By Shiane Jacocks |Staff Writer|
It seems that many students at CSUSB do not fit the typical college “party hard” stereotype.
Most students, when asked about college get-togethers, confessed they either don’t go to parties at all, or rarely go.
“I don’t go to parties often, but when I do it’s weekly. But I usually don’t go when I have midterms and finals,” said student Javier Lopez.
Some students seem to recognize the risks and dangers of partying too much.
The statistics of abusing drugs and alcohol seem to speak for themselves, and students can understand the toll they can have.
According to a study by Baer, Kivlahan, and Marlatt, “The college environment is an important factor to consider regarding students’ alcohol consumption because of previous research that has shown that students’—particularly men’s—drinking behaviors tend to increase from high school to college.”
Some types of social events students attend are sorority parties, kickbacks, or dorm parties.
Some students go to these events either because of peer pressure, stress, or because they are attempting to fit the norm of a college student.
“I go because it’s fun and it helps release stress. I know some people go because of pressure, though. Their friends kind of force them to go,” said student Zackhary Willhide James.
College can be stressful, whether it’s dealing with a job, finances, relationships, or school work. Going to gatherings can be a stress-reliever.
Parties can be fun because you meet new people, dance, and have a different persona.
But here at CSUSB, a majority of students try not to get caught up in the party atmosphere.
Most students, when asked if the parties they went to had drugs or alcohol, did not hesitate to say yes.
However, many mentioned that they did not stay until the end of the party, which usually ended around 2 a.m.
Overall, college students seem to recognize that they are in college for a reason.
The cost for tuition is too high to risk it all on one night of fun.
“I don’t really go that often because sometimes people can be too aggressive,” said student Maricela Alvarado.
“The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Academic Life” by fit.edu stated, “95 percent of all college campus violence is related to alcohol.”
Most students also know when it’s time to say no to hanging out with friends and hit the books.
Midterm and finals week are usually quiet times that give a sense college students are preparing to pass with high grades.
At late hours, I have found many students still studying in Pfau library.
They seem to be more interested in succeeding in classes, rather than when the next big party is.
It seems that students have other creative and interesting things to do rather than get wasted.
Some things students said that they do instead of party were exploring, going to the mall, movies, or events here at CSUSB.
Students at CSUSB seem to be beyond the hype of college students consumed by parties.