As college students, we all anticipate the beginning of the weekend. Classes have finally come to an end. Headaches of tests, quizzes and midterms are thrown out the window. You’re thanking God it’s Friday as you kick into relaxation mode and turn the party dial all the way up.
Mass text messages are being circulated asking peers, “Where’s the party at tonight?” Maybe it’s a frat house social, free before 11 p.m. at Baja’s or free all night at the Mint. Many students are searching for the highlight of their weekend that usually often involves alcohol and hook-ups. But what about those who would rather stay in instead of going out and possibly getting drunk with no recollection of what happened the night before?
Well, there are college students organizing groups to do just that. At universities like Princeton and Georgetown, there are
religious organizations choosing not to violate their values by going with the college norm. Instead, they’re choosing to keep their self-respect on Friday nights instead of drunken memories. Students are able to meet other students who seek to preserve their goals and values.
While FAMU is popularly known as the “party capital” when it comes to the party scene, students who are not interested in clubs and parties should have a safe haven as well. There should be an organization for students who choose not to party. A group that promotes a positive alternative for the weekend would be empowering.
Students who sometimes feel like the odd ball when peers are preparing to hang on the strip should be able to meet with other students who can relate. It could keep incoming freshman on the right path, and give focused students an alternative social option as well.
It is always better to progress collectively than alone, because there are positive influences and negative influences in college that can sway you.