Happy Halloween, MC Raptors! We are officially in holiday season territory, and if you’re anything like me, you’re nothing but ecstatic. However, with holidays comes holiday invites, and with holiday invites comes holiday parties—sometimes too many to count.
Back in high school, I was a big party girl. My senior year, I remember hanging out with my friends every night until the wee hours of the morning, which didn’t make my parents too happy. This only heightened when I went abroad for two years. The drinking age outside of the USA is usually 18, and boy, I can sure tell you that I took full advantage of it. Nights were loud and mornings were hazy, and I always remember being unproductive and sluggish throughout the entire day. However, the partying lifestyle got old really fast.
Everyone says that college is supposed to be the wildest time of your entire life. You’re supposed to make an endless amount of friends, go to an endless amount of hangouts, and subsequently have an endless amount of fun. But what about for the people who would rather stay in? What about the people who really don’t feel like going out all the time? What happens to them?
From someone who’s been on both sides of the spectrum, I can safely say that absolutely nothing happens. Trust me, it doesn’t matter if you don’t go to one party, or 10 parties, or 20 parties, or all the parties—you didn’t miss out on a thing.
I used to be so scared that if I didn’t go out to party, something mind-blowing and amazing would happen—that I would miss out on creating awesome memories with my buddies. However, it was the quiet nights playing Jenga and sipping coffee, laughing endlessly on the floor with my best friends that I really remember. Those are the moments that I hold close.
I know it’s pretty difficult to get over FOMO (fear of missing out), but college is supposed to be a time where you find yourself—whether it be dancing the night away or lounging around with your friends.
You do you, Raptors. There’s no shame in whatever you choose.