50 Things To Do With Your Friends That Don't Involve Alcohol

50 Things To Do With Your Friends That Don't Involve Alcohol

There are plenty of things to do that don't involve alcohol.
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Being a college student who hates to drink is difficult. Every time I get invited anywhere it almost ALWAYS involves drinking. If I don't want to go I'm such a "buzz kill" or I need to "live a little."

I'm sorry, but I don't see the fun in spending every weekend blacked out and and not being in control of my actions around hundreds of people I don't know or trust. Every so often sure it's fun to go out and just have a good time, but I absolutely do not want to spend every weekend destroying my liver. I just don't see the point, and if you want to spend your time that way then, by all means, go ahead.

But what bothers me, is that I'm shamed for not wanting to spend my time that way and if I don't go and hangout with people at parties then we just don't hangout at all. There's plenty of fun things to do that don't involve alcohol. Here is a list of 50 fun things to do with your friends that don't involve alcohol.

1. Go to a state or national park

2. Grill out and watch the game

3. Go to the beach

4. Have a movie night or go to the movies

5. Go ice skating

6. Have a game night

7. Go to the zoo

8. Run a 5K

9. Go to dinner

10. Play in a local sports tournament

11. Volunteer at an animal shelter

12. Go to a concert

13. Go to the fair or carnival

14. Have a picnic

15. Go get coffee

16. Go shopping

17. Go camping

18. Go stargazing

19. Watch the sunrise or sunset

20. Join an exercise group

21. Go to an Escape Room

22. Go to a museum

23. Go to an art festival

24. Go to an arcade

25. Play laser tage

26. Go kayaking

27. Play mini golf

28. Go on a road trip

29. At home spa night

30. Go get ice cream

31. Try your hand at some pinterest projects

32. Binge a new Netflix show

33. Make a podcast

34. Go on a bike ride

35. Have a baking night

36. Take an art class

37. Get your nails done

38. Make tie-dye shirts

39. Go swimming

40. Explore a nearby city you've never been to

41. Go through your closets and donate the clothes you don't want

42. Get some stress relief coloring books and go crazy

43. Go bowling

44. Go skiing or snowboarding

45. Go see a play

46. Go to an amusement park

47. Go to a food festival

48. Go get brunch

49. Go to a comedy club

50. Go to a sporting event

There are so many more things that aren't on this list. If you want to go out and drink that's okay, but please don't forget about your friends who don't like drinking. There's plenty of things you can do with them that don't involve alcohol and that will make them feel 1000 times more comfortable.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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How To Get Alllll Your 'Ish' Ready To Get Yourself Back To College, Physically And Mentally

Getting ready for back to school season is stressful, so here's a little assistance.

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Back to school is upon us! College students, you've likely spent all summer procrastinating, working, relaxing or some combination of the three. Getting back into gear for school is a little bit difficult after three months off. Not only do you basically have to move out of your house, but you have to go back to school shopping, wrap things up at home with your job and summer life, and on top of all of this, prepare yourself to go back to college! We could all use a little help in the planning department for back to school, so here are some ways you can make your life easier before heading back to college.

1. Get your schedule in order.

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Having a schedule in college is about more than just classes. Extracurricular activities are also a huge part of college life. Take a bit to evaluate how much time you are going to need for your classes. Reevaluate all those groups you joined freshman year that you've either spent hours working with when you didn't enjoy them that much or get the ListServ for when you don't even remember ever signing up. Quit them and unsubscribe! By understanding how much time you're going to need for classes, studying and work, you'll be better prepared to manage your time this fall when it comes to extracurriculars.

Note: This does NOT mean planning out your schedule hourly. If that works for you, great. If that stresses you out as much as it stresses me out, there are lots of other ways to estimate how much time you spend on different activities. Investing in a good planner and setting out all the dates in advance for appointments, school holidays, exams, etc. will be monumentally beneficial when evaluating your time.

Check out my favorite planner line here.

2. Buying school supplies. Yay!

Buying school supplies was always a wonderful and terrible experience for me as a child. I loved picking out fun folders, pens and fancy erasers in funny shapes, but I hated how we had to have certain types of pencils, paper, etc.

The good news is, in college, you can almost always pick out your own supplies! You're not going to need a whole backpack full like you did in middle school, and you can probably leave the funny erasers behind, but you do get to choose (for the most part) how you want to keep your materials in order. Check out how many classes you're taking and any syllabi that are posted for an idea of what items you will need. I typically keep notes on my computer, so just a folder or two and the same number of notebooks works for me. I do love my highlighters and sticky notes, though, so I always stock up on those!

Even if you're not sure what you need for classes, it's always good to pick up the basics before you move back to school. Everyone will be trying to go to the local Walmart in your college town to get the same stuff during syllabus week, so don't cause yourself unnecessary stress by not having a single pen to write with on the first day of class and having to run to the store frantically searching for the last pack of pens in the brand you like.

3. Get your jobs in order!

If you don't work, first of all, lucky duck, and secondly, disregard this point on the list. Make sure you turn in your two weeks at any summer job you may have or let your boss know about your change of schedule due to the start of the school year. If you work at school, find out what kind of jobs your campus offers if you're looking for a new job and send in your applications before you get to school. This will save you time when you're trying to get into the groove of the new semester. If you are returning to a campus job, send out the necessary emails to find out what the next steps are, if you have to reapply and when you can request your hours.

4. Take inventory of what you have—and what you need.

Getting to school without a toothbrush is not the best way to start off the new semester. Before you start officially packing, check around to see what you have left over from last school year that you can bring back with you and make a list of what you need to purchase. It will be the simplest things you forget, so I suggest using two methods to make sure you're completely prepared and you don't have to do a mad Walmart dash on move-in day. First, make a list of everything you need. Sit down in front of your laptop or a pad of paper and pen and go through your day. Think of every item you use during the day and write it down. Print it out if you're using a laptop, or copy if it's handwritten, two copies of your list. Then, use one list as a packing list, and the other as a store list after checking off all you already have.

Note: An extra or two can be helpful in a dire situation! If you're struggling with figuring out what to pack, check Pinterest for a college packing list and use that as your loose guide, adding and subtracting items as needed.

5. Get your money in order.

Paying for college is so ridiculous, as I'm sure everyone knows. It's easier to get your financial aid settled before you go back to school in order to avoid extra fees and extra stress. Plus, your parents are at home with you and able to help instead of being a phone call away when you're already at school. Not having to call your mom with 85 different questions about your family's tax history is going to go so much more smoothly than if you would have waited until you got to school to sort out the whole money mess.

Make sure you also have enough money to purchase your books because often you can only do so after going to class. It's only going to be difficult if you don't set aside the money during the summer and you wait until the day before your first exam to buy your textbook. Just set it away now so you know that you need to buy the books before you spend the money on something else!

6. Learn some stress coping mechanisms.

Inevitably, the school year is going to bring some sort of stress along with it. It's important not to let this stress overcome your life. Learning some mechanisms to cope with stress will help you to relax and realize that not everything is so serious. Putting some of these coping methods in place in your daily life will make you a happier, more relaxed person.

Here are a few strategies!

7. Setting goals

Going into a new school year is a great time to set your sights high. Make that grade! Audition for that play! Get involved with a student org! Writing down your goals before the school year even starts is a great way to lay out what you want to do while keeping perspective on where you are at the moment. Make different goals—monthly, semesterly and yearly. These small steps (monthly and semesterly goals) should be stepping stones for the biggest goals you might have. Knowing from day one what these goals are puts you on the right path to success!

Hopefully, these tips help you get on the right track to getting ready for college, both physically and mentally. Make sure you are fully prepared for going into the new semester. Don't stress too much, and get ready to have the best semester of your life!

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