Your college years will be the most important of your life, and the college party ritual is the icing on the cake. But here’s the challenge: How do you avoid being “that girl” on campus when nearly 90% of all college parties involve heavy drinking? There must be a way to have a great time at a college party AND get a higher education at the same time…
1) Don’t be that girl.
Who is she? The one who barrels through a round of Jell-O shots before the party’s even really begun. She’s the one who wears party clothes around the campus every day, even for lectures. That girl always seems to be having a bit too much fun- she’s the life of the party at college, and she’s fun to watch…for a while.
This doesn’t mean you should avoid going to college parties. All work and no party is no way to go through the next four years of college, even if you’re serious about your major.
2) Prepare to party!
Tell a college friend who won’t be at the party that you’ll be coming back late, so she can check up on you the next day to make sure you got back to your dorm safely. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Make sure you have a ride home, but have a credit card AND cash handy, in case your friends go bar hopping and you want to take a taxi back to dorm.
3) Enjoy the party without drinking.
Believe it or not, you can go out with your college friends and have a good time without coming back to your dorm stoned drunk at 3 am.
Have your back-up lines ready:
“I don’t really like drinking. It makes me sick. And then I won’t be any fun at all!”
“I only drink on special occasions.”
“I’d rather sit here and chat.”
“I have a paper due tomorrow morning, and I’m not finished.”
“If you need a ride back to campus after the party, I’m here!”
4) Stand up for yourself!
Consider this the first of many lessons in self-assertion you will experience in college. Once you’ve made the choice not to drink in college, stick to it!
Anybody who tries to talk you into drinking at a college party is probably trying to manipulate you for his own reasons.
Real friends will respect your decision not to drink at a college party. These are the friends you will keep for life!
5) Drink responsibly
That girl on the campus drinks everything that’s put in front of her nose. Instead, follow some basic safe drinking tips when going to a college party. Eat dinner at your dorm room before the party. At the party, try to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
6) Have fun!
Whether or not you decide to have a drink, it’s important to keep a healthy perspective. You’re there to socialize, meet new people, and soak up the whole college party atmosphere. It’s called fun. If at any point the party starts to take a wrong turn, or stops being fun, then leave. Or find somebody else to hang out with.
7) Develop a buddy system
Before the party, you and your college gal pals should set up a code word or phrase to avoid uncomfortable or dangerous scenarios. In case a guy is coming on too strong, or you want to excuse yourself because you really have to leave early to get back to campus to study for an exam. Decide on a secret message to pass on to your friends that means “Time to leave the party!”
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