When You Turn 21

When You Turn 21

It's not like the movies but still a good time.

You're finally 21! This birthday is even more special because you are finally considered an adult and can drink legally. The era of birthdays where you go to Chili's every year with your friends and back to your house to watch crappy movies is finally over. Since this birthday is huge, it must mean that your birthday is going to be just how it is in the movies.Well, maybe not like that but it will still be awesome.

1. Finally being able to order a drink.

Now you can finally order a drink. I was never able to pull off a fake ID before because I look so young. So finally the moment has come. Of course, they might stare at your ID for a very long time, but eventually they will finally take your order.

2. You'll expect a huge party, but in reality you're just going out to eat and ordering a drink.

In movies, everyone goes to a huge party with endless drinking and craziness. In reality, you go out to eat somewhere a little more exciting, such as Hibachi, and you get a couple drinks. The craziness that comes is when the workers sing happy birthday to you as they are banging the (instrument). Definitely not as crazy as everyone makes it seem but it is still is a good time.

3. When a lot of your friends are not 21 yet.

This is always hard because you want to party with everyone but you have to make sure that the people under 21 can too. It's important to try to make a plan where everyone is included. This could at least be during the dinner part where afterwards the people who are 21 and up can go to the bars all night.

4. When you can finally party with your friends who are older than you.

These are the friends who are excited that you can finally party with them. Now you can be included in a lot more things that you couldn't be included in before.

5. Finally hanging out somewhere besides Starbucks and parking lots.

Now you can finally hang out with your friends in a decent setting. The options are endless now. You are finally an adult so there are many places where you can hang out and have a good time.

6. Getting a cake congratulating you on turning 21.

This awesome cake was made by my sister. I still can't get over how awesome it is. This is supposed to be me as a result of partying with my friends at the bars. It is safe to say that this did not happen, thank god.

7. You're going to have to spend more money on drinks.

It's bad enough that you spend money on food but now you have to spend even more on drinks. Make sure that you have a job to back up all that spending.

8. Your friends will want you to drink everything in sight.

Your friends will want you to drink until you don't remember your name. Just make sure that you don't go overboard.

9. You're going to have to find a birthday outfit.

You have this vision that you will have the best outfit that everyone is going to look at in awe. In reality, you are trying to put together an outfit last minute and wear a lot of the clothes that you already have.

10. Enjoy your birthday because no matter what it is a good day!

When you turn 21, it might not be like the movies and what you always imagined it as. Just have a fun time with your friends and family and that is how you will have a great time on your birthday. Lower those expectations and just have an awesome time.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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