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Finding a Balance: College Partying

Categories: College Life

Independence is a huge part of going to college. You are now in charge of your own spending, studying, and socializing. It’s no secret that college parties are notorious for being rowdy. With your new freedom as a college student, it is your responsibility to find a balance between a crazy social life and academic performance. Here are some pros and cons to college partying, along with some pointers on finding a balance for yourself.


You will meet a lot of fun, interesting people at college parties. Whether it is a house party or a Greek event, parties are easy ways to introduce yourself to many students in a short amount of time.

Parties are fun! They are excellent ways to blow off steam and stress from classes during the week. It is important to take a break from homework to hang out with friends and go a little wild!


Partying can often mean underage drinking. This is definitely an aspect of college culture you will have to be careful navigating. Underage drinking not only could hurt your reputation, it could cost you a lot of money if you get ticketed for it by the police.

Going out every night of the week can lead to a bad habit of sleeping through early morning classes. In addition, replacing homework with parties may be fun in the moment, but won’t be fun when your grades slip and you have to play catch up.

Find a Balance

First and foremost, know yourself and your limits. Even if everyone else on campus is partying seven nights of the week, pick your own days to go out and your own days to stay in.

If big parties aren’t your cup of tea, or you get sick of attending the same fiestas all the time, there are certainly other ways to branch out and meet people. Use your extracurricular activities as socializing tools – after all, these are people you know share your interests! If you play intramural soccer, suggest a gathering with teammates that doesn’t involve a soccer field.

Scope out the week ahead every Sunday night. Are there events coming up you don’t want to miss? Get your work done beforehand so you are rearing to go come those nights.

Remember: you are paying for your classes, so don’t flush that money down the drain! Socializing is important, but so is graduating.

Be in the know! Here is Cappex’s list of the top 20 biggest party colleges in the nation.

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20 Biggest Party Colleges

Why do students go to college?  Well, to learn, of course! To study! To become masters of a field! To pontificate on the arts and sciences! To envelop themselves in the canon of the brilliant men and women who came before them! Oh. And to party.

For better or worse, college has most definitely become an invitation to a four-year fiesta. From bars to house parties and Greek shindigs to crazy dorms, there are always things to do on campus–not that that’s an excuse to overdo it–but you’d be surprised by how many students have the ability to rationalize going out 7 nights a week. Let us state here, spending your entire college career in a haze between parties isn’t the best way to spend your tuition. So if you’re less of a party animal, and more of study creature, you might want to avoid the list of colleges below, because according to the Princeton Review, these are 2012′s top twenty party colleges:

1. Ohio University Athens
Athens, Ohio

2. University of Georgia
Location: Athens, Georgia

3. University of Mississippi
Location: University, Mississippi

4 . University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa

5. University of California – Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, California

6. West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

7. Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

8. Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

9. University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

10. University of Texas – Austin
 Austin, Texas

11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois

12. Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

13. Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

14. University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

15. DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana

16. Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

17. Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

18. University of Maryland 
College Park, Maryland

19. University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

20. University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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