Tips for Fitting into the College Experience without Getting into Trouble
Many people assume college is all about drinking alcohol and partying every night of the week. These visions of college life are usually based off of fictionalized television shows and movies. In reality, the college experience can be exhilarating, even without getting too deep into the party scene. While binge drinking and parties will definitely feature throughout your years here, there is a lot more to gain from your college life. Here are some easy tips for making the most of your college experience without getting into trouble.
Go to Campus Events
On any given night, there is sure to be some event to attend on campus. Whether it is the art student’s project exhibition, or the first meeting of the local charity club. Week night events may not be as popular as a football game pep rally, but there are advantages to attending smaller campus events.
Less attendance lends itself to a more intimate experience and a great atmosphere for meeting new people. It’ll be easier to make connections with your peers instead of just being another body in attendance.
Join an Organization
During the beginning of the semester, most colleges have a fair that allow the many organizations on campus to present themselves to new students. Have a walk around and visit any table that sparks your interest. Not only do clubs introduce you to people with similar interests, becoming a member will give you an opportunity to take an active part in campus life. Being involved in a variety of activities also looks good on your resume.
Go to Sports Games
Even if sports are not really your thing, attending a few games a year is a great way to show your school spirit. The feeling of attending a game with hundreds of your fellow school mates is something that can only be experienced if you are there. Homecoming and championship games are the important events that you should make a point to attend. If you are already a sports fan, go all-in and support your team to the fullest!
Volunteering your time to supporting your college and local groups is not only good for the school, it is also good for your mental health and well-being. Most campuses host events like blood drives and community reading programs on a regular basis. Sign up for an afternoon of service and show your support for the campus community.
Follow these tips and you are sure to fit into any college community you choose to attend. Stay true to who you are and you will make friends wherever you go. If you find you have a hard time staying away from the party scene, or are worried about friends who can’t, seek out Alcohol Treatment Centers or group support through your school’s infirmary. They are there to help you and can make sure you don’t miss out on the positives of college life.