With March finally here, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to celebrate one of our all-time favorite holidays – St. Patrick’s Day. Wearing green, pretending to be Irish, hanging out with friends – what’s not to like?
Never fear – there are plenty of things that you can totally do on-campus that will help you get into the spirit of the holiday without dipping into actual spirits. Here are our top three activities for St. Patties.
DECK OUT YOUR DORM ROOM
Really want to bring out the luck of the Irish? Get decorating. Hit up your local craft or big-box retailer like Target or Walmart to get your hands on the perfect decorations to turn your room into a St. Patrick’s Day paradise. If you’re on a budget, you can always try stores like Five Below or Dollar Tree to get cheap decorations that will still look totally amazing!
If you want to take it to the next level, try chatting with your RA about decorating the hallway, too. This is a great way to socialize with your dorm mates in a low-pressure and super fun way (and is also a great distraction from the stress of classes)! Always be sure to get permission from the RA or building supervisor before you do start decorating the hallways, just in case there are any fire codes or reasons you could get in trouble for – nobody wants that!
Are you a gifted chef or at least wish you were one? Try whipping up a delicious Irish-inspired meal with your favorite traditional or non-traditional foods for you, your roommates, and all of your friends.
Going authentic? Try getting some corned beef from the local grocery store and cooking it up. Add some boiled cabbage to the mix and some simple potatoes and you’re totally set. Serve it up to all of your friends and see who will take the plunge and give it a try.
Want something you know everyone will like? Try adding some green food dye to some of your go-to snacks. Whether it’s mac-and-cheese, eggs, or pancakes, this is a super easy way to get into the spirit of the holiday without risking making something out of the ordinary that one of your friends (or you!) may end up hating.
CHECK YOUR STUDENT CENTER FOR ON-CAMPUS EVENTS
Many schools do tend to have holiday-themed events for students to attend on-campus, whether it’s a parade, a costume contest, a special meal and more. Try going to your student center to see if they have any events posted or are planning anything exciting for St. Patrick’s Day.
If they unfortunately don’t have anything planned just yet, you totally have the opportunity to help them get something going, too! This is a great way to do something unexpected and fun with your friends on-campus without having to bring drinking into the picture.