The ABCs Of Surviving FROG Week At JMU

The JMU FROG Week Survival Kit, From A To Z

Everything you need to survive the last week of freedom before classes!


The end of August typically means that classes are about to start back up for a brand-spankin' new school year. But for JMU students, it has a slightly more significant meaning: FROG. WEEK. For people new to this, it's the final week before classes when the Dukes crawl back into Harrisonburg to spend all day at the pools and all night at your frat of choice. It's truly a beautiful thing to look out at a sea of inebriated college kids scream-singing "Mr. Brightside."

As we move into this sacred week, I've taken the liberty to create an A-Z survival kit for all you kiddos as you put on your bikinis and slap on sunscreen to hit the pools. Take notes and have fun!

A is for Advil

Make sure you have a stock of Advil ready to go. You'll be rising and grinding every morning and you're gonna need something to ease last night's hangover!

B is for Booze

Duh. That's an obvious one.

C is for chasers

Also another obvious one. Unless you're savage and you don't need a chaser. I recommend lemonade or Dr. Pepper but it really depends on your poison of choice.

D is for Drug Detection

In the craziness of FROG Week, it's important to remember that there are still sleaze bags that will try to drug your drink. Think your drink was roofied? Amazon sells Date Rape Drug Detection Tests for $12.49. It's better to be safe than sorry, Dukes!

E is for Exit

Ya know... for when the cops show up and the party gets busted? Yeah, make sure you have an exit plan and all your exit buddies.

F is for Friends!

Madelene Whitfield

FROG Week is nothing without friends! Get your squad together, crack open some cold ones and enjoy your last week of freedom!

G is for GrubHub

For all your Drunchie/Munchie needs, GrubHub is your go-to food delivery site that will cure any hangover.

H is for Hype

Gotta get hyped for FROG Week! That's the only emotion there is for this week.

I is for Ices

Take a knee and chug an ice for FROG Week! It's time to stockpile on Smirnoff Ices and ice everyone in sight.

J is for Jungle Juice

If you're planning on drinking the juice, go back up and re-read the letter D.

K is for Kissing

There'll be a lot of random make-outs so just be prepared for that!

L is for latex

I don't think I need to explain this one... use protection and stay safe.

M is for music

Only the more fire songs for FROG Week! Blast that music loud!

N is for nap time

You will have to recharge between the pool and the frat so make sure you make time for a nap! You'll feel a lot better if you do!

O is for outfits

Pick out your cutest outfits to go to the trashiest frat!

P is for phone

Yo Dukes! Before you hit the pools, make sure you have your phone on you! Gotta make sure you can call a sober ride and document all your drunk shananagins.

Q is for Quality and Quantity

This one is up for interpretation.

R is for the Retreat

Where everyone will be hanging out during the day, no doubt.

S is for shotgunning

A timeless way to chug a beer. If you don't know how you should probably learn ASAP!

1. Make a hole towards the bottom of the beer (you can use a key, a knife, your teeth, anything sharp)

2. Pop open the top of the can

3. Tilt and chug from the hole

And that's how you shotgun! Go Dukes!

T is for Tallboys

What you will probably be drinking at some point during the week.

U is for Uber

If you haven't already, download the Uber app. Trust. Me. I guarantee that you will use it at least once this week.

V is for Vape

Dude, we get it. You vape.

W is for water

Make sure that you stay hydrated with WATER this week! It's super important so you don't pass out or get sick! #HydrateOrDiedrate

X is for who are we kidding, nothing starts with X

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Still have fun and stay safe!

Y is for YOLO

Madelene Whitfield

This motto stands true for FROG Week. You really only live once so go cray!

Z is for Z-Pack

For a swift recovery, before classes begin, stock up on Z-packs because believe me, you'll probably need it after all the madness of FROG Week.

(Sing in the tune of the Alphabet Song) Now we know our ABC's, time for the Dukes to get rowdy!

Popular Right Now

18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

Vince Lombardi: A Football Life - The Ice Bowl

Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

Related Content

Facebook Comments