Alternatives to Partying in College

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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!

My Favorite Ways to Fall into Fall!

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It seems like just yesterday we were relaxing poolside soaking up the summer sun and now the cooler weather is on it’s way. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to put your social life on hold and lock yourself in your dorm. There are a ton of fun things to do to celebrate fall. Because let’s be honest…it is the best season by far! Today, I’m sharing my favorite things to do on and around campus during fall.

GO APPLE PICKING

I had never been apple picking before I came to college and now we go every year! It’s the thing to do with your friends during this season. Even if you don’t have a car, there are tons of clubs on campus that make trips to the orchard throughout the fall, so you can easily hitch a ride with them. It so much fun to just go out and wander through all the apple trees and try to find the best apples. And because you are buying them straight from the source, they tend to be cheaper too!

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CARVING PUMPKINS

It’s seems to be impossible to not carve a pumpkin during the fall. The best part is you can pick up a pumpkin just about anywhere, so they should have them at an on campus grocery store. And with Pinterest there are literally so many different ways to decorate and carve them. The options are endless! Plus you can then bake the seeds if you have access to an oven, which is my favorite part.

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COFFEE DATES

Pretty much every college girl I know loves a pumpkin spice latte during fall, so what’s better than grabbing your best friends and stopping at the local coffee shop in between classes? It’s a great way to take a little time out from the craziness of classes and just relax and unwind. Sometimes all you need is your girlfriends and a pumpkin spice latte to get your mind off things.

Happy October!