« on: April 13, 2007, 11:35:50 AM »
As a young woman with not a lot of upper body strength, I definitley worry about my safety walking around at night. That being said, I grew up in NYC and I definitley think I have good instincts and know how to take precautions. If you are nervous about transitioning to an urban enviornment, you might want to consider taking a woman's self defense course. A good class is not just kicking and screaming no. The course I took taught me a lot about not being intimidated, how to handle harrasment or cat calling on the street, and not freezing up when you get scared of something. Like I said, I grew up in NYC and have been basically riding the subway to "bad" neighborhoods for years - even with all my home grown instincts, my self defense class helped enormously with my comfort level and my perception of myself. I would recommend it to any woman nervous about being in a big city or who just wants a little more confidence.
And to add to this thread, while my visits to Seton Hall and Newark were only for a couple of hours (and I'm sure there are worse parts of Newark to see), I really didn't get what the big deal was. The blocks I walked on were crowded with students and police officers. In fact, one of the students there complained that there were cops everywhere. Doesn't eveyone say Temple is in a bad section of town too? People deal with it and commute if they feel that uncomfortable. Plus, if Newark is lame, you just take the train to NYC or Hoboken or whatever - it isn't like your trapped in "desolation."