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9 Things To Know Before Going To A High School Party In College

It won't be what you expect.


I recently found myself on Tinder swiping on guys for hours on end. It sounds a little strange at first, but if you have even been on Tinder, you probably know how addicting it might be to swipe on random people.

After swiping and swiping, I matched with someone that just happened to be in high school. This wasn't a real deal breaker but it put me in an interesting situation especially when my friend and I got invited to a high school party with him and his friends. I spent the next few hours convincing my friend to drive with me 20 minutes to so random house party.

The situation itself was a little weird, but going to the party was nothing like I expected it to be. After nearly a year of going to frat parties or the occasional house party, I was expecting something similar, but it turns out, I was very wrong. This is a list of a few things to keep in mind before going to a high school party like a college student.

1. It isn't the same as a frat 

Frats are dirty, gross, and cram a lot of people into a small space. It's likely that when attending your high school party you won't be needing your frat shoes.

2. It also isn't the same as a house party

House parties in college are way more laid back then a frat, but it still is a step above a high school house party. Don't go into this new party expecting it to be similar to a house party in college, it won't be.

3. The girls wear leggings and sweatshirts 

Do not wear a fratfit to a high school party. That's not what they wear. It is way more casual than a frat party and this tip will save you from looking out of place.

4. You probably won't do a lot of dancing 

At the party my friend and I went to, the music was okay, but all of the lights were on. Everyone just kind of stood around and listened to music.

5. You'll realize how young everyone looks, or how old you look 

The biggest realization that I had at this party was that everyone looks like a baby. You don't ever realize how mature you look until you're surrounded by people way younger than you.

6. There's likely going to be a lot of drama 

Just picture homecoming when everyone's dates ditched them for other people. That's about the level of drama you'll experience at this party.

7. You're probably going to feel out of place too 

Let's face it, you probably will only know a handful of people and it will probably be really awkward. Just roll with it, it won't be that big of a deal.

8. People will be shocked to find out you're in college 

If I had a dollar for every time someone freaked out when I said I was in college, I would be able to pay my college tuition. If this happens to you, embrace it, they all will feel so cool knowing that they're partying with college students.

9. It might actually be a little fun though 

At the end of the day, it is what you make of it. Enjoy yourself and get out of your head. It might turn out to be fun.

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"We have to take out the trash today."

God bless the soul that shares a room with me. Thank you for endless laughter, turning off the lights when I'm already in bed, and loving me so well.

“I can't think of a caption for this. Write it for me."

This happens at least once a week, especially on the night of formal.

“If I bend over wearing these leggings can you see my underwear?"

It's better for your roomie to tell you this one than someone else.

“I'm going on day three without a shower. Does my hair look greasy?"

Even when they say no, they mean that you should really use some dry shampoo.

“You really just need to get over him. You're worth so much more than a stupid boy."

It's the sweetest, most humbling reminder after a night of tears and ice cream.

“We should probably clean tomorrow."

Said, but never done.

“Hide the candles. We have room checks tomorrow."

Sometimes you forget and you get fined.

“I'm going to walk past you and I need you to tell me if I smell bad."

See, you aren't the only one who does that.

“Wake me up in 20 minutes."

A post-class nap on a Monday never hurts until you both fall asleep for three hours.

“Do you think there are any guys in the hall? I need to get my laundry, but I'm not wearing pants."

This one is self-explanatory.

“Your leftovers smelled bad, so I threw them out."

The pungent smell seeping through the refrigerator is inevitable when you leave guacamole from Chipotle in there for two weeks.

“Can you tell me if my thesis makes sense?"

Midnight paper-writing is hard.

“Can we go to the Caf earlier? I'm so hungry already."

We're all walking grandmas in college. Dinner at 5 p.m. is a must.

“Can I wear that tomorrow?"

What's mine is yours.

“What's your cat's name again?"

This is a typical example of a burning question at two in the morning.

“We're already 10 minutes late."

We say this before every chapter meeting.

“Would it be bad if I skipped class tomorrow so I can watch 'Scandal?'"

Please say no, please say no. Just go to class with your computer and watch "Scandal" there.

“Does your throat hurt too?"

Happy flu season!

“How many ibuprofen can you take in a day?"

I don't know. Google it. I took six once and I'm still alive.

“It's only Tuesday."

It's OK. You can cry about it together.

“I love you!"

The best one. Finding a roommate that loves you on days when you don't love yourself is such a blessing. The love that we feel for the people that we live with is so special and so unique.

I'm sorry for all of the times that I've annoyed you, killed one of our plants, or been insensitive because I'm too worried about myself. Thank you for still loving me.

Shout out to all of the roommates out there. You're the bomb.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.


As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.


What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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