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Posted by Marc Phillips at 4:11PM   |  Add a comment

There is a misconception out there. A misunderstanding perhaps multiplied by movies like Animal House or TV shows like Greek. This misinterpretation is that college is just one big party.

It is purported that if you are not out and about on Friday, Saturday, or even Thursday nights then you are considered uncool. But there is a lot more to the college experience than becoming a champion at beer pong or performing a keg stand.

There is nothing wrong with just staying in. Having a relaxing night with good food and good friends can be equally as exciting.

Do not feel obligated to rip shots, if you want something more low-key. Why not stay in and watch a movie with your friends?

One of my best college memories is staying in and watching the absolutely worst movie ever made, The Room. This cult classic is chockfull of absurd quotes. To this day, our group of friends constantly recall this fun evening and confuse others with our inside jokes. 

If you don’t want to actually stay in your room and watch a movie, most weekends you can find movies playing in Textor sponsored by Ithaca SAB. Cinemapolis downtown and Regal Cinema at the Triphammer Mall are also excellent alternatives! 

If movies are not your thing and you are thinking about spending your small amount of hard-earned cash on a few drinks for one night, why not spend your money on a great meal at one of the many amazing restaurants in the Ithaca area?

Downtown in the Commons are some of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Viva Taqueria, The Ale House, Taste of Thai, Jade Garden, and The BoatYard Grill are Ithaca favorites. Again, another great memory from my college years is when a group of us all went to Viva for dinner. 

College is a great time to make memories with great friends. There is nothing wrong with making these memories with a quiet or chill night staying in and away from the party scene. People do not party as much as they make you want to believe. 

Don’t get me wrong, memories are created at parties too, but unlike the memories you may make watching movies or going out to eat, you probably won’t remember them.


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