Buzzkill: Not knowing your limit

Walter Smith-Randolph

Every Friday and/or Monday morning, there is always that one kid who strolls into class looking like a hot mess. His hair is everywhere, he might be wearing the same clothes from last night and he probably did not wash his face before he rolled into your 11:30 a.m. class. You know exactly what I’m talking about – the guy who is dying for your attention and pretty much begging you to ask the question – the question of “What did you do last night?” He responds with his contrived answer: “Oh man, I got so messed up last night” or “I’m never ever drinking again.” Really? Because last week you said you were a tank. Please do not be this guy.

It’s a college campus, so no one is surprised that you went to a bar or an off campus party last night. It’s college; it happens. We have all seen “Animal House” and that dreadful show “Greek.” (Well, maybe that’s just me, since it’s on ABC Family.) The whole world does not need to know how cool you are because of how much you drank last night. You aren’t cool at all. We have all seen this before; we just shake our heads and roll our eyes because we don’t want to deal with you anymore.

For some reason, it seems as if the cool thing to do is what everyone else is doing. Since so many people claim to “blackout” and not remember what they did last night, then I guess I should do the same. However, I don’t see how throwing up on yourself or someone else is fun or having your parents called in the middle of the night because their dumb child decided to be VEM’d is cool. There are people who actually have medical emergencies who need to be taken care of. Consider them before you decide to drink so much. The volunteers at VEMS did not sign up to cart people back and forth to Bryn Mawr Hospital for intentionally making themselves sick. I’m not saying that everyone should stop drinking, but people should stop trying to be cool by drinking as much as they possibly can before they need medical attention.

Putting “bars,” “alcohol,” “drinking” or “liquor” in the interests section of your Facebook page does not impress anyone; it just makes you look like a fool. I’m sure your future employer would love to know that your interests include “drinking heavily.” No one is impressed that you’re doing what college students have been doing for decades. Making the Public Safety blotter just angers Public Safety. RAs are not there to ruin your Friday night; they’re actually nice people. They just don’t like it when you have 40 people in one room in the Quad. Eat, drink and be merry – in moderation.