YOUNG VOICES: There's more to college than booze on weekends

2014-02-03T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: There's more to college than booze on weekendsBy Micheala Sosby nwitimes.com
February 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Some people say that I’m “doing college” all wrong, that I’m lame, that I can’t possibly be having any fun on my weekends. And perhaps after reading this some of you might reach similar conclusions about me.

But I’m here to tell you I don’t drink, and I’m more than OK with it. Now, I’m not here to judge anyone who does, nor do I suggest we resurrect Prohibition policy from the 1920s. I’m not even saying that I won’t ever have a drink in my lifetime. But right now, life is pretty good sober.

I used to think my lack of desire to get sloshed every weekend was just one of the many facets of my awkward personality. Maybe that’s true, but I hope I can help you understand why my sober lifestyle really isn't all that bad and is actually quite fulfilling.

I've been a college student for only about six months, so I’m no expert on this stuff, let alone anything. But I would like to share a few nuggets of information I've learned about sober life with all my fellow young people out there. Just read what I have here for you, digest it, and do with it what you will.

• Despite what seems to be the popular belief, I don’t think the moments from your college years that you’ll cherish most will be the ones you spent with a ludicrously high blood alcohol content. However, you most definitely will remember the time you studied abroad, the time you took a road trip with friends, and the time you went to your favorite band’s concert.

• Quite frankly, if you feel like you can’t have fun with your friends without reaching a certain state of mental incompetency, then I think that speaks for the quality of your friends. Choose your group of friends judiciously, and you’ll notice that alcohol is hardly necessary. If every weekend your plans revolve around booze, then I’d say you’re missing out on opportunities for real fun.

• Drinking for the sole purpose of getting drunk won’t get you anywhere except the bathroom floor. Hurling your stomach contents into a toilet won’t purge you of any imprudent decisions you may have made earlier in the night. Oh, and stay away from the jungle juice.

There’s nothing wrong with going out and having a good time, but your decision to drink or not to drink won’t define your college experience. It’s not everything. Whether you choose to drink or not, just remember there’s more to college than what is in your cup.

Micheala Sosby, of Portage, is a freshman at the University of Missouri. The opinions are the writer's.

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