The topic of college drinking was brought up recently and itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s something I do know a little about because I did quite a bit of it in my college years. I do feel for parents having to send their children off to college with the realization there is a good chance they will drink and possibly to a dangerous point. Is there anything anyone can do about it?
Thinking of this from the perspective of someone who at times drank too much in college, survived and even eventually graduated IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m really not sure there is much anyone can do, at least from the collegeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s end. If there is one thing I know, the more you try to keep your children from doing something the more likely they will find a way to do it.
The real question is though: is this the collegeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s responsibility? Should there be more consequences and should they take more of an active role in keeping this under control?
When I was in college the majority of the drinking I did was off campus but I know some campuses are really lenient. I remember visiting a college in Miami and being shocked they handed me the 30 pack of beer to carry into the dorm.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I certainly didn’t look 21 and I didn’t look like I belonged at the college either.
It was tough to get away with drinking on campus at my college and you had to really sneak around. There were even a few times I was almost caught and I canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t tell you how many times I tried to casually walk through the main lobby of my dorm desperately trying to look as not drunk as possible.
At my college though if you were underage and wanted to drink you went off campus. Mind you, going off campus instead of being busted by an RA you could be busted by a cop instead. It was all really just a game: get as drunk as you can without being caught. Fight the man :rock:
I wish I hadnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t gone so crazy my freshman year though, maybe I wouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have gotten a 1.8 and had to make up for it the rest of my college career. I guess itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s all about screwing up and learning from it. I just wish I hadnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t mixed beer and liquor those couple timesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦that was not fun :doh: