How To Survive Frat Parties 101

How To Survive Frat Parties 101

What is more fun than jamming out to top hit songs with your friends?
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Most people in college worship the work hard, play hard lifestyle. Throughout my life, I always followed the work hard aspect of this phrase. However, I did not really incorporate the play hard aspect. In high school, I never partied because I never found the need to. I mainly spent my free time hanging out with friends, exploring various parts of Arizona, or watching Netflix.

I was never really into the partying culture until I came into college. When I attended my first frat party, during the first week of college, I did not know what to expect. I was overwhelmed and excited at the same time. Since then, I have learned so much about how to survive frat parties.

One of the most important tips to keep in mind is to always attend with a group of people you trust. Try to attend with more than two people. This means that you will always have a buddy or someone to walk you back to your dorm. It is also super fun to get all dressed up with your friends and help each other with makeup for a night out. Besides, what is more fun than jamming out to the top hit songs with your friends?

It is also essential that you prepare ahead of time.

Try to make connections with people in frats so you know which frats are hosting parties. This will help limit the amount of time you spend walking down frat row searching for a party in the middle of the night. If your squad decides to go frat-hopping, you should definitely let everyone know when or where you are going. In addition, you should also try to ask your friends at other parties to determine if it is worth leaving a party for another one. Often times, it may be hard to re-enter a party.

In addition, make sure you dress appropriately. If the weather is cold outside, make sure you wear enough but not too much that you sweat at the party. You should also keep in mind the theme of the parties if there is one. It is not imperative that the theme should be strictly followed but is a good idea to keep it in mind when picking out an outfit.

Furthermore, you should eat a solid meal and drink water beforehand.

Partying burns more calories than you think.

It is a surprisingly good workout.

At the frat party, it is totally acceptable to step out outside to catch a breath or take a break from dancing. I do it all the time. Sometimes, the parties get to crowded which can make the entire experience unpleasant. Stepping outside to catch a breath of fresh air or taking time to yourself is valuable.

Most importantly, you do not have to drink to have fun at frat parties. Sometimes, I am the only person sober in my group of friends and that is totally okay. I believe that I can have just as much fun sober. I have never had an experience where people encourage or pressure you into drinking. Do not drink unless you want to.

I hope you have as much fun at frat parties as I do! And special shout out to my frat party squad! I do not know what I would do without you guys!

Cover Image Credit: Trinity Kubassek

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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