By Nikki Darling, TSB Staff
With college comes some of the most exciting and nerve-racking changes we young folk have ever experienced. Tiny dorm rooms, classes of 150 students … or more, long walks across campus to get to class in 10 minutes; those are the easy ones.
The challenging changes come with starting new in an environment in which no one knows who you are. You have to create an identity for yourself, a persona, how you want people to view you. Some deal with this better than others and some come out on top, while some sink with the pressure to be like “everyone else” — the stereotypical college student.
The stereotypical college student comes with stereotypical habits: the most common associated with college? Drinking. Whether they are underage freshmen or 23-year-old seniors, drinking and college appear to go hand it hand. But why is it that, because I am a college student, people think that I drink?
“I think it is because, for the first time for most of the students are independent,” said local UNT student Sarah Wilson. They don’t have parents telling them what they can and cannot do and so they chance it by living on the wild side for the first time in their life, and this unfortunately can lead to drinking.
But whether the student is making straight A’s or whether they are failing every class, the assumption is that they drink. From experience I can honestly say that the infectious drinking need has not taken the entirety of the college campus. There are those who don’t drink, there are those who do.
Teen Vogue recently published an article about the dangers of drinking and why it is young adults feel compelled to drink, even if they are underage.
“In party situations, where the pressure to drink may be strong, Hartstein suggests that you simply pretend: Fill a glass with seltzer and a lime so it looks like a drink. Sometimes, acting silly or seemingly intoxicated will keep others from giving you more alcohol,” the article says.
The reason is right there. The proof is in the pudding. The parties, the drinking — people do it to fit in. It has become such a large stigma related to college and university life that specialists are actually encouraging young partygoers to “fake” being drunk. In order to fit in and make friends, the trend now is to be someone that you are not, and it is disappointing that a magazine with such credibility and power in society is promoting this idea.
It is unfortunate that there is such an extensive pressure to drink that even underage students feel the need to show up and at least act drunk to simply associate and make friends.
There is a time and there is a place at which drinking is appropriate, but when its reputation takes over that of what college is supposed to be about, there is an issue at hand. College is about continued education, perfecting your craft, growing up and not about drinking. There is much more fun to be had at college that doesn’t involve drinking.
To read the rest of the article from Teen Vogue please click here: http://www.teenvogue.com/connect/2012/06/social-drinking
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