The women of today’s world are more empowered than in year’s past, taking leadership roles in their chosen profession, seeking advanced degrees in fields once dominated by men and demanding equality in all walks of life.
Getting a young adult prepared for college involves much more than buying books and securing a dorm room. New freedoms and opportunities will bring circumstances that affect the emotions and choices that students will make outside the classroom. The stresses involved in the first semester of college can cause dangerous impulses if a person is not emotionally and maturely prepared.
Going off to college is one of the greatest independent steps young adults take in their lives. Living on their own, they make their own daily choices in everything. One of these choices is what foods they’ll eat, how much of it, and when they’ll eat.
Sexual assault is a significant issue on college and university campuses nationwide, and unfortunately one that does not get the attention it deserves. While the popular perception of academic institutions is often of “ivory towers” where young adults are sheltered from the harsher realities, research shows that college women are actually at greater risk for sexual assault and rape in the United States than women their age overall, and in the population in general.
Knowing that certain things are linked is not the same as understanding how or why they are so. For example, it has been well-established that drinking alcohol has a direct bearing on the prevalence of unsafe sexual behavior. It is also known that unsafe or unprotected sex is a leading cause of HIV/AIDS.
If you went to college, you most likely remember the parties. Young adults free of the restrictions of home and parents often cut loose and overdo it. College is a time when young people experiment with their independence, and not always in positive ways.
Most of us have seen those clips from “Girls Gone Wild” where nudity and debauchery is applauded—even encouraged; where booze flows like water from a tap. For many college students, this type of party-animal behavior is a way to let loose, whether it’s during Spring Break or at a party on a Saturday night. However, this raucous behavior also brings with it consequences that many college students are unaware of, especially for women. The percentage of female college students who binge drink—meaning they consume at least four drinks within a two-hour period—has been on a steady rise for the last 20 years.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has agreed to fund a $3 million study on lesbian health. The research, spearheaded by University of Illinois, Chicago professor of health systems science Tonda Hughes, will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date statistics from Hughes’s original study conducted ten years ago.
While binge drinking may be easily associated with male college students, the reality is that this gender does not have dominance in this dangerous activity. According to a recent news story on Chron.com, girls are trying to keep up with these boys and are suffering the consequences.