I'm Not 'Missing Out' By Skipping College Parties, But You May Be Missing Out By Going To Them

I'm Not 'Missing Out' By Skipping College Parties, But You May Be Missing Out By Going To Them

I'm not sure when "sober fun" became an archaic concept, but we really need to stop shaming people who choose to live their lives against the college norms.
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Everywhere you go on the internet you run into this idea of "missing out." Missing out because you had to study or missing out because you had to work or missing out just because.

I've never really understood that concept.

I don't go to college parties, and to be honest, never once have I felt like I was missing out on something because I'm not there.

What is there to miss out on, anyway?

A bunch of people who have had just a little too much packed together in an already cramped house? Yeah...sounds like a really good time...

I'm not sure when "sober fun" became an archaic concept, but we really need to stop shaming people who choose to live their lives against the college norms.

It's kind of odd if you really think about it. We're shaming people for deciding that paying thousands of dollars per a year for an education means that you actually care about the education.

In fact, every year there are 1,800 college students who die as a result of alcohol consumption. You may think, "oh that doesn't sound that bad if you think about how many college students are out there."

But to be quite honest, that number should absolutely terrify us.

It should terrify us that those 1,800 students weren't around anyone who could call for help when they showed the first signs of alcohol poisoning.

It should terrify us that the friends of those 1,800 students were also too drunk to know what was going on, didn't recognize what was going on or just plain downright ignored it.

So why are we still shaming students who choose to not go out and party for a good portion of their nights each week?

Who would willingly put themselves in that situation?

I know, I know, "it'll never happen to me."

Well, I bet that the 1,800 students who die every year never thought it would happen to them either.

Whether or not you choose to drink alcohol is up to you. Neither I or anyone else can really make that decision for you.

I get it, I know that 80 percent of college students drink in some capacity. I know it's considered a "college norm."

But it doesn't have to be a "norm" to see students dying from alcohol and to see 50 percent of college students participating in binge drinking and to see 20 percent of college students able to be classified as having an alcohol use disorder.

Fellow students, wake up. I'm sick and tired of hearing about alcohol-related incidents and deaths on our college campuses.

I'm sick and tired of hearing about how many students blacked out at a party.

What is the fun in that?

I'm certainly not missing out on everything college has to offer, but maybe, just maybe, you are.

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1. When your professor overloads your brain with information on the first day of class.

2. Realizing that all your time will now be spent studying in the library.

3. Being jealous of your friends with non-science majors, but then remembering that your job security/availability after graduation makes the stress a little more bearable.

4. Having to accept the harsh reality that your days of making A's on every assignment are now over.

5. When you're asked to share your answer and why you chose it with the whole class.

6. Forgetting one item in a "select all that apply" question, therefore losing all of its points.

7. When you're giving an IV for the first time and your patient jokingly asks, "This isn't your first time giving one of these, right?"

8. You're almost certain that your school's nursing board chose the ugliest scrubs they could find and said, "Let's make these mandatory."

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The 10 Different Kinds Of Academic Advisors You'll Have In College, If They Were ALSO Drag Queens

Because RuPaul is *basically* the Michael Crow of drag.

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It's getting to the point of the semester where if you haven't already met with one or more of your academic advisors... you've got to get on top of it! If you're feeling intimidated, however, just know that you have the chance of meeting an advisor who reminds you of your favorite drag queen...

1. The *Really Nice* One (Ben de la Creme)

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Sugary sweet in every way, even when you're six credits behind. This advisor is the one you can always to go with a question or a degree crisis, but you also have to mentally prepare for just *how* nice they are. If they ever go on a reality TV show, you know they'll be the one to eliminate themselves before a competitor-turned-friend.

2. The Angry One (The Vixen)

Maybe you have a bad habit of always seeing this advisor on days where they woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but you're pretty sure one of your advising appointments is going to end in a fight at some point. Despite the grumpiness, however, you have a feeling that this advisor, deep down, really cares about how you're doing in and outside of class. Still, you don't want to get on their bad side any more than you think you already are.

3. The Clueless One (Monique Heart)

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This advisor is nice, they really are. But they have NO CLUE what your major is, what classes you should be taking and when, or what opportunities might be available on campus. You feel like you have to do twice the amount of work to prepare for a meeting with them, and even then you don't feel confident in where you're at once you leave. It's as if they thought cowhide was giraffe print... but with electives and gen-ed credits.

4. The Scary One (Bianca del Rio)

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You gulp every time you have an appointment with this advisor because you know if you don't show up prepared they WILL roast you. This advisor isn't afraid to tell you that you are straight up wrong, even when you were really hoping you were on the right track. When you vent about how appointments go on Twitter, however, it gives you great content, so how upset can you be?

5. The Quiet One (Pearl)

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Are they your advisor or a master librarian? This advisor is super knowledgeable and easy to get along with, but they make an empty office sound as loud as the MU at noon. You have to ask them to repeat everything they say, and one day you're worried you're going to miss something they tell you not for lack of attention, but because you just can't hear them. You know it's worth it though because they always seem to have the inside scoop on how the advising office is doing.

6. The Wild One (Katya)

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This advisor is like your weird, wonderful estranged aunt who loves contact and is just a great time to be around. You wonder how any advising gets done because you're always laughing during your appointment!

7. The One Who Is Too Qualified For The Job (Sasha Velour)

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When you talk to this advisor, you feel like you're attending some sort of mystical Ted Talk on how to succeed. Their office has a Hogwarts-like quality to it with countless shelves of books, great art pieces, and... is that a row of awards on the wall?! Maybe they used to teach or do research because they feel too unstoppable to just be telling you what to do this upcoming year.

8. The Young One (Adore Delano)

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PARTY! This advisor can't be more than five years older than you are, and they try and assert their authority through relatable-but-not-too-relatable slang. They do know how stressful it is to be a college student, however, and you really appreciate the fact that they can empathize with you when you're having a breakdown about your thesis.

9. The Older One (Bebe Zahara Benet)

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Grounded and demure, this advisor is the one that has been with your college since... well... maybe it first opened? They know everything about everything and are honestly just really, really amazing.

10. The One Who Becomes Your Best Friend (Miz Cracker)

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This advisor won your heart over from the beginning with their wit and charm and then sealed the deal by being an awesome advisor you can come to for anything. They're a pivotal part of your college experience, and you love scheduling appointments with them! You just wonder why they don't necessarily get the credit they deserve for being so great.

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