The gang’s all finally here! Now that the hustle and bustle of our beautiful campus has been restored, the social scene is picking up. Specifically, parties. Be it NCAs, New Apts, Old K or other, this weekend (and in many weekends to come) there will be alcohol, dancing, and general merriment. And while parties can be a great way to meet new people and relax, they can also be scary, especially to those who haven’t been to a college shin-dig before. So to all you first years out there, these are some tips to having a good time and avoiding party fouls.
- Use your words. Does this person want to dance with you? Are you allowed to drink this person’s vodka? Is the resident of this NCA okay with you coming in? Ask. The great thing about being a first year is that no one is going to judge you for not knowing where Weaver is or how to get to the New Apts. This is a pretty friendly campus, and most people want to help you. That being said, crashing private parties and pressuring upperclassmen to find you alcohol is not the best way to kick off the year.
- Keep your K-Card, keys, and phone nearby. The number of Allstus about missing keys, sweaters, etc. that go out each year is too damn high. Pockets are scarce in many party ensembles, but try to stash your valuables in a safe spot if you can. Quiet corners, a friend’s bag, the side of your bra–be creative about it and check to make sure your stuff is still there continually throughout the night.
- Trust your gut. Remember, parties are supposed to be fun. If there are too many people and you start feeling overwhelmed, don’t feel obligated to stay. If Keystone Light isn’t your thing, you don’t have to drink it. Everyone has different comfort levels, and no one is going to judge you for taking the steps you need to feel safe.
- Don’t be overly judgmental. Some people go to parties to dance. Some people go to hook up, or drink, or see their friends. And all of those things are okay. Grinding on the dance floor might not be your thing, but don’t give your friend shit about it if that’s all they did. As long as there is consent and everybody is safe, it really doesn’t matter who drank more or who left early.
- Know that you don’t have to deal with everything alone. If your roommate can’t stop throwing up or if you feel unsafe for any reason, reach out to someone. Authority figures can seem like disembodied pockets of terror, but really everybody just wants to make sure you’re safe. So call Campus Safety, call the CA on duty, call whoever you need.