How to Avoid the Party Trap

If you watch pretty much any movie about college life, you would think it was all keg parties and dance competitions. Certainly campuses offer plenty of opportunities to kick up your heels and have fun. Often the college itself will offer fun entertainment, and more often, it just happens naturally with eager young co-eds away from home for the first time. It can be easy to get swept away in this lifestyle when there are so many offers to party. Unfortunately, for many students, the party life starts to take over college life. Here are a few tips to stay focused.

Always remind yourself of your priorities when you are at college. You are there first and foremost to earn your degree. As much as life experience and friendships are important, you have your whole life to experience that and only a few years to prove yourself in school. Try writing down your goals and the beginning of the school year along with an action plan to achieve them. You will see pretty quickly that working towards your goal doesn’t leave much time for keggers.

Keep friends who want to succeed in school. There are plenty of college students who fall into the party trap and will want to drag others with them. They may seem like fun and great people, but if you want to finish your degree, it’s best to keep a safe distance from them. Look for friends who share your goals and can resist invitations to party all night. They may not seem as fun now but you will likely have a lot more in common with them in the long run. Friendships based on partying will only end in resentment when you realize they’ve hurt your chances of earning top marks in college.

Find an outlet for fun that does not interfere with your schoolwork. Joining sports teams, volunteer groups or a theatre troupe can help fill your need for socialization and excitement, without jeopardizing your school career. After all, if you are studying for four years straight in college you are going to need some enjoyment! These activities will normally end at a reasonable hour so you won’t be too tired to go to your classes the next day. Plus, activities that add to your physical fitness or skill set will benefit you in other ways. Partying all night rarely has any lasting benefits.

Of course you should and will enjoy a few parties from time to time, it is a part of college life that you don’t want to miss out on completely. Just make it the exception to the rule on a Saturday night rather than a weeklong occurrence. Your body, mind and grades will thank you.

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