Thank You, Mom and Dad, For Letting Me Drink In High School

Thank You, Mom and Dad, For Letting Me Drink In High School

I never want to be that drunk girl crying on the curb at 2 A.M.
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Thank you so much, Mom and Dad, for letting me drink in high school.

My parents are in the middle; they’re not strict but they also don’t let me do whatever I want. They set rules in place for me and my siblings, and we always knew there would be consequences for breaking those rules. That saying, they trusted me a lot in high school. I didn’t have a curfew, I could come and go as I pleased (if I told them where I was going), and they let me be a teenager.

I’m not a spoiled kid whose parents let me do everything I wanted.

I earned the right to that freedom. I earned their trust by keeping a job to pay for everything myself, by getting good grades and trying hard in school, and by always showing that I respected the rules they did make me follow.

Now, I’m not thanking my parents because I loved to get wasted every night and party all the time. I’m thanking them because they allowed me to test my limits in high school so that when I got to college, I wasn’t the drunk girl crying on the curb at 2 A.M.

One of my long-time friends grew up with very strict parents. She wasn’t allowed to drive until she was 18, she rarely could go out on the weekends, and she definitely wasn’t allowed to drink. Like most teenagers, she broke those rules on occasion, but for the most part, she was horrible at sneaking around and often ended up grounded. She is now a freshman at a small mid-west school where she gets drunk every night. All I hear about is how drunk she got the night before and all I can think is “It’s a Tuesday. What are you doing?”

She has gone crazy.

College is supposed to be a time where you let freedom ring and take advantage of no parent supervision, but that doesn’t mean you should drink your weeks away.

I knew this would happen. I can’t tell you how many people I have met whose parents were super strict in high school and now they didn’t know how to control themselves in college. I know how to have fun and still remember what happened the night before and can function the next day. Many kids who grew up in strict households struggle with their new freedom and don’t know self-control because they were always under 24/7 supervision.

If you’re this student, remember you are in college to study and get a degree. I’m not saying get straight A’s but focus on school more. Parties happen Thursday through Sunday and there is plenty of time to have fun then; that’s what the rest of us do. No one will judge you for not going out all the time, but people are judging you for your constant wasted state.

Reputations form easily and they are hard to get rid of.

Start college on a good note, please.

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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

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!

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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.

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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.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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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.

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A Love Letter To Chicago

For those who are missing their hometown, you're not alone.

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To my lovely Chicago,

Being the independent, adventuring seeking seventeen-year-old I was when applying to colleges, I wished nothing more than to get away from you. I felt like we need really needed space from each other and I needed to explore other things.

However, after our time apart there's just so many things I miss about you and I can't keep them off my mind.

It all started when I came down to South Carolina. I quickly realized just how much I was missing. No one knew what Portillo's was, let alone that their secret ingredient in the chocolate cake was mayonnaise.

Not only that, but I haven't had a good piece of pizza since we went our separate ways.

No one knows about deep dish let alone what Pizano's, Lou Malnati's or Giordano's is. Pizza used to be our thing, now I'm lost trying to fill that hole in my heart. I miss cheese popcorn with a sprinkle of Carmel corn from Garrett's. People looked at me funny when I tried to tell them about that. Little do they know what they're missing.

Being without you has created a hunger both literally and figuratively that can only be filled by the Windy City itself.

Aside from our romantic dinner dates, there are some things that people just don't understand about us. People don't understand my love-hate relationship with Lollapalooza and maybe it's a North Shore thing but no one else seems to understand the importance of the sides of Perry's Stage.

My true home was always the left side but I would rather be trampled trying to listen to the one Travis Scott song I know that to ignore this gaping hole inside of me. I also tried to explain my love for Water Tower and Oak Street. No one understands how the shopping you have is so much better than anywhere else. Old Orchard mall, you will always have my heart, but I haven't forgotten about your Northbrook Court.

I also miss your sports. The love Chicago has for its sports teams is something I haven't seen anywhere else. Not only is the support different here but I haven't seen any hockey player as cute as Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane since I left you.

I want you to tell Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant that I'm sorry I moved away but I did manage to watch a game on my phone one time but nothing compares to being at Wrigley. I miss you Wrigley Field. I miss you so much Chicago that I would be willing to cheer on the Sox's just to come home.

Also shoutout to the Bears, I haven't seen Pro Football since I left you and I picked a school without football because I could even think of supporting another team.

I want to let you know I made a mistake, I think the south is beautiful but I am missing you more than you could ever know. I wanted a real beach, only to find out that jellyfish stings really hurt.

Lake Michigan, you would never do that to me. I thought I hated your cold weather, but all I want right now is to see the grey-brown slush shoved to the side of the road that was once white beautiful snow.

I miss your people and their Midwestern charm. I wanted to reach out to you because this long distance has been really hard but I'm willing to make it work. I should've never cut you off. I'd really like to work this out and maybe we can talk it out over Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I love you Chicago and I'm sorry for taking you for granted.

Love your sad ex-girlfriend, Holly Malnati

PS. I'm crying right now.

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