Lifestyles Center Blog


For those students 21 and over, the weekend can be a time to let off some steam from a busy school week. Senior seminars, papers, and internships can be a struggle for anyone. But even if an adventure is in your future, being aware and responsible is a must. No matter your age, these tips on “surviving” a night out (with-or-without alcohol) are useful in addressing the weekends ahead.

  1. Be safe. Be responsible. It can feel like every alcohol advertisement on TV ends with this slogan that should be a no brainer. But it is important to note and remind yourself that the person most responsible for your safety is yourself.
  1. Know your limits. Depending on a variety of factors, you should be able to determine and confirm with yourself what you can legitimately do. This self-awareness will make you far more comfortable throughout the night and into your daily life. Refuse to accept peer pressure. Everyone is different and that’s what makes you great!
  1. Use the buddy system. Yes, just like those elementary school field trips, it is important to remember that when you are going out, coupling with a friend is optimal.
  1. Have a Back-up Plan. Whether it’s a contact list or an address book, maintaining a list of trustworthy friends is a great way to feel more secure with yourself and your surroundings. Memorize some of your closest friends’ numbers on the off-chance that something happens to your phone. You won’t regret it!
  1. Take a self-defense course. Like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, a defense course can improve your self-confidence and make you feel competent to defend yourself. Think about taking the class for self-defense on campus, the final requires defending yourself against a police officer!


Written by Emily Cooley, Peer Educator