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An Alternative for Drinking

If you’re looking to improve your health or are looking for a way to enjoy yourself without any alcohol, here are some sober activities you can do.  

By Maria Elena Robles

Colleges have so much to offer! There’s the courses, food, and professors who care about your education. And did I forget anything? Oh yeah, wild parties! Going to a community college, I can’t say I’ve ever been to a college party, though I have heard the baseball players party as hard as they practice.

My friends have gone to a few parties. Some just chilled and socially drank with friends and others have admitted to binge drinking (under the age of 21).

According to the national surveys of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.

There are many facts and statistics that warn students about the consequences of binge drinking but of course it goes through one ear and out the other.

To celebrate a special occasion or hang out with family and friends you can:

·      Go to the park where the kids can play and adults can fish or talk

·      Watch a movie or theatrical play

·      Do some physical activities such as running, hiking, swimming, dancing, etc.

·      Enjoy a day at the beach

I turned 21 in early June of this year and had an awesome time with my friends and family without any alcohol. My birthday was on a Monday, so I had all weekend to celebrate. I went to Atlantic City, NJ with friends. We enjoyed lunch at an Italian restaurant, walked along the boardwalk, and soaked up some sun on the beach. The next day I visited family and had to work later that night. On Monday, my brother came from New Brunswick to celebrate my birthday with the family, and I was gifted with a pair of new running sneakers.

 I’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, if you can even say it’s alcoholic. It was Pina Colada with a little splash of Bacardi. I wasn’t tipsy; I didn’t even taste the Bacardi at all. I really don’t have a desire to drink in general. Honestly, I’d rather be active and be healthy than take shots.

Maybe to others sober activities can be pretty boring, but to celebrate your 21st birthday or graduation you don’t have to drink or inhale anything. Just try something different!


Get Involved on Campus and Make Some Friends

Going to college is far more than just the academic experience. It’s also a time to grow into an adult, learn how to balance your schoolwork and social activities, dicover more about who you really are, and meet new friends.

Sometimes this can be a scary thing to do because you have known all of your high school friends for four years or more, depending on how long you lived in your school district. But making new friends, who resonate with your personality, will make college a much more wonderful and fun experience.

Start talking to the people in your classes. Join clubs, a sport team, or a organization on campus that you are interested in. Then you’ll meet other people with the same interests as you.

When I was in college, I met a lot of my friends from my cheerleading team. And then I made friends with the friends they were meeting. I’m still very close with my college friends.

Everyone goes to college not knowing what their journey is going to be like. Linking up with like-minded people will give your journey the full college experience.

What is your life purpose?

If you are like most adult students, you feel stressed out trying to
figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Principal #1, from the Dare to Dream Big audio, is extremely helpful
in putting your worries to ease. Once you figure out your life
purpose, your path gets clearer and you are able to walk
confidently down the path towards the career of your dreams.

Download your own personal life purpose journal to get started.

Use each page to jot down your thoughts on the
following questions, and then use the last page to write out your
life purpose statement.

1. What’s something you do in which time goes by quickly (without
you even checking the time)?

2. If you had all of the money in the world, what would you do?

3. What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun? Don’t
just think about now, but also think about when you were a child.

4. What do you like about your hobbies? What is the feeling you get
when you’re engaged in them?

5. Think about a time you felt closest to your core (your true
self). Describe it. What did it feel like? What were you doing?

6. If you had a week to live, how would you spend it?If you take the
time to answer these questions—and you are really honest!—you’ll be
surprised how easy career planning can be. You may “see” the answer
is right in front of you.

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