you go out, plan a safe way home. The university’s Lyft Ride Smart still operates over the summer. 
  • Do not leave your drinks unattended or accept a drink that was open before you received it. 
  • Never mix alcohol with other substances; it is difficult to know how substances will interact with one another.  
  • Be an active bystander; always help someone that may be in need. 

 

Mental Health Matters 
While the stressors of school may be gone, it is important to proactively take care of your mental health 

  • Get outside daily. Studies have shown that even five minutes outdoors can improve your well-being. 
  • Practice gratitude. Expressing gratitude has a positive impact on your well-being. 
  • Prioritize yourself. Get enough sleep, be active and eat nutritious foods. 
  • Many services are even more readily available to you no matter where you are due to virtual options. Visit Student Life’s Student Wellness Center and Counseling and Consultation Service websites for virtual and on-demand resources. Download and utilize the Ohio State Wellness App too.  

 

In This Together  
Summer may take us further than six feet apart, potentially across the country or the world. No matter where you are, don’t forget we are still living through a pandemic.  

  • Remain physically distant in social settings.  
  • Wear a mask.  
  • Get the vaccine. Find where to go in your city  If you are local to Columbus, you can get your shot at the Schott or, for now, at the Ohio Union.  

Michaela Martin 
Assistant Director 
Student Wellness Center 
Office of Student Life