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Perfect Partying: Posties Edition!

My perfect partying series is (sadly) coming to a close with my latest installment, but with post-exams on our minds, I couldn’t help but throw in some extra-special end of the year tips. Follow a few of these guidelines, and you’re sure to master perfect partying: posties style!

 
It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
As is true of most things in life, slow and steady wins the race. So if you’re one of those people who lives and dies by “the early bird gets the worm” (or whatever other colloquial saying you prefer), STOP, PAUSE, and remember this: unless the worm you’re after is a nasty sunburn from passing out on the beach in the middle of the afternoon, pace yourself. We all know posties involves drinking, so if you’re looking to get your darty on AND make it to the evening festivities, save the jell-o shots for after 8 p.m. and take it slow.

 
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?
Wrong. Fill up a water bottle. Fill up six. And bring them with you to the beach. The combination of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, UV rays, and the salty air will immediately dehydrate you. And that means headaches, dizziness, nausea – a whole slew of unpleasantry you just don’t want to be dealing with during your lovely post-exam week.

 
Back to basics.
Keep in mind that just because you’re partying at the beach with your friends for a week doesn’t mean your normal healthy habits should just go out the window. Okay, am I expecting you to keep up with your daily jogs in Myrtle Beach? No, obviously not, but hey, if you can manage it be my guest. I’ll be the one staring enviously and applauding your initiative. But I digress. Your week will be infinitely less fun if by the end of it you feel like you’re suffering from scurvy. Eat some regular food—even simple stuff like granola bars or fruit. Put sunscreen on – lobster-red is an unflattering shade on everyone. And try to get a couple of z’s in here and there! Nap on the beach or sleep in a couple of days. Dark circles are unappealing, collegiettes™. End of story.

 
Big mess equals big stress.
Ladies. We are all smart, successful, sophisticated girls. Notice I didn’t include ‘slob’ in that alliteration? It wasn’t a misstep on my part. Trashing where you’re staying for posties is a definite no. Not only will doing so up your chances of losing or breaking your belongings and create an all-around unpleasant atmosphere, it could also get you fined or even evicted. Should you be perfect angels? For sure not! But at least pick up after yourself enough that you don’t feel like you’re living in a pig sty mid-way through the week.

 
Last but not least, live it up!
Ta-da! You thought I was going to close with another mildly condescending, albeit helpful tidbit, didn’t you? Collegiettes™, post-exams is 100 percent your last hurrah. It’s the time to say goodbye to friends you won’t see for a whole summer, if not longer. So take pictures, make an effort to see more than just your immediate circle, and soak up every minute of your time in Myrtle. We go to Work Forest, after all. You’ve earned it!
 
So that’s it, my friends. The official end to my series addendum. Enjoy Myrtle—and do it safely and spectacularly with a couple of my tips. Now that’s perfect partying: posties edition!

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Ellie Baldini

Wake Forest

Ellie Baldini is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Communication and minoring in Journalism. A born-and-bred Jersey girl with three younger sisters, Ellie is considers herself a girl's girl, through and through.Currently, Ellie is the Editorial Campus Correspondent of HerCampus, Wake Forest, and the PR intern at the Wake Forest University School of Law. She is also a staff writer for the Life section of the WFU student newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. She has interned previously with a local event planner, and also has work experience at a commercial real estate firm.Ellie's primary passion is writing, closely followed by reading. While she prefers contemporary fiction writers, like Alice Hoffman, she is also a big fan of Ken Follett and Jane Austen. Ellie's favorite book is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. A self-described coffee addict, cat-lover, and a secret tabloid-reader, Ellie firmly believes in finding the silver lining in every situation.After graduation (or at least someday!), Ellie dreams of moving to New York and free-lance writing.
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