UD Becoming 'No. 1 Party School' Isn't Something to Celebrate

UD Becoming 'No. 1 Party School' Isn't Something to Celebrate

Just because we made this "accomplishment" doesn't mean you need to live up to it.

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Recently, the Princeton Review labeled the University of Delaware the #1 party school in the country. We've risen in the ranks in the past three years, moving from #13 in 2016 to #6 in 2017 and now to the crowning spot, which makes me feel uneasy, honestly.

Just because we ARE the number one party school does not mean we have to act like it. You do not have to be the sole individual keeping the tradition alive. I understand that it is kind of funny to be the top beer guzzling, frat-partying, DAGE loving school, but even so...don't take this as a challenge.

I have seen more than one classmate miss an exam only to find out that they didn't oversleep or go to the wrong building, but were in fact in the hospital because of alcohol poisoning, drinking to excess just because they could (or thought they could). Some of my good friends are those people who think having as many drinks as possible is an accomplishment. Drinking has become so ingrained in their lives that it is the first thing they think of to blow off stress or celebrate.

I have watched ambulance after ambulance roll down Cleveland and Main Street, going off to a dorm or a house or a party. I am so used to knowing people are drinking too much and being stupid that on instinct, I assume every ambulance is going towards one of us and not somewhere else in the Newark community.

Oh, and so does the Newark community.

It isn't funny. It isn't an accomplishment. I understand that it can be sort of stupid, and something you can tell your friends who go to a different school and think they're crazy party people. I hate to break it to you, but this mentality of being the "party school" is toxic. There is so much more to our school than this, and I take pride in so much more.

I am tired of being labeled as some stupid kid who needs more policing because of the university I go to. You want to know why we're getting more fines and consequences for jaywalking? Because they think we NEED THEM, especially after dark and a few drinks at Klondike Kate's.

I have seen so many comments under the UDPD post saying the "wild parties" need to be controlled. On a post about WALKING ACROSS THE STREET. We've ingrained ourselves so deep into people's minds as "those dumb kids" that OF COURSE they are not going to think we are capable of more.

I'm not one of the people who goes to party. I have never had much interest in it. But I'm sick of those of us who think drinking should be casual and relaxed and not some senseless, stupid pissing contest between frat boys being looked at like the minority of people acting stupid on and off campus.

Grow up.

Party. Don't party. Whatever. But don't go posting that we're number one party school all over your timeline and then say "it's only getting wilder from here." I don't want to see that, and I have a feeling your liver won't, either.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

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10 Ways To Become More Organized And Productive

Struggling to stay organized is a common issue for people, but there are many ways to make a change in your life and get better at it. Here are some daily habits that have helped me - hopefully they can help you as well!

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Something that I've struggled with in my life since I can remember is organization - in school and just in life. Over the years I've learned some skills and habits that have helped me become (and stay) organized. I still have some work to do, but I'm getting better at it every day! Here are some suggestions I have if you're looking to make a change in your organization and productivity:

1. Use a planner

Planners are a fun and easy way to get a schedule in place that can help you visualize what you need to do and when it needs to be done. Picking a planner can be exciting, and even using stickers and colored pens is good way to get yourself to actually use it. Not going to lie, when I first got a planner, that's what it took for me to get in the habit of using it.

2. Write down your goals

Writing down goals reminds you why you are working hard and why you need to get things done. Everyone has rough days, and sometimes you need to look at your goals to motivate you to keep moving forward. These goals can even be small tasks or things you want to conquer like learning something new or scoring a certain grade on an exam - or they can be bigger goals such as graduating and starting your career.

3. Come up with a routine

Routines get us into the habit of being productive and remembering to do so. Morning, night time, and after school routines can make a huge difference in your everyday life. It's interesting to watch other's routines on Youtube and understand what they do to keep themselves in check - so if you need some ideas that is something to look into.

4. Make lists and check them off

Making lists have been a huge part of my productivity. This is one of the most helpful techniques I've used to encourage myself to get things done. Completing tasks and checking them off a list is a great way to see progress and visualize your accomplishments which is very satisfying and rewarding!

5. Make your bed when you wake up

This sounds like a silly and simple task that doesn't make much of a difference in your day-to-day life, but you would be surprised. Recently I have gotten in the habit of making my bed EVERY morning. For some reason it makes my head feel more clear, and it's a refreshing thing to come home to after a long day.

​6. Create a clean work space

It is usually difficult to be productive when things are a mess. Trust me, I would know. I have found that when I clean up my room and make myself an area to get work done, I accomplish way more. It helps me feel more clear headed and less overwhelmed.

​7. Don't let your laundry build up

This goes along with keeping a clean work space - we are all guilty of being lazy now and then when it comes to doing laundry. Although, the more it builds up, the more difficult it becomes to deal with. Often times even when I do my laundry, it will still take me awhile to get myself to sit down and fold the clothes. I have found though that the more often I do it, the less overwhelming it becomes.

​8. Review notes after class and keep supplies organized

Reviewing your notes everyday is a great way to reflect on what you learned earlier. Doing this before bed is especially beneficial because that is the last thing you think about before you fall asleep. This results in much better retention of the material you've gone over which is a reason it is such a helpful thing to do.

9. Use your phone to help you

Everyday we walk around with our phones with us and we use it all the time. Although phone use can be unhealthy and these days it consumes too much of our time, it's a great resource to get organized and stay productive. Using the Reminder App that comes with a lot of phones is a great tool to use, so is the calendar and timer. If you're as forgetful as I am this is definitely something you should use to your advantage!

​10. Hold yourself accountable

These tips and habits may seem like a lot to keep up with but once you get used to them they will become second nature. Try not to push these things aside and go about your day - remember what you've forgotten to do or reflect on what you need to get better at. Keep track of how often you are doing these things, maybe even write down when you forgot something so you can do it differently next time.


Your organization and productivity is all in your own control! The only thing getting in the way of making a change is yourself, remember that.

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