13 Slightly-Blurry Moments Everyone Experiences At Their First College Party

13 Slightly-Blurry Moments Everyone Experiences At Their First College Party

Be careful, don't be dumb, and have a good time!
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Ah, the college party. It's an experience that many go through, but few talk about. These events are influential in many lives of young college students. It's an event where you can de-stress from the week or just have a good time with your friends. Since there are so many college students who read these article I figured it would be fun to take a ride down memory lane to when you went to your first college party!

1. When your friends text you to go out

You jump up in excitement and you feel like you're finally living the college experience.

2. When you're getting ready

Yeah... you're gonna try to go all out because if you're going to be drunk in public, you're gonna look good doing it!

3. When everyone wants to take a million pictures!

Do it for the likes. Everyone's gonna take a million pictures to show everyone how great college is! Prepare for your Snapchat feed to get filled with stories like "We're about to get LIIIIT". Here's a tip, don't be that person!

4. When you show up and see how many people are there

I don't know what's more shocking. The number of people that are able to fit inside a 750 sq ft apartment, or that Adam Sandler and Chris Farley represent 85% of how guys dress to go out.

5. When you're there for 10 minutes and your friend is already going nuts

For some people, it's because they were too sheltered growing up. For others, it's because they just don't care. But regardless, everyone has that friend. And if you're sitting here, reading an Odyssey article and nursing a hangover on a Tuesday afternoon, I have a revelation for you, you're that friend.

6. When you realize how hot it is

Yeah, remember when I mentioned the 750 sq ft apartment? This is the result. The whimsical, fun party environment is now mixed with a room full of sweaty teenagers! Have fun!

7. When the guys start acting creepy

There will always be that creepy group of guys at every party that is just being too creepy. Take a seat "bro", keep chugging your $6 vodka, and just leave the rest of us alone.

8. When your friends keep trying to pour drinks down your throat

Yeah... when you're in that environment, people change. Just know your limits, because that can lead to bigger problems. And you make think that taking down more drinks than usual makes you "totally hardcore", but when you're hugging the toilet at three in the morning, that all go out the window. So please, try to make smart choices.

9. When the cops show up

Unless you have 300 dollars to pay a drinking ticket at Illinois State, stop awkwardly flirting with the TA from your Criminal Justice class and pray you make it out alive. Cause if you don't, you'll either have to make that awkward phone call to your parents or start selling your plasma and pray they never find out.

10. When you can't find your friends

Not being able to find your friends at a party is like when you lost your mom at the grocery store when you were a kid. You're disoriented, probably not able to think straight, and you become very apprehensive about every stranger who makes eye contact with you.

11. When you're trying to get your friend home

Welcome to the greatest challenge of your young life. No matter what they say, no matter how many times they try to lie down in the grass, just get them home!

12. When you need to get them back inside before night ops

Unless you want to have a philosophical conversation with your local police department, you're gonna need to get them back inside before they have to check in.

13. When you wake up and realize you survived the night

You've done well young one, you've done well.

Now I'm not writing this article to glorify underage drinking and partying like it's 1989. I'm writing this because there are many students who do go out and party and much more that will. Take these funny GIFs as a lesson. Be careful, don't be dumb, and have a good time!

Cover Image Credit: @snippedbysteph

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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I'm A College Girl Who Doesn't Like To Party, Sue Me

Please don't make me go out, I'm a grandma.

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I'm a college girl attending a school known locally for its parties and I would rather stay home in my pajamas, watching Netflix.

When I announced to my aunt that I was committed to URI last summer, she laughed and said that when she was a college student in the late '90s and early '00s at Rhode Island College, it was dubbed as "You Are High." My older siblings talked of parties and how the institution was a spot for people who weren't even students. Some of my friends teased me that I was going to get intoxicated every night and they would get drunk texts at all hours. My parents warned me to be careful and to stay safe. Everyone noted that college was usually a time for young adults to let loose.

Not me.

I have an extremely small circle of friends and if you're not in it, I am utterly uncomfortable engaging in conversation with you. Don't get me wrong, if you talk to me first and you seem like a cool person, I will be fine but I cannot make the first move almost ever. I would be following my group around the whole party which would not only annoy them but most likely result in me standing by myself in a corner for the entirety of the night because I lost them. I don't particularly like to drink or smoke. I'm kind of a lightweight and being high just results in my already bad anxiety shooting through the roof. I like to be sober and completely aware of everything going on around me. Sure there are some who don't participate in either activity but you're seen as a buzzkill for the rest as if your sobriety is ruining their fun.

I am self-conscious about my body. I do not like to wear tight-fitting or short clothes because I will continuously beat myself up for not wearing another outfit or not looking like some Instagram model. I would much prefer my glasses on with a baggy sweater and sweatpants. Unnecessary loud noises irritate me as I easily get migraines from them which can take some time to go away. I get nervous that I will do something embarrassing and be laughed at. I worry something unfortunate will happen.

I like to stay in with my parents and my dog. I like to go to restaurants, museums, amusement parks, and much more with people I am comfortable with. I can sit back with a bowl of popcorn, pop in a movie, and be set for the night. Just not partying. My definition of a good time is different from most college students and that's OK. I may be in college, but I am mentally a grandmother.

If you like to go out and party, I am not judging you. That's your element, go out and own it. But it's not mine.

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