- Religion and Philosophy
College Haunts - Is There a Ghost on Campus?
Many locations around the world are said to be haunted. If you have seen any of the paranormal shows on television, you know about the really famous ones. But what about where you live? Local hauntings are most likely documented on some web site or other, or perhaps you hear about them from teachers or resident advisors. College campuses are notorious for dramatic changes and life-altering experiences, not to mention tragedies and even death, so it's no wonder that the conditions may be right for a haunting.
College life is stressful enough without having to worry about ghosts too. If you have heard that an area on or near campus is haunted (or perhaps there's a graveyard conveniently located nearby that's giving you the creeps), don't hit the panic button just yet. After all, there's always the possibility that it's just a local legend or a story made up to scare new students. On the other hand, you shouldn't go barging in and try to do anything about it yourself unless you know what you're doing and have expressly written permission from the school or property owner. The field of the paranormal is not something to be taken lightly. Although it can be fun to just sit in your dorm room telling ghost stories, watching horror movies, or generally trying to scare each other silly, you should never do things like mess around with a ouija board or go into a graveyard after hours. If you're really concerned, educate yourself on the subject by researching claims of activity or reading up on ghost hunting books (Michelle Belanger, Ryan Buell, and Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson have written a few that are well worth a look if you've seen their shows). Above all, remain calm. There may not even be any current activity, or the activity is so minor that it's largely ignored. Mostly it's the living you have to be concerned with on a daily basis, so why worry about the dead if you don't have to?
There's nothing wrong with enjoying yourself on or off campus, but act responsibly. The last thing you want is to become another statistic or tragedy, or even a ghost yourself. Depending on the situation you find yourself in, whether you are a skeptic or a believer, you need to take steps to ensure your safety and well-being. Remember that it's just as important to take care of your mental health as well as physical, so take time out to destress or see a counselor if need be. Don't try to do anything dangerous or beyond your abilities, especially if it involves a potential haunting. It's important to get the right kind of help for a more serious problem and never do anything about it completely on your own.