Your First College Party: Expectations vs. Reality

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No one can deny that having a social life is a huge part of the college experience. If you go to a large state school, parties might come in the form of fraternity ragers, and if you go to a smaller liberal arts college maybe they’re a tad smaller and more sophisticated. Either way everyone has expectations about college parties – the girls are expecting mature college men while the guys are ready for sexy college women. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Hollywood has lied to you my friend. Combining immaturity, hormones, loud music and alcohol does not make a pretty picture. Whether you’re out every night of the week or you’ve only braved nightlife once it’s a sad reality we all discover eventually about college parties.
 
Expectation
 
 
The party will be in an elaborate fraternity house or apartment.
 
Reality
 
 
You find yourself in the dirtiest and darkest basement fearing for your life.
 
 
Expectation
 
 
You will breeze through the doors with your friends.
 
Reality
 
You will be told the party is capped and have to pay to get in.
 
Expectation
 
The refreshments will be plentiful and delicious.
 
 
Reality
 
 
You find yourself drinking a strange purple liquid out of a plastic cup.
 
 
Expectation
 
You will receive a ton of attention because of how hot you look.
 
Reality
 
 
The only people who talk to you are the people you came with.
 
Expectation
 
You will dance the night away to amazing music.
 
Reality
 
You quickly realize people dance a little differently in college.
 
Expectation
 
You will flirt with the hottest person at the party.
 
Reality
 
You try to flirt with the hottest person at the party.
 
Expectation
 
You will meet your future girlfriend/ boyfriend.
 
Reality
 
You hook up with a random person and struggle to remember his or her name the next day.
 
Expectation
 
 
You swear next time will be better.
 
Reality
 
You wind up back the next weekend because you are no quitter.

Paulina is a Junior at Temple University studying Journalism and Sociology. She loves anything from pop culture to inspirational quotes and hopes to one day call The Big Apple home.

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