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3 Tips and Tricks for Surviving through Raisin Weekend

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. Andrews chapter.

It’s that time of year again. The time in which academic families come together for a weekend full of debauchery, drinking, and drama. To keep you from hooking up with your uncle to passing out before noon, we’ve come up with a list of preventative measures to ensure your Raisin is not only fun, but memorable.


  1. Carbs, Carbs, Carbs

Carbs are truly the only way to survive the weekend. Here we’ve created a list of solutions- Drinking games before breakfast? Pancakes. Drunken beach races on East Sands? A toastie. An inebriated scavenger hunt around town? Pizza. Party hopping into the early hours of Monday? Chips smothered in garlic sauce. The best thing you can do for yourself throughout Raisin Weekend to combat the massive amounts of alcohol you may consume is to soak all of it up every few hours with your favorite starch so you can continue through the rest of the day. 


  1. Change of Clothes

Academic kids, you have truly no clue what your parents have in store for you, so it’s best to come prepared. On my Raisin, our parents made us do our scavenger hunt in the rain, then bob for apples floating in syrup and vodka, then dumped flour on top of us and put us on a float down the Kinnesburn River. To say we were uncomfortable by the end is an understatement. Bring several changes of clothes, including party hopping gear, because you never know what you’ll get up to.


  1. Know your limits

Raisin Weekend is supposed to be the highlight of everyone’s St. Andrews experience, so it should be positive. Know your limits going into the weekend and find a friend who will have your back if you’re uncomfortable with something your asked or expected to do. It could be a mum, brother, cousin, or even just yourself, but make sure you have someone looking out for you and that you’re looking out for everyone around you.

Have a happy and safe Raisin weekend, everyone!

Hi I'm Margaret Crawford and I grew up in Dallas, Texas before venturing to St. Andrews for university to read, write, learn, and travel.
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Jenny Yau

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I'm Jenny Yau, 19 and from Hong Kong. Reading, writing poetry and watching tv are my main obsessions. I am sometimes mistaken for a hermit, but I'm friendly once you get to know me :p