Overpriced textbooks, ridiculous 8 a.m. classes and 2 a.m. pizza deliveries are what make college, college. Clubbing is part of many student routines as well and the highlight of my week. It’s a great way to blow off steam. There are some things I’ve learned that I wish someone had told me beforehand, but you live and learn, right?
Getting ready to go out can be chaotic. Last semester I got out of class on a Thursday and was working on a story due the next day. By the time I showered and was ready, it was too late to grab dinner. I started drinking on an empty stomach and continued drinking until my body had enough. Long story short, I got sick three times that night (including 10 feet away from a cop). So make time to eat something!
The Wheels on the Bus
If you’re going clubbing downtown, I don’t recommend driving. I’m not a fan of the designated driver concept, and parking can be a nightmare, so I take the bus. The bus stop is across the street from the Adanti Student Center, and it’s only $1.25. Everyone can drink (if they choose to) and no one has to worry about driving afterward. The last bus back to Southern leaves downtown at 12:45 a.m., or you can call a taxi if you want to stay out later. But don’t lose any of your friends!
Money, Money, Money
Bring enough money without bringing your life savings. I recommend at least $25, especially if you plan on drinking. Depending on your gender and what time you arrive at the club, there may be a cover fee. Ladies are often free until a particular time, but guys generally have to pay regardless. If you’ll be taking a taxi back, make sure you and your friends have enough cash. Write how much you bring on a piece of paper before you leave so you know how much you spent. It can help you determine how much to bring in the future.
Ladies and Bathrooms
Use the bathroom before going out! Depending on how busy the place is, you may have to wait a while. SoCo’s, for instance, has two stalls. I’ve waited over 20 minutes in line with a full bladder; it’s not a fun experience. I bring a couple of tissues in my clutch in case a stall runs out of toilet paper (trust me, they do). Considering the fact many people are drinking and are going to have to pee, I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Let’s face it, not everyone on the prowl is attractive. That’s where friends come in. Before going out, come up with a saying or hand gesture to let your friend know the person he or she is with is a no-go. Your friend may be wearing beer goggles and not realize who they’re dancing with. A code phrase like, “The place is packed!” can save them.
Ultimately, you’re out to have a good time. Stop checking Facebook or Twitter; you can do that any time. Dance, dance, dance with your friends ‘til you can’t dance anymore! Meet new people. Give out your real number if you’re comfortable (I haven’t reached that point yet!) Rock that new outfit, show off your dance moves and laugh. After all, you’re going to remember these nights more than what you learned in physics.