The 8 Best Articles On The Internet For 20-Somethings This Week

Happy Sunday! Before you head back to work tomorrow, sit back and relax with our favorite reads from last week.

This weeks best articles for twenty-somethings are not just click-bait–the stories will surprise and motivate you, make you laugh and maybe even cry (tears of joy that you did not just get scammed $20,000 to attend a non-existent music festival). Whether this will turn out to be just another lesson in the realm of non-transparent influencer marketing or some sort of sick social experiment–lesson learned: we can’t trust everyone we follow on the internet.

On a totally different note, let’s pat our female activist friends on the back, because despite masochistic attempts to make us look like hot-messes at the bar, we clearly still have the better rally game. Girls are taking on the capital faster than you can say Rohypnol, so, thanks but no thanks DT: we’re not DTF. Lastly, check out some advice from serial savers and daters alike as we power through the end of Spring!


 

1. The 8 best pieces of saving advice from real people who banked a fortune on Business Insider

 

2. How to Break Up With Someone You’ve Never Actually Dated on MyDomaine

 

3. The Cult of Year-Round Iced Coffee Drinkers: an Exposé on Man Repeller

 

4. Amazon’s $200 Echo Look will judge your outfits on CNN

 

5. 11,000 Women Are Running For Office And We Have Donald Trump To Thank on Girlboss

 

6. Men Spike Women’s Drinks More Often Than You Think on Broadly

 

7. I Live In A Van. Here’s Why I Think It’s The Ultimate Life Hack on mindbodygreen

 

8. Rich millennials paid thousands for Ja Rule’s Fyre Fest and are now stranded on an island in disaster-relief tents on VICE News

10 Reasons Every 20-Something Needs To Get The New App “Who’s That”

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How many times have you gone to a bar with your friends and stood in a corner all night only talking to each other? The limit does not exist, I’m sure. Well, now there’s an app that wants you to change your squad’s anti-social ways.

“Who’s That” is an app where your group of friends can flip through pictures of other groups of friends and pick which ones you’d want to get drinks with. When you match with other groups, the app hooks you up with a night out at one of your favorite bars – first round on them. So whether you’re looking to meet dudes, make new friends, or be the best wingman/wing-woman ever for you friend(s), “Who’s That” is a must for every 20-something out there.

Here are 11 reasons you need to get “Who’s That” immede:

1. You can see everyone who’s going out this weekend and pick who you want to get drinks with. No more awkwardly going up to groups of dudes at the bar hoping they don’t have girlfriends and will give you the time of day. Everyone using this app is in the same boat as you.

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2. If you’re new to a city, you don’t have to join random sports teams to meet new people. No need to join a kickball team to meet boys when physical activity is something you MAYBE only do when you feel like going to the gym. You can do what you love AKA drink at the bar and actually meet normal people.

3. There are no friendless creeps on “Who’s That.” There could be friendless creeps on a kickball team. There could be (slash are) friendless creeps on Tinder. On “Who’s That,” everyone has friends. Like, real friends – not just Facebook friends – which is a good thing because TBH, you should never trust someone who doesn’t have friends IRL.

4. You can find out all the basic info you’d want to know about groups of friends without having to ask. Instead of wondering, “does this guy ACTUALLY have a job,” like you do on Tinder, “Who’s That” gives you the scoop on where they work and more. All the information is right there for you, and if you don’t like what you see, you don’t have to choose them!

5. It’s not awkward. Dating apps can be awkward because okay, you match with a dude… NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY? On “Who’s That,” you can skip the BS entirely and just pick a time and place to get drinks, leaving the small talk for your in-person meetup. It’s much easier to make plans when multiple people are involved and friendship (with the possibility of *romance*) is at stake.

6. There’s no endless swiping or meaningless conversation. How many of you have spent hours on Tinder or Hinge swiping left to pretty much everyone? And how many of you have conversed with people on those apps to have it lead to NOTHING? On “Who’s That,” you’re either going out with each other or you’re not going out with each other. And if you’re not going out with each other, you’re not going to choose each other. It’s all business, which is fantastic for your busy 20-something lifestyle.

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7. There’s a page on the app that shows you which groups are the most popular. You don’t have to guess who is cool and who isn’t cool. They treat their app like a website and want you to know who is trending. This is like online high school for adults, but with alcohol and fun, so the same as high school for most.

8. Free drinks. We already told you this, but we’ll tell you again. Every time you meet up with a group through the app, the first round is on them. FIREBALL SHOTS FOR ALL!

9. “Who’s That” works with the best of the best when it comes to bars. You don’t have to go to random places to get your free drinks. For instance, in Boston they work with your favorite bars – Brahmin, Scholar’s, Lucky’s, Good Life, and more. You were probably already planning on going to one of those places anyway. Now you can go with a round of free drinks and a designated group of cute dudes to talk to. YAS QUEEN.

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10. They plan your night for you. Planning is the worst – especially when it comes to hanging out in groups… and especially when it comes to hanging out with other groups. “Who’s That” puts in the reservation at the bar for you and has your free drinks ready for you when you get there. A great night out with literally zero effort is a definite when it comes to “Who’s That.“

This app is pretty much the only thing that has been missing in every 20-something’s life. What are you waiting for? Get it now!

Weddings: Where To Save & Where To Splurge

Weddings can get EXPENSIVE. Between flowers, food, and entertainment – you’re putting down a lot of money for your special day. As a wedding coordinator, I see what looks high-end and what comes across as cheap. There are ways of saving money, but there are some things that you should splurge on as well.

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Dress: SPLURGE. Your dress is what makes the event. Let’s face it, there is one moment your guests are looking forward to when going to your wedding (besides hitting the open bar) and that’s seeing you in your dress. I’m not saying spend $20,000 on a couture dress made in Paris, but be willing to put down some extra dollars in towards a dress that will flatter you. Sure you will only wear it once, but then again, your wedding is only something that happens once.

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Favors: SAVE. Your guests aren’t coming for the favors. They are coming to be a part of your special ceremony and celebration. You can find some really cute favors online that are inexpensive. And in all honesty, most people don’t keep your favors. I recommend getting something useful or edible.

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Paper Products: SAVE. These products are going to be thrown away. Of course you want them to look presentable, but you don’t need to pay $4 a piece for someone to make each invitation by hand. A great way to save on paper products is going online. You can pay one price to download designs, then you can customize and print yourself. And don’t waste money printing a program for every single guest. Most people don’t bother grabbing one because they don’t want to be stuck carrying around all night, and if they do grab one, it eventually makes it into the trash.

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Photography: SPLURGE. Photos are going to be one of the only things that last from your wedding. Do your research. Make sure you ask around from friends or even bridal consultants about good photographers. Also make sure you look at their work. Photography is what I tell people is the number one thing to spend your money on. Your photos last forever and you want to make sure everyone looks fabulous and every good moment is remembered and resembled beautifully.

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Entertainment: DEPENDS. There are all sorts of entertainment you can provide for your guests. DJs and Musicians are the most common. If your guests are the type to get out and dance, then you may want to invest in a good DJ for them. If they are more of the type that stand around and converse, maybe save your money and get someone who doesn’t charge as much. Photo booths are really popular right now. You can either hire a company to host it, or set up an iPad and create your own! Either way is really fun for your guests. Entertainment all depends on the type of crowd. I say if your budget has enough cushion to invest, go for it. But if you’d rather put that money into something else, it’s not going to kill your night.

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Food: SAVE. Food can become a very expensive factor in your wedding, especially if you are having a rather larger group of guests. There are so many different ways of presenting dinner to your guests. Instead of having a plated meal, you can save your money and set up a buffet instead. You can also opt for the chicken rather than beef. If your venue allows it, and you have people that cook well, you could even have someone you know prepare the food. As long as the food doesn’t make everyone sick or disgusted, people are happy to eat for free.

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Cake: SAVE. Cake is cake. Sure, you want something pleasant but it’s not something so significant that you need Buddy from Cake Boss to design it (although I LOVE his work). Find something within your budget that tastes and looks good. This is something I would ask around and research as well. Baking is a popular hobby these days as well. You may have a friend that will do your cake for a good price or maybe even as a present!

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Hair & Makeup: SAVE. I’m sure at least one of your bridesmaids is good at makeup or hair. If not, someone else that you know that you could have make you look beautiful for a decent price. Or maybe you can do it yourself! If you’d rather have it done by a professional, tell them you are going to a special event rather than your wedding. When they hear the word, “wedding”, the price tends to go up!

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Venue: SPLURGE. You only get married once (hopefully). Why not get married where you want? You will want to have your memories in a beautiful place that makes you happy. And it will also provide for photos that you are happy. Make sure you do your research on venues and go see them in person before you book your date.

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Bar: SAVE. If your guests want to get drunk, they will get drunk no matter who pays. There are some venues that allow you to bring your own alcohol and you just pay for the bartender services. Otherwise, keep a low budget on the bar. I would say provide enough for each guest to have 1-2 drinks each and keep that at the limit. Alcohol is expensive and you don’t want everyone to get sloppy on your special day, unless you do. Then c’est la vie.

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Flowers: DEPENDS. Most of the time you will want the bouquets to be real, but the decor can be very costly. Every look and ambiance of every wedding is different. If you are having a spring wedding with light, airy colors, then flowers can be the perfect addition and will be worth the expense. However, if you’re having a wedding in the fall, you may want to go with silk floral instead. Keep in mind that flowers are seasonal, and do your research! If you want a flower that is out of season, the price will go up.

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Linens: SAVE. Because who remembers table cloths and napkins at a wedding? Get solid color linens in colors that go with your wedding and leave it at that.

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Decor: SAVE. DIY the crap out of your wedding. Why spend $200 on Etsy for a centerpiece for ONE table when you can spend $20 and make it yourself. DIY also makes your wedding more personal and your guests will love that!

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Honeymoon: SPLURGE. You’re going on vacation! And it’s your first vacation as a married couple. Don’t feel bad about spending money on this trip! It’s one to remember!

84 Thoughts Single Women Have At Weddings

1. I wonder if it’s weird that I’m showing up by myself.

2. I hope people don’t think I’m pathetic.

3. I’ll just find people I know to hang out with.

4. It’s not my fault I can’t find anyone decent to date.

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5. Hey, who knows? Maybe I’ll meet the one at this wedding!

6. Hahaha. But seriously, you never know.

7. But this isn’t my day, I’m going to focus on the happy couple.

8. Wow, she’s beautiful.

9. I hope one day that’s me.

10. Where should I put this gift?

11. Wow that’s a lot of gifts…

12. I want gifts!

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13. But that requires a wedding.

14. …which requires a man.

15. I want a husband!

16.UGH.

17. Oh cocktail hour, let me get a few in me before I mingle and meet everyone’s significant others.

18. I look so pathetic.

19. Maybe they see me as independent.

20. IT’S NOT MY FAULT.

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21. Maybe I can mingle my way to a single man.

22.Any contenders???

23. He’s kind of cu – just kidding, taken.

24. Well he’s not bad….oh yes, yes he is bad.

25. I need to stop.

26. Friends! I need to go group with them!

27. I really hope I’m seated at the same table.

28. It’s going to be really awkward by myself at a table with strangers.

29. Are you kidding me? I don’t know a single person at this table? Why would they think to sit me here?

30. This is super awkward.

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31. Def needing this next glass of wine.

32. I wonder what glass I’m on?

33. Whoops…

34. Is that an empty seat at their table? I wonder if I could just move there…

35. They’re calling me over! Is it rude to move though?

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36. Whatever, its stay and be awkward or move and enjoy the night!

37. Here come the bride and groom! Time to get the night started!

38. Yay food!

39. I kind of need more wine…

40. Thank God here’s the waiter.

41. Oh here we go. Toasts.

42. We get to hear all their history.

43. I wonder what the history will be of me and my husband…

44. Maybe meeting at this wedding?

45. Oh great yep. Let’s call out all the single girls.

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46. Cause it’s not obvious enough we’re here alone.

47. Let’s make us look PATHETIC together fighting over some stupid flowers.

48. I’m just going to sit this out.

49. Apparently I’m not. Thank you to my douchebag friends I chose to sit with for calling me out.

50. I feel like a zoo animal.

51. A zoo animal desperate for a man.

52. It’s over! Run for my chair!

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53. Cake cutting. Why is this even a tradition?

54. It gets so messy!

55. And no one even eats the cake.

56. Really it’s a sign that I can leave now.

57. But open bar.

58. Oh yeah….my glass is empty. Let’s fix that.

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59. Dance time!

60. I’m feeling better now that I’m a bit tipsy.

61. Who am I kidding I’m drunk.

62. ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!!! OH OH OHHHH

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63. Alright, this night is fun.

64. The Wobble! Yeeeah I’m so sexy shakin it out here!

65. Who wouldn’t want this?

66. Hot single guys come find me.

67. Okay it’s getting late.

68. I’m tired.

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69. I can’t party like I used to.

70. What time is it anyway?

71. 10:00????

72. I guess this is adult life *sigh*

73. I’m way too drunk to drive home.

74. How pathetic would it be to grab an Uber?

75. Whatever, I’ve looked pathetic all night.

76. Saying goodbye to everyone is so awkward.

77. Maybe I should just slip out.

78. No I should at least say goodbye to the bride and groom.

79. Okay I can leave.

80. Phew, one more wedding down.

81. Wow I’m so trashed.

82. I need to sit.

83. I hope I can get up when my Uber gets here.

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84.Yes, Steve in the Silver Prius, I’m coming.

 


 

 

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A Love Letter To Wine

Dear Wine,

Thank you –

For always being there for me.

For being the decent ending to a rough Monday.

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For helping me get a good night’s sleep.

For making me feel classy.

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For accompanying me on Netflix dates.

For mending my broken hearts (temporarily).

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For releasing my anxiety.

For letting me feel fancy while I hold you in a glass and carry grown up conversation.

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For getting me drunk but not TOO drunk.

And for getting me TOO drunk when necessary.

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For giving me fun Saturday evenings.

For being “good for my health.”

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For making me happy.

For giving me so many options.

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For giving me cool Pinterest projects when I finish a bottle.

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For tasting so good.

For being the best accessory to my bubble bath

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For making me feel so well-traveled.

For making great girls nights.

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For being so comforting.

For making dates better, or tolerable.

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For never making me cry or puke (unlike Tequila).

For being available where liquor is not.

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For not being as expensive as liquor.

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For never making me feel like a hot mess.

You are the best friend a girl could ask for,

Your BFF, me

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The 10 Commandments of College

1. Thou shall hook up. It’s exciting being in a brand new world full of strangers. You don’t know anyone and no one knows you. No one knows your past and you don’t know (or care) about anyone else’s. You have a wide variety of prospective hook ups and the possibilities are endless each year, since everyone is constantly drunk and always looking for the same thing. You will make out and more with many people drunkenly and – at least once – soberly (one would hope). However, if you are looking for a BF and/or GF, proceed with caution. Everyone wants to f*ck… just not with feelings.

2. Thou shall black out. You will drink on weeknights and miss class the next morning. You will do a keg stand and/or funnel a beer (or hard liquor – why not?) at least once. You will master the ‘boot and rally,’ meaning you will throw up Friday night around 1am and continue drinking thereafter. You will day drink like a champ while posing for pictures in broad daylight in someone’s big off-campus backyard (whether you know the people who live there or not). You will wake up each morning with a splitting headache and look to bagels for hangover support. You will have a fridge stocked with more booze than food – and you will have an ode to your empty’s somewhere in your kitchen/dorm room that you will hide when your parents visit. You will swan dive off tables, make out with strangers, make out with friends, call an ex until they answer or you pass out, and more… and obv you ‘won’t remember any of it’ the next morning, so it’s okay.

3. Thou shall try too hard. Going to a new place where you don’t know anyone is always a thrill. You need to make friends unless you’re perfectly fine with being a loner, so you must take action. You will act like someone you are not just because you want people to like you. You will act happy all the time even when you’re homesick, tired, or angry just because you don’t want anyone to think you’re lame and/or mean. You will befriend too many people and have too many numbers in your phone to keep track of. You will try too hard to hook up with people and fail… or you will succeed, and feel like an idiot the next day because you said some pretty stupid things (at the bar and in bed). You will try way too hard to dress up for the dive bar you’re going to (heels. aren’t. necessary). And eventually you will stop trying because you’ll feel ‘comfortable’ at school… but to all those you hooked up with, talked to online (before and after orientation), texted on occasion, etc… you’ll still feel awkward when you see them. It never ends.

4. Thou shall procrastinate. You will write and finish papers an hour before they are due. You will go out with friends instead of studying for tests. You will choose the gym over large lectures where your absence goes unnoticed. You will get assigned things weeks in advance and completely forget about them until the professor is asking for your papers/projects the day they are due. You will become a professional in making excuses and will be able to hand in things late and take tests days later without being penalized. You will somehow graduate and be like how the eff did that happen?

5. Thou shall be sick all the time. Whether the sickness is due to excessive alcohol use or due to your immune system collapsing, which it will, you will always be sick. You will get sick from partying… and then get sick from the lack of sleep you’re getting. You will throw up in stranger’s toilets at random parties. You will throw up in a dorm bathroom where people on your floor will be like ‘WTF, that’s gross. who’s the alc?‘ Your stomach will protest against all the gross dining hall food you eat or the sh*t you get delivered when drunk constantly. You will have a cold every day due to lack of sleep. You will take nyquil and dayquil on a daily basis. You will catch anything being passed around campus. You will frequent the health center and not realize how great that place was until you graduate and have to start paying ‘co-payments’ at the real doctor’s office. Nearing the end, you will forget what it’s like not be sick and get antsy when you feel… healthy.

6. Thou shall gain weight. To enter college is to enter a world of non stop food and drinks. Most of which will be bad for you because bad food and drinks are both cheap and good… and those are your only requirements in things as a student. Because of this, you will gain at least 10 pounds and after, your weight will fluctuate like a mother f*cker. You will be amazed at the sight of the ‘free’ food at the dining hall and eat everything (even thought it’s not really free, but you don’t have to pay for it before or after you eat so whatever). However, after sophomore year, you will cringe at the thought of a dining hall and start working out ‘hcore.’ But you will continue to drink beer and liquor on the reg so your gym time won’t matter. You will still feel gross and complain about it all the time, but you won’t do anything to stop your sh*tty health habits because of FOMO (fear of missing out) and the drunk munchies.

7. Thou shall leave your comfort zone. You will leave comfort once you step foot on your college campus, whether you live there or not… or whether your 10 best friends are standing by your side or not. You’re not in high school anymore. It’s the big leagues and you will act accordingly. You will head to parties and get offered to do things you’ve never done before like taking shots, funneling beers, doing drugs, and/or having group sex (you never know)… and you will try one or more of these things to only find out there is more to life than the one you knew before. You will study abroad and/or live in a new place for a semester or for a summer. And you will realize you want to do something different with the rest of your life… or live somewhere different for the rest of your life… or just, like, a year. You will go on Spring Break and realize that some of what you see on TV is in fact reality. You will try new things every single day and in return, figure out who you really are. And yes, I do mean you will ‘find yourself.’

8. Thou shall feel awkward. You will have class with people you’ve hooked up, but have never spoken to. You will hook up with someone, give them your number, and forget their name so when/if they call/text you, you will do everything in your power to stealthily figure out their name without asking. You will be sexiled… or you will not be sexiled and wake up to weird noises coming from the bed next to you. You will be stuck in an elevator with ex-friends. You will pass by ex-hookups in the hallway, at the dining hall, or at the bar on a regular basis. You will be friends with people on Facebook that you don’t actually know, and not know if you should say hi to them in public when they’re standing, like, right next to you.  You will basically feel awkward until you graduate and leave town because after that, you are more in control of who you see from college and when.

9. Thou shall not sleep. You will be busier than anyone in the whole entire world. You will take classes, you will party, you will work, you will party, you will write papers, you will party, and … you will party. Like, when are you supposed to have time sleep? Never. You will constantly find yourself waking up after 2 to 4 hours of sleep in your clothes from the night before (shoes included if your night was awesome). You will stay up late (sometimes all night) writing papers and studying because you, like, had to take a 2 hour break to go to late night at the dining hall or you had to watch a TV show with everyone on the couch. You will have a night where you will you actually try to get a decent amount of sleep, but plans will fail when the fire alarm goes off 1 or 2 times between the hours of 2am and 6am. You will for some reason rarely be tired despite all of this and not crash until after you graduate… and when that happens, you will crash hard. Believe me.

10. Thou shall mature. By graduation, you will mature… even if it’s by the tiniest bit AKA you will stop laughing at the word ‘penis’ or you will start cleaning up after yourself. You will realize who your friends are and you will stop mass texting 3/4ths of your class asking what’s going on this weekend. You will learn to cook – even if it’s just Kraft Mac or scrambled eggs – and you will cook on occasion. You will be able to black out in style… For example, you won’t throw up on someone’s carpet anymore but instead in a toilet. Your FOMO will be not be as high and you will be able to stay in and write a paper on a Wednesday. You won’t care about going to the party that ‘everyone‘ is going to anymore. As time passes, it will eventually be awkward to party with those guys and girls you know of but don’t actually know. Sure you’ll want to get ‘f*cked up’ and go to the party or bar ‘everyone‘ is at later, but you will rather spend quality time with your friends. And by quality time I mean playing drinking games in the living room or drinking around a fire in the backyard. After you graduate, you won’t be prepared for the real world at all… but you’ll be better off than you were as a freshman. You will at least have that going for you.