Party, party, partaayy! Don’t deny it, that was the chant running through your head as you headed off to college, especially if you’re a freshman. While the party scene is a huge part of college life, it isn’t all of it. It is, however, the first thing most new students think about. So in the spirit of another new school year, and lots of back to school parties, here are some tips on how to stay safe.
First off, know how to say no.
This particular tip has been ingrained into all of our minds since we were old enough to talk. That doesn’t make it any less important, in fact, it only emphasizes its significance. Let’s say it’s your very first party and you aren’t quite comfortable with the idea of drinking. Someone WILL offer you a drink and if you can’t say no you’re going to end up doing something you don’t want to. That’s also where this next tip can come in handy.
Carry around a cup of soda if you aren’t comfortable with drinking.
If people see you with a drink they are less likely to pressure you. Most of the time they just think you already have an alcoholic beverage and leave you alone. If you are still being pressured and don’t know what to do, leave. Allowing yourself to remain in a bad situation only makes things worse.
Have a designated driver for the night as well as a back-up plan, just in case.
Now I know not all of you want to avoid drinking. Heck, most of you are probably looking forward to it! But, that doesn’t mean you have to be stupid about it. Be safe. Drinking and driving is probably one of the worst things you can do, so make sure you can avoid it.
Know your limits.
Getting totally wasted is not cool, not to mention it puts you at risk. The people who get completely smashed are usually the ones that end up doing the stupidest things, or worse, getting raped. They’re also the people that end up with horrible hangovers and occasionally alcohol poisoning.
Know what you’re getting yourself into.
The majority of bad situations arise when someone doesn’t know what they’re getting into. For instance, they think they are going to a party with a small group of friends and then end up at a huge blowout. Bad things usually follow.
Bring some friends with you.
Going to a party by yourself just reeks of disaster. Besides, friends make everything more fun.
The last tip I have for you is to HAVE FUN! Being safe is definitely important, but don’t let the fear of danger keep you from having a good time. You’re only young once, so enjoy it while it lasts!
Photo by Kasey Gray.