Last night was the Oscars. My sister and I suited up in our best dresses and head to an Oscar Watch Party hosted by some organizations at our school. The event was full of formal attire, fancy finger foods, and a real red carpet! Tate and I enjoyed the fun of it all. We even had our picture taken by the university photographer. What was the best part of the night? We were completely sober and it was completely free.
All too many people get into college wanting the full cliché “college experience.” Drunken parties, sleeping with strangers, and possibly even drugs all appeal to them. Each of these are extremely dangerous. I’m here to tell you that it’s totally possible to have fun in college without drinking.
Multiple organizations host events on campus every week that are free to students! One of the biggest on-campus organizations hosts a movie night every week with free popcorn. Most sporting events are free with a student ID card. Special themed events are always common.
For Valentine’s Day alone there were four events to go to. A dormitory was hosting a dance, the international students were hosting a masquerade, there was a movie playing, and there was a basketball game that night. Every event was free!
Let’s face it. I know that at some point one of us is going to go to some party or get into some kind of stick situation. When this happens, how you handle it can stay with you the rest of your life. Even if you’re not doing anything bad, appearance is everything.
What you post on social media sites will stay with you for a very long time.
Pictures of you on the Internet doing questionable things could be brought up during your next job interview. Emotional statuses can disqualify you for a job. Hateful posts on social media could even cost you your scholarship.
Ladies, live by the rule of not doing anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to hear about. If you don’t want anyone to find out, don’t do it.
If you do end up doing something questionable, cover your tracks. Ask friends to delete pictures of you. Don’t post crazy things onto your Facebook or Twitter. Once you put it out there, it’s open for anyone to see. Employers lately have been known to have your Facebook profile pulled up on their computer screen while they’re interviewing you.
Censor your social media yourself. Monitor what you post and what it says about you.
Be fierce and make your social media work!