If you’ve ever been to a college campus you know there’s too much drinking
involved. When I say too much drinking involved I mean there’s a lot of alcoholics in the making. High School seniors be warned, choose your friends wisely as they may change your life forever. The college life influences students into making decisions they shouldn’t of made. It’s so easy for college students to mess around and not get anything done. Part of the reason I disliked college was because of the attitude and behavior most kids had. Most of the kids waste a lot of time drinking and partying not thinking for a second how they can make it in life. The attitude is, “I’ll make it in the future, but right now I’m just going to party my ass off.”
Whether you go to Iowa or Michigan you’ll see drinking everywhere. Bars, dorms, apartments, and houses are all filled with college kids getting wasted. I should add not all college kids are getting wasted but the majority are. It really doesn’t matter if there under or over age there’s going to be a lot of drinking. Often times the worst college kids with drinking problems are the ones underage.
If you haven’t already seen or heard about Greek life you will on a college campus. Schools big or small in whatever state take advantage of Greek life. Greek life consists of fraternities and sororities partying all the time. If paying every month to have friends, parties, and a shitty liver after four years sounds fun to you then Greek life is your path. Trust me, I did it in college. Greek life is one of the biggest influences on college kids becoming alcoholics. It’s a fact that most boys and girls coming out of high school will be manipulated into thinking Greek life is cool. Yes, it may be fun to bang a lot of girls and party all weekend, but not at the expense of your parent’s hard earned money.
Looking back I would have done a couple different things entering college. For starters I wouldn’t have had a girlfriend during the first semester as too much pressure was built up from her. Secondly, I would have waited till my second semester to rush a fraternity or at least see how my other friends did in fraternities. In the dorm halls there was already a lot of drinking to begin with. Sneaking in alcohol was too easy as a freshman. Especially being that alcohol doesn’t really have a smell to it.
There’s a lot to take in as an incoming freshman, but the biggest thing to consider is what kind of life you desire after college. Like I said not all kids in college were alcoholics. There was a select few that wanted something big out of life, but they were not popular at all. In college you have to ask yourself if you want to be successful or popular. It’s very difficult to separate yourself from the crowd in college. Many kids enter college from all different cities and financial backgrounds. You have to be self disciplined into saying no to people when it’s time to work.
College is a fun time, it truly is. Don’t succumb to the majority mindset. If all your friends are out getting drunk every night maybe you need to reevaluate your friend circle. After all the you are who you hang out with. If you’re trying to be successful in life than getting drunk in college is probably the farthest thing from getting you one step closer to where you want to be.
Recently I was doing a Lonely Island binge and I watched their world famous video and song, I’m On A Boat.
I got the video right here if you guys are looking to watch it before continuing with the post.
I got me thinking about some great memories I made with my dad and my buds drinking on the boat. Now, I was a pretty wild guy in my late teens and early 20’s and alcohol was always part of the good times.
Boating in the summer is the best memory I had as a high schooler. Without a doubt, boating on the Stockton delta was a blast. But do you want to know what was even more fun? Drinking and getting drunk boating on the Stockton delta. That’s right, there’s really nothing that even comes close to the level of fun I’ve had then getting blasted on the water. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was wake boarding down the river and my dad had a thirty pack in the cooler we brought. The craziest thing was that I was 17 at the time. Totally illegal to drink, but my dad was fine with it. As I was getting off the board and jumping onto the boat he yelled, “hey Blake, here’s a beer!” I grabbed one and never looked back. After three beers I was feeling better and then I drank 10. After my tenth beer I was gone.
The first time being drunk is an amazing memory to have. Most people get drunk for the first time in high school. After all, a lot of houses parties take place in high school. If you’ve ever been to a high school party, which I hope you have, you will be sure to have seen tons of alcohol. It’s very common and normal for teenagers to mess around with alcohol for the first time in high school. Once college comes around a different level drinking emerges. It’s not uncommon for kids to become alcoholics in college. After all, parents aren’t around and new living arrangement is present. “College can be the best four years of your life or the worst four years of your life.”
Going from high school to college was a crazy experience for me. I ended up graduating from a catholic high school and going to a public university. Attending a public university was interesting to say the least. The type of kids that went to the University of Arizona were not the type eager for success. I remember pledging a fraternity was quite an event. Not only were all the “frat bros” loaded and down to party all the time, but they seemed like shallow guys. A lot of the guys and girls I met were just at the U of A to have a good time and drink. When I was pledging in my fraternity in the fall, I blacked out for the first time. This was something new to my system and had truly shocked me.
I remember the night like it was last night. It was bid night at the house. Bid night is the bigger party night in the frat all semester. As soon as I walked in the house I just remember a crowd of active members rushing on me to drink there handles. It was a little brutal and not something I was use to. The actives would run up to you and tell you to drop to a new and jug. If you ever drank vodka before you know it’s harsh when forced down your throat.
After about an hour of drinking I just remember feeling really drunk. You know the feeling I’m talking about when you simply can’t stand or walk anywhere. Believe me it was a very fun and memorable experience but not something I wanted to continue. A lot of the active members were alcoholics and couldn’t get anything done in there day without taking a shot or taking a “pull.” The frat parties and sorority girls were there but not worth the money and time. I guess I just realized I wanted to be something great and paying for a fraternity was not going to get me there.
My advice to any senior graduating from high school and entering college is to be careful with your decisions as they may impact the rest of your life. Often times people say, “these four years are the most pivotal years of your life and can make or break you as a success.” Due your due diligence and find out deep down what your really want in life. Once you’ve found out what you really want in life, work for it everyday until you die.