Alternatives to Partying in College



Meeting people and making friends can seem intimidating, especially when you’re not into the campus parties. If you don’t like the ‘scene,’ the weekends can feel lonely with few things to do besides sitting around bingeing on the same show on Netflix you’ve watched eighty-seven times. But just because you’re not a big partier doesn’t mean you’re doomed to boring weekends trapped in your dorm room! In fact, there are tons of alternatives to partying in college. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Speak Your Truth and Make New Friends

There is this expectation that all college students are supposed to want this kind of life where you’re out till four in the morning doing potentially dangerous and/or illegal activities. It’s okay not to want this. Whether you’re just not that type of person or you have deeper concerns and needs, it’s best to be honest with others so you’re not put into a position where it’s awkward or gets you in trouble.

The straight-up method is best. I don’t really like frat parties sounds way better than making tentative plans and then bailing on a friend. If you get asked why you don’t like parties, just be honest about where your boundaries are. A person who’s a good friend will understand and may even be willing to make alternative plans with you.


Participate in Campus-Sponsored Activities

What’s awesome about living on-campus is that there are always a ton of events and activities happening on weekends! And the best part of it is — most of it is free and done by midnight! You’ll even meet like-minded people with the same priorities, which can be super helpful for the future.

If your campus is lacking, talk to Student Life about a weekend series of events. Offer to host a few or throw out some suggestions. This may include an outdoor movie, tickets to see home basketball games, or trivia nights in the cafeteria.


Plan a Classier Affair

Who doesn’t love a good party (without all the extras)? If you want to have your own type of party that’s more your own pace, try going with the classy type where everyone dresses up and eats something delicious. You can host one in your dorm or you can take it out to a nice restaurant to celebrate surviving midterms.

You can even make it fun with mocktails to dress up your dinner. There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest to go with your theme. Or, if you’re out to eat, stick to water so you can spend your money on the best meal possible.


Go Outside Campus

If money is tight, you can also explore outside of campus with a friend or two without breaking your tight budget. Hit up a new, late-night movie at the theater, spend the weekend camping, or enjoy a concert. No pressure at any of these activities to party all night!

If you love dancing and aren’t afraid of spending time on the dancefloor, don’t be afraid to visit an 18+ club or bar. Order a soft drink and be confident in your choice. Don’t let anyone question you for it, either. If you’re confident, it’s unlikely anyone will pressure you to do something you don’t want to do — and if they do, they won’t be having your kind of fun, anyway. And remember: not doing the ‘norm’ should be not mean you avoid doing what you love with the people you care for!

A Freshman’s Guide to Their First Party


First college party

University of Alabama frat party, UCLA night out in Berkley, Penn State party — or like me — your very first time at the famous Toads in New Haven Connecticut… every college student has something to do on a Thursday through Saturday night. Keep reading for some helpful tips from my first night out that every freshman should definitely listen to.

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1. Clothing:

  • Wear clothes you will be comfy in. My mistake was wearing shoes that were not so comfy! You will be dancing and moving around for hours. Do not wear nice shirts because people will be pushing you throughout the entire night and you don’t want to get it ruined! Also, if you are going to a smaller venue, be careful because it can get very hot in there so it’s smart to have a hair tie on you at all times.

2. Handbag:

  • If you’re like me and don’t want to carry your phone around or stuff your lip gloss in your pocket, I definitely recommend bringing a small bag. I would recommend a cross-body or a small wristlet. I would not bring a big tote bag or a nice Michael Kors handbag to wherever you end up going. If you lose it or something gets spilled on you, you will not be a happy girl leaving the night. Plus, you’re already in tight quarters — don’t be the person taking up extra space on the dancefloor with a big bulky tote bag!

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3. Go with people you know, leave with people you know:

  • No matter how you get there — Ubering, shuttling, taking public transit — I have learned it’s always smart to go and leave with the same people you know. Big city or small town…no matter what, it can be dangerous to leave by yourself. Always have at least one friend with you. Many campuses also offer free door to door shuttles or other safe transportation options at night, which is much safer than walking alone in the nighttime or finding your way to the subway.

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4. …And if you have to break Rule #3, at least be smart about it:

  • If you choose to leave with other people — whether they are an acquaintance from around campus or someone you hit it off with that night — ALWAYS tell your friends where you’re going and who you are going with. Although it might seem awkward, an extra safe measure would be to ask to see their student ID card just to confirm!

5. Bring cash… but not too much:

  • You don’t want to be that girl who brings $80 a night out with her and spends it all. If that happens, you will be broke by the end of your first semester. You should have limits on how much money you are bringing with you that night. It is too dangerous to bring so much cash, so know how much you’re bringing before you go out to hold yourself accountable.

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6. DON’T give out your number like it is a glass of milk:

  • Be careful who you give your number to. Parties are a great way to meet people (platonically and romantically!), especially in your freshman year. But that doesn’t mean you have to go handing out your number to just anyone and everyone. If someone is giving off bad vibes, don’t feel bad saying no. Another trick is to ask for people to give you their number instead, so the ball is in your court.

7. Enjoy yourself:

  • Be social, make friends, have a good time and enjoy every minute! Stay off your phone and try to have a fabulous time with your new friends you’re making this fall.

10 Alternatives to Halloween Candy


Trick or ….? If you’re gearing up for a Halloween party or even passing out goodies to kids in costumes, it’s great to remember that not everyone is into candy. With food allergies and diets in mind, candy won’t please everyone you are hosting. Instead of filling up their bags with sugar and chocolates, check out these inexpensive alternatives to Halloween candy even college kids will dig!


1.   Healthy Snacks

Popcorn, granola bars, clementines in the shape of pumpkins — if food is the way you are going, you don’t have to rely on those messy, unhealthy snacks in a wrapper!

2.   Stickers and Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are a great little gift for college students who love to be nostalgic for their younger years. Alternatively, stickers are an excellent idea for decorating laptops, backpacks, or even just to wear during a party. Pick out spooky ghosts, ghouls, or DIY your own custom washable tattoos.

3.   Glow Sticks

Having a midnight bash to celebrate? Outfit everyone’s goodie bag with enough glowing accessories to be seen. Try funky glasses, rainbow-colored necklaces, or even crowns.

4.   Spooky Costume Jewelry

As a kid, you probably leapt for joy (or spooks) over spider rings or necklaces in the shape of snakes. Now your guests can rock costumes with throwback Halloween accessories perfect for the occasion.

5.   DIY Masks and Capes

Why do all the work when you can have your trick-or-treaters walk away with their own, custom masks or capes! Set up a station with blank masks or material for capes, markers, feathers, glitter, and fabric paint. They’ll love getting creative and walking away with a free costume!

6.   Slime and Play-Doh

Miniature tubes of play-doh are a perfect take-away. Grab some in the holiday colors of orange, black, or even red. Add in some tiny cookie cutters in the shapes of ghosts or skeleton heads.

7.   Stick-On Mustaches

Mustaches are totally in with university students. Having a mustache mystery party complete with a make your own stick-on-mustache table is a fabulous way of getting everyone in on the theme. Buy a pack of cheap costume mustaches and set out some scissors, combs, and wax. You’d be amazed at how you can style yours!

8.   Party Poppers

Having a big party or bash? Celebrating the bewitching hour with a bang? Add in a party popper full of Halloween confetti.

9.   Black Makeup

Girl’s Nights for Halloween should be all about the gothic makeup. Black eyeshadow, black lipstick, black nail polish, and more! You’ll feel like a bad girl with the look to match.

10.  Mini-Pumpkins

Tiny pumpkins are a great decor item for a college student’s dorm. Whether you buy them off the farm or the plastic variety, they are great to hand out without weighing down treat bags.