Things to think about before going out

Amber Misek

Being prepared for class is completely different than being prepared for a night out. Forgetting one little detail could ruin your night. From deciding what to wear to figuring out transportation there are a lot of opportunities to overlook an important element. Don’t leave home without a gameplan: use this checklist to ensure a great night out.

What to wear

Choosing your outfit can be one of the most time consuming decisions of the whole process. Yes, it’s that important. The weather, the occasion and the location’s atmosphere are some of the factors that need to be considered. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that how you dress is a representation of yourself. Clothes are among the first things a person notices, and how often do you get a second chance at making a first impression?

How much you want to spend

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and lose track of how much you’re spending. College students are notorious for getting by on small budgets. Avoid splurging what money you do have by keeping a limit in mind before spending your last paycheck in one night. You know how much you can realistically afford. Make a budget and stick to it.

Means of transportation

For the most part, everything students need is an easy walk from campus. However, if you’re going somewhere that requires driving, it’s very important that you have arrangements made. Be responsible and make the decision ahead of time if you know you will be drinking. Nominate a designated driver if necessary, or have a taxi or friend’s number on hand.

The responsible one

Some of the worst decisions make the best stories, but be aware of your actions’ consequences. Know your limits and try your best to avoid doing anything you would regret. Keep your friends in mind, too. Look out for each other and don’t lose integrity.

How late you stay out

Two hours of sleep before an exam is never a good idea. If you have to get up early the next day, don’t expect to be out all night. However, when your schedule allows it, sleeping until 2 p.m. is totally acceptable. You know your schedule the best, so don’t be afraid to call it a night if you know you have obligations the next day.