The party scene in 2022 might be drastically different than it is today, but there’s no need to worry! I’ve got some dos and don’ts that will make sure you have the best time possible at your next college dorm party. These rules will make sure that you have the best time possible while also keeping yourself safe and out of harm’s way! Let’s get started…
1) Lay off the booze, pot, etc.
There is nothing wrong with partying and having fun, but even harmless substances like alcohol or marijuana can have a negative impact on your health. In some cases, these substances can be addictive, so you should think about how much you really need them. Instead of using intoxicants to give yourself a false feeling of happiness, focus on finding genuine ways to bring joy into your life without substance abuse. Plus, getting high when you’re under 21 (or 26) is illegal—so why risk it?
2) Going crazy isn’t cool
There are plenty of simple and easy ways to stay safe while having fun at a college party, even if you don’t think you need it. Just follow these dos and don’ts and you should be good to go.
3) Keep yourself safe
One of the biggest things you can do before, during, and after a party is keep yourself safe. A simple trick is checking your drink for adulterants (such as drugs). Just adding one drop of a blue food coloring such as Sunset Yellow will make an alcoholic beverage appear cloudy, even if it’s been watered down or spiked with a different drug. If your drink changes color or is hazy when held up to light, set it aside and ask someone else to bring you a new one.
4) Avoid hookup culture
Hookup culture has become an unfortunate norm for college students, but it doesn’t have to be. At many colleges, hookup culture exists as a sort of game where men and women compete for attention. To avoid hookup culture—and its negative ramifications for both your social life and mental health—consider making small changes that can have a big impact on your experience at college. If you do choose to engage in hookups, be conscious of your motives and treat others with respect. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to avoiding hookup culture; everyone needs to figure out what works best for them. But there are ways to have fun and make friends without participating in party culture or engaging in unsafe sexual behavior.
5) On keeping your memory
Who cares if your memory isn’t what it used to be? Here are 10 college party dos and don’ts you need to know before heading out in 2022. Our advice: try and forget everything you learn at these parties—it will only hurt more when your brain decides it wants all of that back later on.
6) Stay away from drugs
When you step into a college dorm for your first year, you’ll walk into a hall full of friends, fun, and drugs. It may be tempting—especially if you want to fit in or experiment—but don’t touch them. These days, it isn’t just illegal substances like cocaine that are banned on campus: weed (and its derivatives) has been outlawed nationwide since 2021.
7) Stick to parties at school
It may seem like an attractive option, but getting into a car with an intoxicated driver is not worth it. This applies doubly so if you don’t know who or what you are getting into when going to a party at another person’s house. If you have your own transportation and aren’t underage, choose parties close by rather than driving far out of your way.
The party scene is one of those things that comes with its own set of unique rules. These 10 tips for enjoying yourself without incurring negative consequences will help you manage expectations, avoid major mistakes and make your college experience a memorable one. Enjoy!