How Not to Die In College: Throwing A Dorm Party

No lie, it’s been a long time since I’ve been an undergraduate freshman, but now that I’m a graduate student in a new school and in a new state, I’m finding many parallels to then and now. To keep things interesting I will provide some sage-like advice from someone who has already graduated, in my series HOW NOT TO DIE IN COLLEGE (HOW NOT TO DIE INC).

How Not to Die In College Presents:

Throwing A Dorm Party

college party

*Disclaimer we at BrightFutura.com do not condone underage drinking…but shit happens*

So it’s Friday night, exams are done, studying is done, your parent;s gave you some spending money and you want to do something fun with your friends, yet you don’t want to leave campus. How to party on campus in your small ass dorm? The solution:

Dorm Party! The beauty of dorm parties are that they are cheap, easy and memorable.


Dorm Party Ingredients

1. Cash Money

Consider combining your money. The good thing about friends with money, is that they’re friends with money. Have each person put in ten dollars, the more the merrier and you all will have enough bottles to last you all night and maybe into the weekend.

Avoid this guy

2. Drinks 

Alcohol is the nectar of college, no dorm party would be complete without it. While I cannot tell you how to acquire drinks illegally here is some advice about what to get.

Alcohol gets you drunk.


Advice: Go Cheap
Castillo brand vodka (I’m a vodka man), and rum are about 7 dollars a piece. A little secret about Castillo is that it burns like rubbing alcohol on the way down; dirty yet effective. (You can always cut down the burn of a drink with some type of juice or a soda like sprite, coca-cola, or ginger ale)

An even bigger secret about

Castillo is that it’s made by the same people who make Grey Goose. In fact Grey Goose and Castillo are the SAME THING yet Castillo is not as distilled. Save money and get drunk fast.


Once you have your drinks (we at Bright Futura do not condone underage drinking) there a number of games you can play.


3. Playing Cards

A favorite is Kings Cup (you’ll need a deck of playing cards ( rules- http://kingscuprules.com/)

4. HDMI Cable

This second item is only useful if you have a computer with an HDMI port and a  television with an HDMI port as well. The simplicity of this cord allows you to project your computer screen to your TV screen. There is so much you can do, from watching movies (w/ or w/o drinking games) , to Stumbleupon with your friends, or even Facebook stalking with friends.

Advice 1 : Movies,
Netflix, Youtube, DVD’s, or find a movie to watch online.

Consider just being  random. 
You would be surprised how fun it is to search for random items on Stumbleupon, or Facebook stalk with friends on a giant screen. The internet is full of wild and crazy things, share’em with friends.

The Code

Precautions: There are rules to a dorm party that should always be followed to ensure a safe time.


Rule 1: Check With Your Roommate(s)

If you’re roommate doesn’t want to party that night, or doesn’t want people sitting on their bed, or drinking their stuff then respect their right to say no.


Rule 2: Shut The Fuck Up.

RA’s aren’t stupid. They are students too, if they are patrolling the halls, they know what a party sounds like and they will investigate. Take friendly reminders to your guest to keep quiet. Nothing ruins a party like an uninvited guest.


Please Note: RA’s do rounds at a certain time every night. Find out what those times are so you know when to turn down the music. 

Rule 3: The Golden Rule

You know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. Who knew that applied to partying too?

You should always remember to take care of your drunk friends. If someone is too gone to walk home, give them a pillow and let them sleep on the floor. Be sure to check on them nightly to ensure they don’t throw up. Once they are snoring, it’s a good sign they won’t be throwing up for the rest of the night.

Please Note: Friends don’t let drunk friends hook up with weird random strangers


Rule 4: Cure That Drunkenness/Hangover

Remember in all likelihood you just poisoned your body, so you should think of water, food,  sleep as the anti-venom.

Too help people (and yourself) sober up  follow three simple rules. WATER, FOOD, SLEEP. Be sure to drink water before and after you drink, you’re body needs to be hydrated. EAT! Eat small meals, snacks like french fries (not too greasy) helps absorb the liquor. SLEEP. You just poisoned your body, it needs time to work it out of the system


Rule 5: Don’t Spike Drinks

This should go without saying but don’t spike someone’s drinks with anything. A friend of mine once spiked a girl’s shot of rum with soy sauce, she threw up for hours. NOT FUNNY. She was caught throwing up outside and was caught by the police.

dorm parties

^this man will spike your drinks.

The goal of this article is too use it as a manual for those old enough and mature enough to drink. It’s college, be sure to have fun, and be safe. It’s the time of your life, even if it’s just starts out as a party in a dorm.


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Leon Langford | Bright Futura Columnist

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