College parties can be fun and they are pretty much considered a rite of passage as well as a must-have undergraduate experience. Don’t get carried away with the notion that parties are for unserious students. Many young people today, despite attending college parties, are still quite responsible. Even more, not everyone who attends a college party is out there to drink until they are wasted. Some of them are want to make friends and build networking opportunities that will serve them beyond their college lives. Whether you are a freshman or in your senior year with no college party experience, here are 4 things you should know about college parties.

  1. You will Meet Different Types of People

They say to make new friends, it is best to keep an open mind. While it’s not far from the truth you should equally not be too quick to trust just anyone. At college parties, you will be exposed to all sorts of characters. Everyone from the cream of the crop to real creeps is out there.

Yes, creeps will be there too and you have to be careful. Try not to go out alone, instead, go with friends who you trust, so you can protect each other. More importantly, dress in comfortable clothes because if you don’t, your body language will be loud. You need all the cards stacked in your favor to make the most of the night.

  1. People Will Get Wasted

While all college parties are not characterized by heavy drinking, a majority of them are and with binge drinking comes a bunch of really bad decisions. Listen, you do not have to join the bandwagon, for the most part, you’ll end up feeling horrible if it’s something you were influenced to do.

Before heading out, you and your friends should set a precise exit time. Also, appoint a designated driver or use a taxi if you all intend to drink. Best believe that the DUI charge is not worth it. However, if this happens, immediately reach out to Yeargan and Kert for assistance.

  1. Be Prepared

The exciting thing about college parties is that they are almost like an adventure – you never really know what is going yo happen. Don’t take a cue from this, get ahead of the situation and be prepared for any scenario. For instance, before the party, it’s advisable to stay hydrated and have dinner. You see, skipping dinner will only make you get drunk a lot faster, and no one likes a lightheaded sloppy drunk.

Additionally, carry some extra cash, have tissue paper handy and BYOB (bring your own booze). Besides the risk of having your served drink spiked, you can never trust the drinks at a college party to be enough, and they may not even have what you want. So, bring your own beverage to avoid disappointments.

  1. You are Still Cool if Parties are Not Your Thing

Maybe you went to a party once and decided it was not your thing, that is alright. Big college parties are not for everyone and you are not the only one who feels this way. There are other ways to have fun and network that do not involve binge drinking and loud music. You can opt for a small intimate gathering where the people and vibe fit into your lifestyle as opposed to giving up on parties altogether.

At the end of the day, you are smart enough to make good decisions like not going too hard at a party when you have a morning class.

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