Freshmen are descending on college campuses and perhaps unknowingly entering the “red zone” — a period until Thanksgiving during which they are most vulnerable to sexual assault.
About 1,100 students are making their debut as freshmen at the University of Maryland in the new spring term under an unusual arrangement that delayed their admission until space opened up at College Park.
The first six weeks of college are critical. That’s when habits related to future academic success can be formed. And that can be when drinking starts or is exacerbated, often due to student expectations and social pressures, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
No one in Jose Mangandi’s family has ever gone to college. But at 14, he is already there.