December 2, 2013 by ryanglaspell
One of the multiple I’m Shmacked videos chronicling the party lifestyle at WVU.
Just in case there was an elephant in the room for anyone reading, WVU is known as a party school. And not just any party school, but Playboy’s #1 ranked party school in the nation. When it comes to entertainment in Morgantown, it’s hard to not let the loud and intoxicated nightlife make an appearance. Keggers and bar crawls aren’t for everyone. Some people (myself included) forego the alcohol and aim to have fun other ways. Even if you don’t drink, this is a list of tips for how to not have a terrible experience at a party. So, if you read a reference to drinking and you are sober or underage, imagine I’m referring to Red Bull or chocolate milkshakes.
6 tips on how to not have a sucky time partying
1. Go with someone you know.
Look at almost any blog post or article about parties and one of the most recurring and highly emphasized pointer will be to remember the buddy system. Going places alone can be scary and intimidating. Having a friend who cares about you looking out for you can help you avoid some messy situations. But don’t attach yourselves to them like your life depends on it! They want to have a good time too. Think of them as a lifeboat, you don’t need to be with them while the ship is full sail ahead. It’s when things get bumpy that you want to jump in.
2. Know your limit.
Or at least set yourself a limit. Everything is fine and dandy until you have a few too many and you wake up in a puddle of vomit and regret. If you want to get buck wild and drink until you can’t anymore… then at least know what you’re getting into. Alcohol poisoning is never a good time. There are tips and charts for helping you figure out how much you should drink. If you want to take it easy and casually have a few drinks while playing a heated game of Cards Against Humanity, then go for it! Don’t let others intimidate you into taking a shot every time “that one guy” falls down.
3. Don’t leave your drink unattended.
This is one that also appears in countless lists, but that’s because it is important. Although the sick people who drug drinks are far and few between, nothing turns an energetic, fun party into a miserable night like having your beer you left unattended for two minutes get drugged. Know the basic facts about date rape drugs. Don’t accept opened drinks and be very watchful of whatever you’re currently drinking.
4. Be social.
It is a party, not a stand-in-the-corner-athon. There are sure to be some really cool people around. Take some tips from fellow man-site Made Man on how to be social. Let your bashfulness disappear for a few hours and make conversation with people. You might find some new friends, or even a potential love interest. You never know unless you talk. But with that said…
5. Be aware of the come-on.
In a place filled with alcohol and hormone laden college kids, there are going to be people that are just looking for a hookup. By all means have fun and interact with people, and if you’re looking for some romance then have at it. But if someone is being extremely “friendly” and touchy and suggests “getting out of here,” or something of the likes, you should be aware what might be happening. After awhile it takes some naivety to not realize you’re being hit on. Check out this blog post if you need it spelled out. (Note: a well-functioning buddy system complete with safe words can help get you out of an awkward situation.)
6. Have fun.
You’re only in your 20s once. After college comes a career, a family, and bills, bills, bills. It’s important to follow certain tips to enhance your party-going experience, but if you spend all night worrying and paranoid, then you will never reap the benefit of a college party. Let your proverbial hair down. Go with the flow and play a game. Dance. Sing loudly and sloppily. The night is all yours!
Have any more tips? Leave them in the comments below!