I Am A College Student And I Don't Drink

I Am A College Student And I Don't Drink

This is not a bash on those who choose to drink, I am just entitled to my own opinion.

I am a junior in college, and I don't party.

I am that 'odd' individual that would rather stay in watching movies than go out on the weekends getting plastered and not remember the night. I would rather do homework and catch up on writing and set up volunteering events for my organizations than taking shots or shotgunning beers with the boys.

This is not saying I don't go out. I love to also be social and meet new people and catch up with my friends; I just prefer to do it sober rather than under the influence. This is not a bash on those of you who choose to drink or go out; I'm just sharing my side.

Those of us who stay in rather than go out are often looked down upon, even though we are the ones doing legal activities.

We are often seen as lame, or boring, or fun suckers. News flash: Alcohol addiction starts at a young age. Those four or five beers to create a buzz soon turn into six, seven, or eight plus some shots and more. As you get older, if you continue to drink the same amount, your tolerance grows and grows. Before you know it, you're an addict.

You can't go a day without a glass of wine or a beer after work. When you officially crave that taste for alcohol or that feeling of being drunk or buzzed or high, you're addicted. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students between the ages of 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries. About 696,000 students between the ages of 18-24 are assaulted by another student who is under the influence of alcohol per year. And, each year, about 97,000 students between the ages of 18-24 report experiencing sexual-assault or rape due to alcohol.

According to the same National Institute, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

When people ask me why I don't drink, I'm completely honest with them. I share how my uncle under the age of 60 passed away this year from alcoholism. I share how addictive personalities are such a thing. I share how I have seen individuals have seizures, blackout, perform assault, all under the influence of alcohol. I share how I have friends who have had to go to the hospital after a night out because they acquired alcohol poisoning and have had their stomachs pumped.

I am not against drinking, nor am I against having fun. There are so many ways to have fun sober or how to drink in moderation to not damage your body as much as a typical binge drinking night.

Personally, I would rather stay in and do homework, or watch movies, or play video games, than drink and wake up the next morning with a hangover.

Here's to those who don't drink; whether you have personal reasons or just don't find drinking satisfying. I understand you. You are not lame, you are not a fun-sucker, you are human and are entitled to have your own opinions just like anybody else.

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Almost 100 Percent Of What Servers Say Earning Your 20 Percent Tip Is BS

Here it is.... the truth.

So, if you don’t know, I am a waitress.

I deal with, so many different types of people and I have learned how to handle each kind of person.

I have had so many people that make my day a little brighter and then there are always those people that can easily bring me down.

No matter what, I always keep a smile on my face and give the customers the best service possible.

But I am ready to unleash all the thoughts I have built up for some of these customers.

So here it is, what servers want to actually say to you.

When I first walk up to the table and introduce myself:

What I say: Hello! My name is Maddie I am going to be taking care of you, can I start you off with anything else to drink other than water? Any appetizers?

What I want to say: Hi my dudes, let’s get this over with, c’mon what do you want to drink. Get a bottle of wine or something expensive.

When a customer asks me what exactly is on tap, or want to know every single kind of wine we have and what they all taste like:

What I say: *grabs drink list OFF THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THEM* here you are, I have a hard time remembering some of the drafts because we have newly featured ones all the time. Also, I can get you a wine recommendation if you would like.

What I want to say: Uh hello, the list is right in FREAKING FRONT OF YOU!!!!!!! Look at the list, and then ask me questions! K BYE.

When I come back with drinks and they ask me if I am going to bring out rolls:

What I say: Yeah, I can bring out some rolls! Would you like any appetizers or anything? Were we ready to order dinner?

What I want to say: *laughing* uhhhh you have been sitting here for a good three minutes please wait until I set your vodka soda down before asking about some crusty bread Tina. Thanks bye.

When a customer asks me what sides we have:

What I say: All of our sides are at the bottom of the menu, and we have mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, fries, mac and cheese, onion rings, etc.


When I bring out the rare steak the customer ordered and they complain:

What I say: I can take it back to the kitchen and we will get it fixed right away!

What I want to say: ARE YOU JOKING. If you didn’t want it mooing and running around your plate then you shouldn’t have ordered it rare!!!!!!! CMON!!!

When I bring out the bills and a customer jokes around and says "I thought you were paying!?":

What I say: *laughs and walks away*

What I want to say: HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT. ME? PAY? After making $3 an hour plus your sh*tty tip. Yeah right.

When a customer asks me if the tip is included:

What I say: No, it is not, you have to include that when you sign the slip! Thank you!

What I want to say: ……..are.you.joking? *starts screaming*

When I go the table for the last time and say goodbye:

What I say: Thank you so much for coming in, have a great night! Come see us again!

What I want to say: Alright get to moving, I want to go home. I hope you tipped me good, seeeeee yaaaa. Peace out my dudes.

So there it all is. I laid it all out there.

Those are just a few things that I want to say to servers but instead I keep a smile on my face and stay kind and nice. It takes A LOT of work to maintain a nice personality and put up with the handful of people that come through the restaurant I work at.

So there you all go, how I truly feel and what I want to say to you.

P.S. - I am really sorry if I have ever served you before. Lol. Don't take it personally. :)

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If You Want The Most Relaxing Weekend Getaway From NYC, Go To Tulum, Mexico

Escape the freezing temperatures and head to the sunny beaches.

With below freezing temperatures upon us in NYC, the white sand beaches and warm temperatures of Tulum, Mexico sound ever appealing. Tulum is located just a short two-hour drive south of the busy city of Cancun, Mexico. The numerous daily direct flights out of NYC make this trip truly seamless.

This small rustic town and laid-back vibe is the ultimate weekend getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle you’re surrounded by in New York City. Get out of the tundra and head over to your beach life get away. Grab some friends and your bathing suits and head over to Tulum for the most relaxing weekend of your life.

Tulum is special because you can interact with all the locals and experience their easy-going way of life. You truly get to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and you get a sense of their spirituality.

This small, rustic town promotes a healthy, positive lifestyle in the sense that everything is fresh and requires physical activity.

The narrow streets, lacking room for cars, push the tourists to live like the locals and either ride bikes or walk everywhere. You have the opportunity to take long walks on the white sand beaches and stop at one of the many beachfront hotels for a quick lunch.

Most boutique hotels you stumble into offer moonlight yoga on the beach with the ability to channel all of your energy into the sound of the relaxing waves. Be sure to take advantage of the beachside massages offered by the hotels. After spending an entire day laying out its time to head over to a trendy dinner where the chefs are sure to take advantage of the local, fresh ingredients.

Must-see hotels:

  1. BeTulum
  2. Nomad
  3. Sanara
  4. Casa Malca

Must-see restaurants:

  1. Hartwood
  2. Raw Love
  3. The Real Coconut @Sanara hotel
  4. Posada Margarita

Must-see bars:

  1. Gitano
  2. Casa Jaguar
  3. Taqueria La Eufemia
  4. La Zebra

Safe travels!

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