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By Colleen Mertes
Parties are a reality of college life. From Frat parties to Thirsty Thursdays at The Bench, chances are you’ll find yourself at a party during your college career. You’ll want to know some things you may not think about before you go have the time of your life that you won’t remember. Listen up, Freshmen! Parties are not all glitz and glamour. Here are 10 things you need to know before you go:
1. Get Red Watch Band certified
I can’t stress this enough. It’s a good thing to do, and IT’S FREE. So you really don’t have an excuse.
At Stony Brook University, students can go through training to help them recognize toxic drinking emergencies and learn when they should seek professional help. Drinking is a reality of college parties. Getting red band certified could help you save the life of friends or even someone you don’t know. Whether you’re a freshman or a Senior reading this, sign up now.
I am in no way advocating underage drinking. I am, however, a realist. I know you young freshman will be wanting to taste the forbidden fruit. If you do, don’t get completely smashed your first time drinking. It puts you in an unsafe situation. Know your limits; drink lots of water; and don’t be peer pressured into those shots of vodka.
3. Don’t go alone
Oh my lanta. DO NOT go alone to your first (or any) college party. Don’t rely on “roofie” nail polish (although it is neat). Always bring a friend. As a freshman, you probably won’t know anyone there. Use the buddy system, and don’t stray from your buddy! We are all in this together.
4. Set rules for the party
To avoid making regrettable decisions, let a friend know if you plan on hooking up or if you don’t want to at all. They can remind you of that decision when you are less inhibited. It could even be that you don’t want to drink, so a friend can drink for you in beer pong. Whatever it is, it helps to have someone who can advocate for you.
5. Have a set plan to get home
Whether it is a Designated Driver or a taxi, have a plan BEFORE you go to the party. Don’t think you’ll make a plan after the party. You won’t, and you don’t want to be stuck at a frat house. If you plan ahead, you are sure to have a sober driver or the phone number and money for the cab to get home. This brings us to…
6. Carry some cash
Bring your own BEVERAGE. Yes, most parties will have BEVERAGES, but they might be gone when you get there. You might want something specific, but don’t rely on college kids to have it. If you do, you may get stuck with PBR, a day old keg or water. Especially if you don’t want to drink alcohol, a wise choice for your age, bring some soda. Haters gonna hate.
8. Pocket a packet of tissues
I don’t care if you have to carry the tissues in your bra. Always try to bring some! It will be useful for cleaning up your hot mess of a face, wiping off your chin if you get sick, or, in a pinch, as toilet paper. You never know what could happen, which is part of the fun, but also means be prepared.
You’ll regret it. Yes, everyone knows you’re hungover. Don’t be that kid sitting in 8 a.m. class with sunglasses and the face of death. Don’t do that to yourself. Be nice to your body, head and relationship with your professors. Make sure you can sleep in a little after a night out.
10. Not going is totally cool
Whether you don’t ever want to go to a party, or you go to one and decide it’s not your thing, it’s totally okay. Maybe you do like parties, but you really just need a night in to lay in bed with no pants and binge watch Friends on Netflix. That’s cool too. Don’t let anyone try to make you feel uncool or stuck up for not going to parties.
Honestly, you’re probably smarter than the rest of us.