The Pragmatic Partier

neon_party_timeOne of the first things I noticed at Western was that people like to party. A lot. Mind you, not everyone participates in the drinking and debauchery that accompanies the weekend, but at least in my opinion, it seems that many students would rather spend the night on Richmond Row.

I keep telling myself that I will always reserve judgment whenever I hear conversations about weekend exploits. After all, it’s none of my business what others do with their time. If someone wants to spend hundreds of dollars on alcohol per year, so be it. It’s not my life, so why should I care? The problem is, I do care. I feel frustrated, disappointed, even mildly exasperated that all people worry about is how much or what kind of alcohol to purchase for their weekly parties. And yes, in case you haven’t noticed, I am your typical Debbie Downer/party pooper who loves to rain on everyone’s parade. Don’t get me wrong, I like to kick back and relax every once in a while too, but there’s only so much that one can handle. We’re not invincible, no matter how much we like to think we are.

At the risk of sounding like my mom, I’ll now refrain from ranting about partying habits. Promise. And if you’re still reading this, I applaud you (insert clapping emoji here). However, I would like to offer you one last thought.

Foresight is a beautiful gift. Why? It allows us to ponder how our current actions affect future events. You might be wondering how university parties fit into all of this. Well, when students are looking to have a good time, nine times out of ten, they are most likely seeking instant gratification. Not many people think about work or school when they get drunk. The problem: partying itself is only a short-term phenomenon. We honestly can’t expect to live a fulfilling life when we’re drinking ourselves to death every weekend. Whenever I’m tempted to stray from my academic and career goals, I always take the time to ask myself: will my actions in the next few minutes have a negative or positive impact on my future? Never underestimate the power of foresight, because it will help guide you in the right direction.

The bottom line: always choose your parties wisely. Have a good time, but be smart about it.


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