Until a couple of years ago, I lived almost my entire life in Oxford. I would be regarded as a "townie", because I was someone who wasn't a college student living in Oxford, and I was just there for the town.
Now, I'm not a drinker, and I haven't ever really been a drinker. But me, and the town, knows when Green Beer Day is coming. The streets are flooded with ripples of green everywhere you look.
Drinking starts early in the morning and doesn't stop until the following night. I used to work in Oxford for several years, and my worst experience of Green Beer Day had to be when I worked at Rapid Fired Pizza.
Keep in mind — I am now an of-age college student who could legally drink if I wanted to, but choose not to.
Businesses are usually packed when the students are in town, but this day was intense.
Drunk. College. Students. EVERYWHERE.
After working around it for so many years, you think I would have adapted to it, but to this day it's why I avoid Oxford. College students have got to be one of the most obnoxious, inconsiderate drunks I have ever met. Here I am, trying to make pizzas and earn a living, and college students are swamping the restaurant, plastered.
I distinctly remember a girl banging on the door while I was in the bathroom, asking me if I could open the door so she could urinate in the sink — I mean what?
I also have a memory of a college student being passed out in his front lawn, shirtless, when I was riding the bus to school when I was in my early teenage years.
So my question is — what's the point?
What's the point of making a fool of yourself? What's the point of getting so drunk you don't remember the night? What's the point of literally killing your body?
I wouldn't know personally, but is the payoff that great?
Children live in Oxford. Older residents living in Oxford. And Green Beer Day has the potential to be dangerous. Especially if a college student was to get behind the wheel while drunk. That could be catastrophic.
I totally understand having a couple of drinks and having a good time, but I think I speak for everyone (although I am not an Oxford resident anymore, my family still is) when I say that college students need to remember their surroundings this GBD.