Surviving the Party Phase
All right parents, let’s be honest: your sweet little precious gifts from above like to party and have a good time in college.
Now understand that this partying in college is usually just a good (or bad) phase of ours. From my perspective, a lot of what you go through in college is going to turn into a phase (or you better hope it does, at least). You never want to let a phase take over your life.
I know I went through my epic party phase from my freshman to basically early junior year. Let’s say I learned a lot very quickly because surviving that phase was no easy task. Here are my takeaways from the experience.
You came to college to learn, but you also came to have a good time. I mean, be honest.
Very few people don’t go out in college. I can maybe think of a handful of my friends who don’t. My advice to you young ones is let loose. But make sure you’re with people you trust in a location where you feel comfortable.
Just have fun — the best way to learn is to hit a morning after a party where you are contemplating life because of just how awful you feel. This is basically what I did. I went as hard in the paint as I could and got my super crazy phase out of the way. Basically, I learned my limits.
At the same token, if your friends tell you you’re cut off, listen to them. They really are doing you a favor, and they are telling you that because they care. (And remember, your judgment is likely severely impaired.)
Have a Plan
This might sound random, but have a plan for the night. Don’t just go out and “see what happens.”
Start your night with a set plan like “If this party is lame, then we will go here or here, then go home.” Always stick to that plan because it comes in handy — it will keep you from ending up at a sketchy house with people you don’t know. Always be mindful of avoiding putting yourself in a bad situation.
Basically, know when to say no. Your friends might push you to stay out or keep partying, but don’t be afraid to be that guy who calls it an early night.
Before you crash out in your bed, prepare for the battle that awaits you the next morning. Drink one or two bottles of water and a couple aspirin or whatever headache medicine you have.
Another good tip is to get a ride to Whataburger and eat the greasiest thing they offer you and then go drink your water and pass out for the night. You need to prepare your body to survive the next morning.
Overall, this partying you do is all based on you, in my opinion. These tips might not be for you, but this is what I did, day in and day out, for about three years until I just got too old (22 is a lot different than 19) and didn’t care for partying anymore.