College parties are fun and adventure, and will also turn out to be memorable if you do not do anything silly. Prepping for your first college party can be stressful, but if you are sensible and do not go overboard trying to impress, then things will work out just fine.
Your first few weeks in college are when you get an opportunity to really live ‘free’ with no curfews or groundings, away from parental gaze. Parties are without doubt an integral part of college life, and there will be quite a few to attend.
Living away from home, studying a lot, managing your own stuff, frat/sorority recruitments and trying to make new friends all can snowball to make the first few weeks the most intense of your life, but do not let the first college party intimidate you.
Here are a few tips for you to survive your first college party and have loads of fun.
1. Get a Wingman or a Wing Girl Along
Bringing along a trustworthy buddy is one of the most important rules you need to remember when attending college parties. They know when you go overboard with alcohol and will try to help you out when you get into awkward situations.
Buddy system also helps build friendships and you will get to know new people in the hostel or dorm. With a wingman or wing girl by your side you are assured that there is someone to watch your back and come to your rescue should you need it.
2. Know Which Frat or Sorority House You Are Going To
Fraternity names are not easy to remember and you may not be familiar with acronyms. But it is important that you are sure about which frat house you are at. It can be quite embarrassing if you mix up the names and you also risk not getting invited in future.
3. Be Sensible with Your Drinks
Free drinks are among the biggest attractions of popular fraternity and sorority parties. But you may not see alcohol flowing at every do. There will be hundreds of people like you and the chances of getting as many drinks as you like are pretty slim. For your first college party pregaming is advised. This will allow you to get the perfect high before hitting the party.
If you are not familiar with drinks it will be better if you avoid mixing alcohol at the party. There is no telling what effect it will have on your tummy. If you start with vodka, stick to it. Certain types of alcohol do not go together too, so if you drink the wrong one you could end up vomiting all over the place, that too in the first party of your college life!
Do not accept drinks from strangers, which applies to boys as well. If you can see where your drink is poured from, consider it safe. Even better, go for beer cans that you open on your own.
Also, do not drink to wow others in the party. Alcohol tolerance varies for each, so in order to catch up don’t over-consume and end up passing out at your first college party.
4. Dress to Impress
It is always great to dress up for parties, even in college. It is not necessary that you spend a bomb on party apparel. You can team a regular pair of jeans with a nice shirt. The most important thing is that you must not come across as someone trying too hard.
A pair of jeans and a cool Polo T-shirt is safe for your first party.
Most probably the floor of the house will be sticky and slushy with beer and other nasty stuff, so do not choose college parties to flaunt your new and expensive shoes.
5. Get to Know Someone Who Will Be Able to Win You Entry
This is important because there are far too many people waiting to get entry inside happening parties. If you are able to give the name of the person you know, the brother at the door may give you a quick entry.
If you know someone who lives in the hosting fraternity or sorority, then entry into invite-only parties will be easier. This in no way means you avoid parties where you do not know any seniors, but stick to familiar houses initially.
So how do you go about making the right connections and networking smartly? For one, being friendly helps. If you manage to find a group to hang out with in your class, chances are high that your group may get invited to a couple of college parties. Also, it becomes easier if there are girls in your group. A small mixed group is best and if you are only a bunch of freshmen guys, keep the number down to get entry to parties.
Keep in mind that most fraternities throw at least one open party in the first month to attract freshmen. They basically let everyone in, especially if you can convince the brother at the door that you are interested in rushing the fraternity.
6. Ensure Your Phone Has a Full Battery
A full battery will ensure that you are not left stranded if you ever want to ring up a taxi after the party. Clicking happening pics, Instagramming and staying updated on your other social media accounts will empty the phone battery in no time. Carry along a compact power bank that will charge your phone at least once. Larger portable chargers will offer a couple of charges, or more.
7. Be open to meeting new people
College parties are places where you get to meet new people and make friendships that last a long time.
Stay with your wingman, but do mingle around and try to chat with others at the party. Getting to know a few brothers will help you get invites for parties when entry becomes harder. Do not be stupid or try too hard. Do not try to steal girlfriends because you might get barred from the house forever.
Also, do not be a jerk and be disrespectful to the frat brothers or women in the party.
Be decent and walk around and meet new people. This is the whole point of the party actually. You will be surprised that there are actually a handful of people who find you interesting.
8. Participate in Drinking Games
You definitely do not want to come across as boring or ‘lame’, and participating in drinking games is the way to go as far as college parties are concerned. Houses differ in their rules for games like beer pong and flip cup, so know what they are. Ask someone to play along with you and have fun. If you are scared of drinking too much, substitute beer with water and no one will know (hopefully).
9. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
No matter how well the party’s going and how many new friends you have made, it is important that you stay alert and aware of your surroundings. You might have your best buddy along who you trust to be there for you, but it is quite possible to miss out on things when the hall is jam-packed with drinking and dancing students.
Also, have a plan in mind to get home on your own if situation demands it.
10. Never Leave the Party with a Stranger
You will meet interesting people but do not leave the party with a girl or boy you do not know well. This could lead to potentially dangerous situations which can be even more threatening if you are drunk and unaware of surroundings.
If you want to leave the party and your friends are not, call a cab or ask someone you know to come and pick you up. Do not go alone or with a stranger, however comfortable you may be with it at the moment.
11. Have Fun
The most important thing is that college parties are places where you can have tons of fun, make new friends and build memories that last a lifetime. So join in the fun and do not let inhibitions stop you.
College parties help you unwind and enjoy the new-found freedom. So, time to get your act together and dance the night away!
Your first college party will definitely be exciting, thrilling and an unforgettable experience. Ensure that you are well-prepared and do your homework about your would-be hosts. With your wits about you, the party will turn out to be really awesome.