Safety should be your first concern when attending any party at college. While it is never a bad thing to be trusting of other individuals, you must balance that with protection for yourself. Too many stories fill the headlines of nefarious activity by college students perpetrated on one another. Don’t let the victim be you.
Watch Your Cup
If you do choose to drink at a party, keep an eye on where you place your beverage. Date rape violence has increased over the past decade due to the wide availability of tranquilizers and other supplements. Leaving your cup on the corner table and then going to the bathroom is a definite no. The rule you should follow is if your beverage is out of your sight, even for a minute, get a new one. This isn’t just for girls either. Guys have had their drink spiked with supplements as a crude attempt at a prank. The consequences can be deadly, so play it safe.
Easy on the Keg Stands
Binge drinking is simply not worth the risk. The possibility of alcohol poisoning escapes the minds of many college students when they are around their peers. Who can blame them? Everyone likes to have a good time. But the simple fact is you, and only you, know when you have had enough. You have to go to the party with the intent to say no to excess alcohol consumption.
It’s Not Your House
Some students get the feeling that just because they are invited to a party means that they can make themselves at home, damaging property as they go. Be respectful. People live in the house and will have to clean up after your mess.
Keep Your Actions in Check
Alcohol mixed with type A personalities can result in tempers escalating quickly. The key is to make sure you are not the one involved. The last thing you want is to go into your first interview having to explain the drunk and disorderly conduct charge you have on your record; all started because someone bumped into you and didn’t apologize. Parties are not the time to begin arguments over trivial matters. Let it go. Save your comments for another day.
College should be fun, but consequences of your actions should always be on your mind. If you keep your head on straight, a college will be the best four years of your life. If you don’t, you will assuredly regret it.