Congrats, guys. Everything you worked for all year long is only a few days away. All those late nights and embarrassing moments were just a precursor to the insanity that is about to go down on Saturday. But just because this is a day to act like an animal, you can’t forget that we are indeed human and aren’t immune to injury and trouble. Maybe it’s your first time participating in Collegefest, or maybe you’ve gotten a bit cocky throughout the years and need a few refreshers. Either way, this Collegefest survival guide should be of great use to you.
Your day is sure to end quickly if you drink on an empty stomach.
Pack a bag
Drawstring bags, backpacks, shoulder bags or totes all work.
- Your ID
- Beverages and red cups
- Hand sanitizer
- Tissues or travel roll of TP (you’ll never find a bathroom with toilet paper!)
- A few bucks (for a cab or food)
Right now we’re looking at temperatures under 50 and a 40 percent chance of rain. Unfortunately, that means a hat, hoodie or jacket, jeans and no flip-flops. Don’t be that shirtless guy or the girl trying to rock a dress- you’ll look silly and freeze!
Don’t underestimate the term “party all day.” To get the most out of your day, head over no later than noon. However, if you want to start even earlier, you surely won’t be alone.
Starting early doesn’t have to mean ending early. Be smart so you can enjoy long hours of festivities instead of passing out at 2 PM! Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had by sticking bottle caps in or can tabs in your pocket - avoid the shameful Sharpie tally on your hand, though.
Be respectful of the houses
Believe it or not, these party destinations are where people eat, sleep, and go about their daily business. Chances are you may not even know the people that live in the house, so don’t be rude.
Vomit outside, don’t take or break anything, and listen to the residents if they ask you to leave or calm down.
Stay away from roofs
Though dancing on a roof might be awesome at the time, looking back at the pictures will make you mortified. For proof, drive down College Street during the day and check out how old and crumbly those roofs are. Add 30 jumping, fist pumping people to the mix and...you get it.
Stay away from cops
We’ve all seen those epic profile pictures of someone posing at Collegefest with a cop. Those are more stupid than legendary. Alcohol may give you an indestructible feeling but getting cuffed in front of hundreds of party-goers does not.
Stay away from your ex
Your ex boyfriend, your ex girlfriend, your ex best friend, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to see everyone on that day, but going up to them is just going to start drunken drama.
Don’t start a fight
Fights are useless and are only going to attract police and ruin it for everyone. Alpha males and aggressive females, just relax and enjoy the parties.
Plan your travel route ahead of time
The obvious plan is to avoid driving at all costs, as well as walking alone. Talk about it with your friends beforehand so you’re not scrambling on Saturday.
Don’t start a fire
Somewhere along the line, burning things became proof of a good time. Remember, uncontained bonfires are illegal and if you burn your couch, your guests will have nowhere to sleep.
Don’t be the buzz kill
There’s always that one friend in the group that gets drunk and cries or disappears. Don’t bring your friends down or make them have to send out a search party, because you wouldn’t want them to ruin your day either.
At the end of the day, if you manage to keep your good judgment while still having fun, the day will be wildly successful. But don’t take it from me - the residents of College Street have the best insight for party tips.