It’s the end of the year and about that time that the Greek system’s sororities and fraternities have finally figured out transportation and locations just in time for their date parties. Unfortunately, you could’ve used a couple more weeks of date-party-delay because you find yourself without any potential date options. However, you have many options, so don’t fret!
The last person you have hooked up is always a viable option for a Date Party date. However, if you cannot remember this gentleman’s name or what quarter it was that you hooked up with him, then he is not an option. If you are consistently hooking up with someone a Date Party is a perfect test for your relationship. Nothing makes or breaks a relationship more than fifty of your “closest girl friends” pestering and probing your date for information about his personal life and his intentions with you. If you are not currently seeing someone or if you have not hooked up with anyone in longer than you would like to admit, then get ready to ignore your academic and occupational duties and go out every night this week trolling for a date. YOLO.
Being set up for a Date Party is like playing Russian Roulette. The majority of the time you will likely be set up with a fun, cute guy, ensuring you a good time. He may not be your ideal date or someone with whom you have a substantial amount of “chemistry,” but he will prove to be a perfectly acceptable Date Party date. Nevertheless, 1/6 of the time, you will be set up with The Situation’s more annoying twin brother or someone like the Bachelorette’s Chris, a.k.a. the creeper with the bobbleheads, causing you to question if your friend who set you up hates you. But, being set up can turn out immensely well, ending in a really fun night or even a potential consistent hook up. Nonetheless, the “Set-Up” turns your sorority house into a smaller-scaled, more superficial version of eHarmony, so now is the time to up those privacy settings because Facebook stalking goes both ways, ladies.
The Friend Date
The “Friend Date” is very promising if you select the right friend; in other words, a friend you know you will not hook up with, who will not expect you to hook up with him, will not ditch you for your drunk and vulnerable sorority sister, and, most importantly, a friend who likes to dance! If you select a friend with these qualities you are going to have an amazing and pressure-free night. However, if your friend is missing one of these four essential characteristics, you are looking at an incredibly awkward and/or boring night. Being the only two people on Bill’s Bus not making out or questionably doing the dirty can be incredibly uncomfortable if you or your friend has any romantic or sexual feelings for the other--being the rejecter or the rejectee is equally awkward. Getting ditched at your own date party?...No, thanks. Getting to the venue and having your friend tell you that he really “isn’t into dancing” is like going to Disneyland and not liking joy--what the hell are you going to do for the next 3 hours? So, pick the right friend or find another option!
The Girl Date
The “Girl Date” selection likely occurs when your boyfriend is unable to attend your Date Party, causing you to iMessage your roommate from freshman year and coax her into accompanying you. You tell her she should come because “it’s been forever” since you guys caught up, and what better place to chat about the personal matters and details of each others’ lives than in an alcohol-and-hormone-infested club? With promises of free alcohol and a potential “swooping” in a sea of drunk men with even drunker dates, she agrees and you have yourself a lady date. Even though you girls are strictly platonic, heterosexual friends, the men in attendance of your date party simply do not understand this concept and will continue to encourage you two to kiss the entire night, starting chants and using the incontrovertibly enticing and effective argument of “YOLO.” In any case, be prepared to be the two most intoxicated people at the venue because “Girl Dates” always go the hardest.