I’ll probably do a few uni based posts now that Uni will be starting up or even beginning for some of you. This particular one is aimed specifically at people who don’t drink alcohol – or don’t drink very much, like me.
Fresher’s is always advertised as the time in your life where you’re going to get the most drunk, make the most friends (whilst drunk) and never be able to remember a second of it ever again. My Fresher’s week was absolutely nothing like that. I didn’t go out once – not to a club at least, I did go to the pub a few times which was more my style.
One of the things that was most nerve racking to me about starting uni was that I didn’t like to drink as much as other people do. Luckily I was put into halls with people who didn’t exactly go out every night either, but even if you are then you’ll be able to find ‘your people’ elsewhere.
I’m not going to lie, you probably will get the generic ‘don’t be boring’ comment once or twice if you don’t drink, but people will get over it eventually. Honestly if they can’t have fun sober, then they’re the boring ones. I’m in no way against people getting drunk and having fun during fresher’s week but I am entirely against people trying to force you to do something you don’t want to do.
So what can you do whilst they’re off throwing up in dodgy club toilets?
Join some societies that match your interests. One of my biggest regrets about uni was that I didn’t do this and therefore didn’t meet any like-minded people. You’ll be able to hang out with them in the afternoons and evenings. You will find SOMEBODY who doesn’t want to go out drinking every single day. Some of us just want to watch Disney films all night or have a quiet drink in the local, student pub. Maybe in the Student Union – but ours was pretty terrible.
At my Uni we had a Facebook group (unfortunately it was made the year AFTER I was a fresher) specifically for people to organise non-drinking events. Have a look around to see if your uni has one of them, or even create one yourself. If you’re worried about it then you need to realise that other people are too. There are always groups on Facebook for you to meet people in your halls or on your course, or even general ones for freshers. Post a message on there and find people who are the same. Do some sober bonding!
I did drink at uni, I’m not saying I didn’t. But I didn’t drink a lot. I didn’t ever get too drunk. I’ve had one hangover in my life and after that one I didn’t ever want one again, it was just messy and painful. Absolutely not worth putting myself through another.
Don’t forget as well that some people can’t actually physically drink alcohol. Whether it be to allergies or medication. I can’t drink it anymore since I got IBS – I can’t even drink fizzy drinks!
If you do enjoy a good drink then I hope you guys have the best fun too! But please don’t pressure people who don’t want to into it. There might be a bigger reason behind their choice than you think.
Uni is a great decision so don’t be scared for it! If anybody’s starting uni soon and needs some advice then feel free to send me a message on Twitter – @missviclb