By: Geoff Smith
Quick- what’s the best way to get school spirit injected into your campus? What can you do to make everyone, and I mean everyone, come out and get drunk for the good of the cause? If you answered anything other than Homecoming (outside of national championship games), you are WRONG. No, but seriously, as October starts to push its way through, Homecomings around the country are ready to get started. A four-day excuse to binge drink and hit on 30 year-old alumni, Homecoming is the epitome of what it means to be in college.
From the alumni parties the night before, to tailgating the morning of, to the epic after party (hopefully celebrating a victory) at your local watering hole, everything about Homecoming weekend is epic.
Even if you do not make it to the actual game (hey, sometimes the parking lot is more fun), make sure that you live this Homecoming weekend up right. If it is your first time, I’d suggest you tell your liver in advance, and if this is your second or third go around, make sure you drink/eat more than you did last year.
However, there are a few things that we have to remember. So, with Homecoming weekend about to kick off here at Hofstra (I’m on my way to the party after this), here are some helpful reminders from yours truly at The Campus Socialite.
1. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: “Beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you are in the clear.” Now, there are clearly exceptions to said rule, but as a general rule of thumb, you always want to remember this. Chances are you are going to be consuming mass amounts of liquid refreshment for hours, so make sure you don’t put yourself behind the eight ball at 12 in the afternoon.
2. Eat, eat, eat. All over Homecoming weekend, there are people that are grilling up burgers and hot dogs, chicken or ribs. If you are not one of these people, ask them if you can get some food. The worst thing you can do is not eat throughout the day of the football game. Make sure you stock up on your meals so that your body can absorb all the liquid that enters it. Nothing is worse than being “that kid” at the tailgate. See the pictures below for an example.
3. Make sure you are cheering for your team. (I’m just saying…you never know)
4. Get there early. The worst part of a Homecoming is when you and your friends cannot find a good place to set up shop. No one wants to be on the fringes of everything, with all of your friends on the other side of the parking lot near the ESPN/NESN/FOX/CBS trailers. Don’t be afraid to wake up early (or stay up the whole night) to find yourself a prime spot on the concrete.
5. Take pictures. Otherwise, when you wake up Sunday morning you’ll be covered in facepaint with your pants at your legs in the middle of the quad, you want to know what happened. You might never live it down or remember it, but at least you can look at the evidence.
6. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Homecoming is an easy excuse to get hammered, don’t make it an easy excuse as to why your ass is in jail for DUI manslaughter (!!!!)
Clearly, there are a lot of other things to keep in mind, too. Remember your buddy system, remember where you put your keys, and remember to thank your liver, too. Hope you all enjoy your Homecoming weekends, I’m damn sure about to go enjoy mine.