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To My Beloved Backcountry, Now We're Gone For Summer

The separation anxiety is so real.


My Dearest Backcountry,

Ever since school let out and summer began, your hallowed halls have been emptied in preference for another Thursday night gathering spot. But I have not forgotten you.

I miss your extremely obnoxious long line that we would patiently wait in so that we may enter. I miss all of the booing when some sleaze tries to jump the line, only for them to be escorted to the back of the line by security to the satisfaction of the other eager club-goers. I remember the eagerness we get when we reach the front of the line to present our last $3 in our bank accounts for a stamp of entry in return. All for you, my love.

I can still taste your $6 watered down vodka cranberries as I plow through the crowded space in order to find my friends twerking on the dance floor. The spilled beer and debris from wedges, Sperrys, and sandals make for a sticky glaze on the floor but we don't mind. We're just happily drinking and (attempting) to dance.

I've never known more of a struggle than to leave you for the summer. I miss fighting for the attention of a bartender, the boujee feel of the pool tables in the back and especially the hype when "Mr. Brightside" blares from the DJ stand. I have not yet forgotten that darn bull in the corner, ready to put up another more-than-slightly-intoxicated rider and the cheers as another person falls off and onto the ballooned cushioning.

But perhaps, the thing that I miss the most is being able to go out and have fun with my friends on a Thursday. While we still go out on Thursdays during the summer, it's not the same. Backcountry brought everyone (over the legal age of drinking, that is) together. During the summer, friends are all over the place and not necessarily in Harrisonburg. Being at Backcountry means that we're all together again and that's what I miss the most; my friends.

I miss talking in group chats with everyone about who's going and at what time. I miss the camaraderie we all feel when we all drag ourselves to class the next morning, cursing ourselves for going too hard. Surprisingly, I miss figuring out how to get home and playing find your Uber at the end of the night.

My dearest Backcountry, I look forward to the day we all come crawling back to JMU and the first Thursday rolls around and we're back in your line, ready for another year of tall boys, crowds of sweaty college kids trying to navigate the bar, dance floor, and pool tables. I can't wait to try to scrub your stamp off the next day to hide the real reason why I'm exhausted from my professors. Until that day comes, I will reminisce what I can remember from those Thursday nights.

All my love.

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27 ACTUALLY Unique College Party Themes

Here are some unique party ideas, so you don't have to throw another Toga party.

College is full of sweaty house parties that can be made bearable by one thing and one thing only - a theme. Getting to dress up in a fun costume for a themed party can make almost any person tolerate being shoulder to shoulder with some drunk guy from your psychology lecture. But, themes can grow tiring when you've gone to about a million Hawaiian and toga parties. There are other themes out there! Here are a few suggestions to make your theme party stand out.

1. Aliens and Astronauts

Your party will be out of this world..get it?

2. Ornithology Bros and Lawn Flamingos Darty

What's better than a darty? A darty where everyone is dressed as lawn flamingos. You don't even have to go all out with this one. Enough people on a lawn with a hot pink shirt on will get the point across.

3. Seven Deadly Sins

For this party, each different room of the house is decorated in the theme of each of the seven deadly sins (therefore, you'll need seven rooms). If seven rooms aren't available just have everyone dress as their favorite sin.

4. John Hughes

Whether it's a member of The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller himself, a party of all John Hughes movie characters would be totally rad.

5. Boston Tea Party

Get decked out in your colonial best to celebrate the OG American party. And, if you can't find a white button-up or tall socks to tuck your pants into, try dressing as the actual tea.

6. Sexy Historical / Political Figures

Have you ever really wanted to be a dead president, but at the same time give off a little sex appeal? Then this is the party for you!

7. Athletes and Mathletes

Wear your favorite jersey or put on a pair of fake glasses and get ready to party.

8. Slumber Party

In case you needed an excuse to wear your pajamas out.

9. Where's Waldo

Have you ever wanted to be in a life-size Where's Waldo puzzle?

10. Guy Fieri

It's like a normal party, but everyone is just dressed as Guy Fieri.

11. Cowboys and Cacti

Even if you don't live in the Wild West you can still dress like it.

12. Bad and Boujee

Break out your fur coats, brand names and stacks of cash to get ready to make it rain

13. Scientist Chicks and Pickle Rick's

If you've never seen Rick and Morty, you might not get this one. But, you can modify this to be all science related.

14. Decades

You can either pick one decade to rock looks as or have everyone dress up as a different decade.

15. Holidays

Why wait until you're favorite holiday to dress up? Have everyone dress as their favorite holiday.

16. Meme

When you can't think of a good enough theme, so you have everyone dress as their favorite meme.

17. You Are What You Eat

Fulfill this classic saying and dress as your favorite food. Warning, this party will make you hungry.

18. You Are What You Drink

Same concept as above but with drinks.

19. You Are What You Netflix

Again, same as above but with your favorite binge-show character.

20. Vampires and Umpires

One of the more specific and unorthodox options on this list, but honestly why not at this point?

21. Drop it Like F. Scott

Put on a nice tie or a flapper skirt and live lavish for the night like Gatsby did.

22. Dynamic Duos

Grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or even a stranger for all I care.

23. ABH: Anything But Human

Whether is an animal or an object, make sure to dress up as anything but a human.

24. Get Nauti

This is the kind of nauti your parents would approve of. Dress in an outfit fit for the sea and party like you're on a yacht.

25. Life Alert

Everyone dresses like they own an AARP card.

26. Gym Teachers and Mythical Creatures

Again, this one just rhymed, but - hey - it's fun

27. Pitbull and Pitbulls

Either dress as the rapper Pitbull or the dog breed pit bull.

And that's all, folks! I hope this list gives you some party inspiration!

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8 Things To Do With Your Girl Friends When You DON'T Want To Drink On A Friday Night

Friday nights don't have to be all about drinking or just staying in your room.


While college may seem like the wildest time of everyone's life, not everyone drinks and not everyone wants to go out every weekend. With this in mind, there are so many other things to do with friends, even by yourself, that doesn't involve you sitting in your room at night.

1. Have a sleepover

Text your best friends, get plenty of snacks, and don't forget your robe or fuzzy socks! Order pizza and binge-watch your favorite TV show. Who doesn't love a good girl's night in?

2. Go to the movies

TBH, I'm the one percent of the population who still hasn't seen Endgame.

3. Go bowling/ice skating/escape room/something kinda active

With a group of friends, it can be a pretty cheap and fun Friday night.

4. Board game night

Board game marathons are the best. I'm pretty sure my friends only have Cards Against Humanity, but board games are definitely worth the investment.

5. Try that one place you've always wanted to go!

I cannot tell you the number of times I've said 'I want to go there' and still haven't been to said place. When you don't want to go out on a Friday night, hit up that one spot you've been DYING to go.

6. Have a dessert party with friends

Have your friends bring a dessert, or go out to a restaurant and split them! It's a great way to chat, catch up, and enjoy some sugar!

7. Make a fort

I haven't made a fort as a kid, but you can bet I'm gonna drag my roommates out of their rooms and do this next time I'm bored.

8. Cook or bake something new

Try out that new recipe (or a few) that you've just pinned on Pinterest.

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