By Priscilla Arvizu |Staff Writer|
There are two basic fears that haunt students everywhere.
Fear of being a victim of an assault when walking from class to your car, and failing classes.
Imagine yourself in the dark walking to your car after your evening class. You begin rumbling in your school bag for your car keys, you hear footsteps hitting the pavement faster and faster. Suddenly, you turn around, you can’t see anyone following you.
News of shootings and assaults sends shock waves through students. It doesn’t comfort us knowing that throughout recent years we have heard about all these of tragic stories reoccurring on Universities.
“It’s awful walking to my car at night after my class. I call people to keep me company. It’s like carrying a tiny witness with me,” said student Ashlynne Macan.
Walking in a dark campus is one of many fears students encounter.
Fear is a response to physical and emotional danger. If we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from reasonable threats.
Many times we fear situations that are life-or-death. Other times we fear non-life threatening situations.
Traumas or bad experiences can cause a fear reaction within us that we find hard to crush. However, finding ourselves in non-life threatening situations may be a chance for us to face this fear and move past it.
Walking in a dark campus can be a potential life-threatening situation. “I always make sure I have somebody to walk with after dark,” said student Charles Grey
Student safety is essential to our campus and that is why the university offers many services to make students feel at ease.
Maintaining a safe environment setting is necessary to assist students in succeeding academically.
Fear of failing a classes is not a life-threatening situation. Yet it is a fear that many students encounter on campus. You’re not alone in this fear of failing. Anyone who goes to college at some time encounters the same fear.
“I can’t just get a D or F and every thing’s okay. I’m afraid to fail. I don’t have money nor time to fail. My heart say’s your smart and you’ll be okay,” said student Amber Williams
Solutions to help lessen most student fears are available at your request on campus.
As far as fear of failing classes sometimes it takes a failure or two to learn more than if you always did the right things.
This can be prevented. The Learning Center located in UH-351 offers free tutoring services, it is intended to develop student academic skills.
If you find yourself afraid of walking in a dark campus you can call the University Police or evening escort service. The call may be made from an on-campus phone at x75165 or at 909-537-5165 from a cell phone.
Fears encountered can be looked at in a positive aspect in many situations. Students are advised to conquer their fears and overcome them by taking it as a challenge to be better.