I've always said that college was one of the best times in my life. First time leaving home and feeling independent, in charge of my own schedules, having my own office from my internship, getting my first apartment... there were so many good memories. Going to different parties or bars on the weekends was definitely one of them as well. Before my little sister started her first semester in college, I've shared with her my own partying experience and some advice that I would love to share on this blog, too.
I met my best friend from college in our sophomore year through a class, but we didn't start hanging out until we became juniors. It was the year I turned 21, and also when everything started. By the time I started to going out, my friends had already know everything: which bars/house parties are the best and which ones I should avoid, who are nice people and who I have to watch out. They've got all that figured out and were always taking care of me. I believe that's that biggest reason why I had such a great time going out on the weekends. I know that I was extremely lucky to have met such protective friends. However, if I had chosen to start partying earlier or in a different time, things would be completely different, and I might not be hanging out with the group of people as I did.
There was another reason I was glad that I didn't start going out earlier: my judgment. I feel like if I did go out when I first started college, I would make some poor decisions and regret them later. When I think back to myself during teenage years, I feel that I would be peer pressured or influenced by others much easier. However, when I was 21, I really passed that point. I don't care what people think of me if I don't something that everyone else is doing. I just want to have a great time with my friends.
If you ask me if I ever wanted to go out when I was underage, my answer was no. Honestly, during my first two years at college, I was not exposed to any party scene at all, so I didn't feel that I was missing out on everything. Of course, college is not all about going out on the weekends (we're all there to learn, right?). If this is not something that you like, don't force yourself to do it. There are also many fun things that you can be doing on the weekends. After all, it's not where you are or what you're doing, it's who you are with that makes a good memory.