Prevention Spotlight: MTSU

MTSU recently conducted an activity called Mazed and Confused and they agreed to let me share it will all of you. Here is an idea to consider for when we are all back on campus and doing programming again! Please see the description below as well as photos and instructions that were given to the students. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Schrader at lisa.schrader@mtsu.edu.

From Destine Gilliland, the intern who largely implemented the project, at MTSU: From March 2-6, MTSU Health Promotion sponsored the “Mazed and Confused: Spring Break Safety Decision Quest.”  This program was an activity given to students to complete before they ventured off to spring break for a week. Students were presented with hypothetical choices regarding a spring break experience and the decisions that could potentially happen to them. Our goal was to incorporate ideas and activities that could potentially happen to a student on spring break, for example, deciding whether to go to Panama City Beach or binge watch a streaming service.  Each decision led students to another on-campus destination marked by a Mazed and Confused sign. Because the stereotypical college spring break experience can include many risky elements, our activity focused around underage alcohol use, marijuana use, driving while impaired, and having unprotected sex. The decision quest gave real life scenarios of something a student could face while being on spring break, and their decisions could lead to positive or negative outcomes.  At the conclusion of the activity, students learned how their decisions affected their hypothetical lives, whether it was an immediate outcome or a future one.

A summary of the optional activity evaluation demonstrated positive results. Students perceived “great risk” in having unprotected sex and in alcohol consumption leading to a BAC of .08 or above.  Students perceived “some risk” in smoking marijuana. Over 60% of student participants acknowledged the activity was relevant to them, and 75% responded that the activity was “Good” or “Excellent.”  It is unknown how many students completed the activity, but we marketed it to students enrolled in the Intro to Health & Wellness academic course and to students living on campus, so the potential audience was around 3,000 students. 

You can see the Student Instructions here