(Closed) Did you go to a ''party school'' ?

posted 4 years ago in College
Post # 2
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

This rant is amusing. Are you asking for yourself? 

My undergrad had one unofficial fraternity, the Moore Young Butts Society. Kevin Moore, Jim Young and Jason Butts shared an off campus apartment and hosted parties fairly frequently. My roommates and I lived in the same complex. I am too old in my grad college to go to parties. 

Post # 4
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

I did (unknowingly). It was kinda crazy. My friends would visit from other schools and be TERRIFIED. Beer waterslides and all that. 

Post # 5
10360 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Of course you can find anything you want in any kind of school, but it’s a bigger part of the culture at some schools than others. 

Post # 6
4339 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I did. It was horrible. It was not what I was there for at all and it seemed like everyone else was. I quit my freshman year. This was in 1999-2000, so it’s been a while. 

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

I guess I didn’t really answer the question. Part of me liked it a lot, part of me regrets it. I wasn’t involved in greek life (which was pretty uncommon at my school) even though I did rush to see what it would be like and was invited to my second pick. Still my group was definitely seen as a “party crowd” so we got invited to all the greek stuff other than things like derby days and that sort of thing.

It did make it easier to have a top gpa, also made the classes more watered down…I also developed some pretty nasty drinking habits, thinking they were normal. I actually don’t drink at all anymore, not sure my college friends would believe that now!

Post # 8
5083 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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bridesoon2 :  I went to undergrad in Boston, so there was a ton of over-21 nightlife around at bars and clubs but there really wasn’t the greek life-type party atmosphere that you see in movies. We didn’t have a “frat row” of houses because we were in the middle of the city. I’m not much of a partier so I’m not sure if there was a scene I wasn’t aware of, but most of the parties that I went to were smaller events in apartments, not huge house parties. Overall though, I thought it was really fun, I wish I could go back. 

Post # 9
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Nope, I went to community college first and then a good little Catholic college for Catholic do-gooders, haha! We were known as being a service learning school. Fun fact: I’m an agnostic with atheist leanings. I just liked the small discussion-based class sizes, civic-minded student body, and of course the nuns! 

But I am a very strong believer in the student making the school and not the school making the student. You get out of your education what you put into it, regardless of the school’s reputation. That’s what I’ve observed, anyways. 

Post # 10
7326 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I got my undergrad at UW-Madison. It has ranked as low as 10th and as high as #1, depending on the list. Wisconsin overall drinks far more than other states, though, and I imagine that’s part of it. As you said, a person can party at any school and can study at any school, but the reputation is there for a reason. As another PP said, people would visit from other schools and it would blow their mind the things that happened on campus. And we didn’t even have good weather! 

Post # 11
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I graduated from Arizona State, which is definitely known as a party school. I loved it! I still visit Mill Avenue when I want a crazy night, and the weather is conducive for pool parties the majority of the year. That said, I was really attending the school for the in-state tuition, the fact I could live at home during college, and for the Mary Lou Fulton teacher’s college, which is nationally ranked. While I didn’t choose the school specifically for its “party” reputation, I loved my time and education at ASU.

Go Sun Devils!

Post # 13
3940 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I didn’t go to a party school, but my friends and I would drive to Ole Miss where some other friends attended to go to parties. Ole Miss is definitely known as a party school. 

Post # 14
7579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to UW Madison and went in knowing it’s a “party school.” Obviously you can create fun anywhere you go but there is a huge difference when you can have a choice of 20+ bars that are full any night of the week on State St. and the local college I live near now that has maybe 3 bars within walking distance of the campus that aren’t even full on a Friday night. People visited from out of town alllll the time so they must have been leaving their campus to visit ours for a reason.

Madison was so much more than a drinking scene though which is why I enjoyed it so much. Mutliple intramural sports, tons of clubs, a sweet farmers market and being squeezed between a couple of lakes made for plenty of things to do. Most people I met worked just as hard as they partied.

Post # 15
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Yes, though I think “party schools” in Canada are maybe a bit more tame than in the US, just based off anecdotes!

That being said, I started university when I was 22, lived off campus, and had no interest in partying with my peers (all my friends still lived in the same city but had already finished university, so I spent my time with them instead of on campus) – so I got really awesome grades instead!

Going to university a bit later than normal was great for me. Instead of dicking around and getting drunk all the time, I ended up switching out of general arts into a B.Sc. in Neuroscience.

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