Colleges might be institutions of higher learning, but there’s no denying the fact that many of them are pervaded by a “party” atmosphere as well. If you’re a student, it’s only natural to want to explore as many facets of your newfound freedom as possible. However, if you don’t want alcohol to be a part of your college experience, there are plenty of ways to steer clear of it.
Choose a dry campus. Many private colleges don’t allow any booze on campus at all, even if you’re of legal drinking age. While this rule is almost certainly broken on occasion, it provides you with an ironclad excuse should you be the victim of peer pressure.
The more activities you’re involved in, the easier it will be to avoid the party scene. Most campuses provide a myriad of extracurricular activities, with some geared particularly toward new students. That being said, it’s not necessary for you to forego parties altogether; you have the right to a social life. Volunteer to be the designated driver, and sip whatever non-toxic nectar you prefer.
Explore the area on the weekends.
It’s a lot easier to get around when you’re sober–not to mention the fact that you’ll have more free time if you’re not spending Saturday and Sunday mornings sleeping off your latest bender. Find a local coffee shop or restaurant that you can see yourself frequenting, and chat with the staff about cool things to do nearby. These outings will give you something to look forward to during the week, and provide you with interesting topics of conversation when you head home for the holidays.
Don’t cave in to peer pressure.
Remember: You’re under no obligation to drink just because you’re in college. You’re an adult, and people should respect your personal choices. If anyone tries to give you a hard time about it, ask them directly why your sobriety is so threatening to them. If you’re underage, you might also remind them that you’d be breaking the law by taking a drink, and that whoever provided the hooch could be in for serious trouble. While some might scoff at your concerns, if they don’t respect your reasoning, they’re not worth your time.