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College party culture affects students

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Some students choose to drink and party in their free time. This behavior has consequences, however.

In movies and television, college students are known most popularly for going out.

With Animal House, Neighbors, Revenge of the Nerds and Blue Mountain State all showing partying and late nights on the town as a part of the college package, there is a culture built into colleges across the nation.

People are affected by this culture differently.

There are those that get wild and drink their weekends away, and others that stay in on the weekends and watch movies or do homework.

For the partiers, there are certain guidelines to follow in order to stay healthy and safe with this kind of lifestyle.

For freshman Jared Williamson the most important thing about going out is being around those who he is comfortable with.

“Making friends and knowing who you’re comfortable around, it’s pretty easy just to have a good time as long as you’re around people you are comfortable with” Williamson said.

Comfort seemed to be a recurring theme, along with staying aware of what’s happening.

“I would say being aware of who you are around, being aware of your actions, like where you’re going and where your friends are,” sophomore Hannah Simonds said. “It seems like a lot, but to be truly comfortable going out, I like to just know what’s going on.”

Socializing is also a key reason to go out.

“I would say it is about socializing with other people, because that's a biologically sort of human requirement.” Sophomore Matthew Villarreal said.

Going out is half the battle though, the real challenge is the next morning.

There are myriad of ways to handle the next day, and sleep seemed to be the most common cure to the ailment of staying up to socialize.

“Take a really long nap,” Villarreal said.

While sleep is good, sleep deprivation is still an issue, and one simple nap won’t cover being sleep deprived.

If weight gain, weaker fine motor skills, and sudden impulsiveness have occurred recently, suggests getting more sleep.

Sleep isn’t the only way to enjoy the day after however.

“Have a good healthy breakfast,” sophomore Bryan Bell said.

In fact, many breakfast foods like oatmeal, eggs, and fruits are good for waking up in the morning, foods high in potassium and vitamin B are normally good choices and complex carbohydrates can help snap your body awake.

Importantly, caffeine, the world's most used psychoactive drug, according to

Coffee, and caffeine in general will stimulate production of stimulating chemicals in the brain, and blocks relaxants.

To get that burst of energy in the mornings, a big breakfast, with coffee and a nap later on in the day might just help ease the recovering process from a late night out.