51 Things You Can Do Other Than Drinking

51 Things You Can Do Other Than Drinking

Bring out the sparkling cider!

Drinking is fun. Dancing with a cup in your hand and few inhibitions is also fun. Dancing to songs about drinking while drinking is even more fun. In college, I have learned many things, some academic and some social. One thing that I have learned is that as much as alcohol can make ordinary situations seem extraordinary, it can also make so many situations less purposeful.

Although when people are drinking they are very social, alcohol reduces our ability to be social without its help. If you go to a party and their keg is tapped, you leave. If you can’t run to the liquor store to buy Burnett’s to pregame with, you fail to see the point in going out at all. Without alcohol, so many college students struggle to make connections, and with alcohol so few connections are meaningful.

I get it, few people want to go to a party in a grimy basement while wearing layered garbage bags while sober. Even fewer people want to be plopped in this unpleasant situation if all of their friends are wasted. When I look back at my college career thus far there are situations involving drinking that stick out in my mind as memorable experiences (again, I would like to acknowledge that drinking is fun). However, there are even more experiences that I have had without the presence of alcohol that are much more memorable and have been much more rewarding.

Such a big part of being a college student is growing—intellectually and socially. Although going out and drinking all of the time can teach you a few things about yourself (mixing cheap sangria with vodka and cinnamon is not a good idea,) it is hard to mentally flourish while under this damaging influence. There is nothing wrong with going to a party, having a few drinks and letting loose on the dance floor—but change it up from time to time! No one likes complete predictability. Here are some rad suggestions of fun things that you can do without alcohol:

1. Go on a day/night trip: Put some gas in your tank and drive somewhere. (Please make sure to actually put gas in your tank as this is a key step that I often forget.) Go to New Hope, NYC, Philly, the beach, a farmer’s market, or Lancaster County. If you need any coupons for horse and buggy rides while in Lancaster, hit me up.

2. Weird N.J.: Check out WeirdNJ.com and try to find some of the places on the site.

3. Go for a hike: there are a ton of great park systems in the area with beautiful places to hike. There is nothing more peaceful than being surrounded by the sounds and sights of nature.

4. Go geocaching: It's sorta like hiking, but even better! Geocaching is known as “the world’s largest treasure hunt.” Check out GeoCaching.com, enter your location, and find treasures hidden near you! Now you can hike and get some swag while you’re at it.

5. Go star-gazing: drive around until you find an empty field, lay down a blanket, and look up. It’s simple and entertaining.

6. Conduct a social experiment: Go to a place with a lot of people (Shoprite for example) and do something weird and borderline socially-unacceptable to see how people react. At first it may take some guts but you’ll get a crazy adrenaline rush.

7. Dance: Dancing doesn’t always have to involve Lil Jon bumping as a strange boy breathes down your neck. Any floor can be a dance floor!

Due to the fact that the list of things you can do without drinking goes on and on, this list will go on and on (with less explanation because I don’t want to get early-onset carpal tunnel.) Prepare yourself.

8. Have a tea party.

9. Go to a concert.

10. Play “Heads Up.”

11. Go camping.

12. Read a book.

13. Learn something new.

14. Play a sport.

15. Play a video game.

16. Make a playlist on Spotify.

16. Get a haircut.

17. Pee outside.

18. Play ping pong.

19. Hitchhike.

20. Netflix and chill.

21. Netflix and relax (please note the difference).

22. Go to a comedy show.

23. Go to the beach.

24. Go to the mall.

25. Get a ton of free samples at the mall.

26. Go to the moon (no idea is a bad idea).

27. Make smoothies.

28. Go to an amusement park.

29. Go rollerblading.

30. Learn how to rap “Look at Me Now.”

31. Create a music video to “Look at Me Now.”

32. Become an internet sensation because of your great music video to “Look at Me Now.”

33. Listen to recorder renditions of your favorite songs (example provided).

34. Have a marshmallow gun fight.

35. Have a nerf gun fight.

36. Have a light saber fight.

37. Go fishing.

38. Paint your nails.

39. Paint your friends’ nails.

40. Stick a safety pin through the top layer of your skin.

41. Get a piercing (or two).

42. Get a tattoo (or two).

43. Eat Oreos and milk.

44. Write poetry.

45. Paint.

46. Play the game where you take a knife and stab the table between your fingers really quickly.

47. ZAP! Someone. (For reference).

48. Go to/create a bonfire.

49. Call a radio station to request a song or just to chat.

50. Ride a tandem bicycle.

51. Be a vigilante.

If you haven't caught on already, there are a ton of things that you can do that are fun and above the influence. So go to that crazy party of Friday night. But on Saturday, see how many things you can check off this list!

A special thanks to the gnarly people that contributed to the making of this list.

Cover Image Credit: Glass Duffle

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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