How To Survive A College Tailgate

There are few things you’ll do in college that are more fun than tailgating, and honestly those can most likely be found at a tailgate. It's a time that both current students and alumni come together to celebrate their team, and it is by far where I have made some of my best memories in college.

As a freshman, tailgating can be a scary time. You don't know what to do, how to act, who to talk to, and especially where to pee, leaving many first-time freshman tailgate experiences sub-par. So here’s my how-to guide on surviving a tailgate:

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1. Don’t carry alcohol!

Chances are, you're not of legal age to purchase alcohol so you’re also not of legal age to hold alcohol. With security often roaming perimeters, make sure you are doing all your law breaking in the privacy of your own residence. Pre-game if you’d like, but don’t be the girl walking into the game with a ticket in hand.

2. Drink up, and I mean water

If you're going to a tailgate, I guarantee it's going to be hot. For one, you’ll be most likely dancing, the blazing sun on your backs, shoulder to shoulder with the rest of your school. Staying hydrated to keep your energy and mood up to make it to and home from the actual game is necessary, no one wants to duck out early and no one is going to want to duck out early with you.

3. There's no such thing as dressing too spirited.

Literally it’s the only time in your life you’ll be allowed to dress like your school threw up all over you and get away with it. Embrace it and take advantage of it, and I promise everyone will love you for it.

4. If you want food, it's gonna be a bloodbath

Most of the time, fraternities and alumni can be found grilling. Take advantage of this because it will go fast and remember to keep your eyes peeled because you never know when you’ll stumble upon a perfectly grilled burger or a vat of mac and cheese. Buying food during the game is just too expensive. No matter how good those wings are, spending $13.50 when you could spend $0 is just not worth it. Lastly, if a fraternity asks always say you’re in a sorority.

5. Don't be afraid to branch out and meet new people.

This is one of the best times to meet new friends, especially new friends that also love tailgating!  Try organization hopping and make it a goal to make one new friend at each, or go with a new friend to a tailgate in the other parking lot. You will not regret it.