The first time I ever experienced “college” – aside from the half a million campus tours I went on – was at Round Up weekend. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a massive party weekend at the University of Texas in Austin.
Some people may say that one weekend in my high school years filled with wearing neon tanks, accepting the majesty of the darty, exposing myself to the hazards of the dance-floor-makeout culture, and surviving several foam parties was not a significant learning experience. Those people would be wrong.
Boys Bid Night at UVA is actually toned down compared to Round Up weekend, only because Boys Bid Night is, as you may assume just one night while Round Up weekend is (shockingly) more than one night. However, the basic rules and requirements for having the best of times do not change.
1. Neon Wins Every Time. Depending on if you are in a sorority or not is going to change your outfit options. Each sorority gets their own tank/pinnie/shirt of sorts/outfit color requirements, so if that’s you then congrats. Easy. For those of you who are not Greek but still want to partake in the festivities, I suggest bright spandex leggings and a tank or white/bright t-shirt of your choosing. You’ll still probably feel out-of-place, but hey, at least you’re trying.
2. Eat a substantial dinner beforehand. You are going to be drinking. You are going to be drinking A LOT. We all know you want to look damn fine in those neon leggings, but trust me: One meal is not going to make or break your waistline. Don’t be pennywise and dollar foolish.
3. Don’t wear shoes you like. This night you will subvert the status quo and not put your best foot forward. You will be experiencing the frat parties of all frat parties. If by now you still think it’s a good idea to wear your nice shoes or favorite sneakers to a frat, then I can’t help you. I can only tell you that you are wrong and hope you listen to how very right I am.
4. To Hook or Not to Hook. Before you go out, make a conscious decision about whether or not you want to hook up with someone tonight. This technique is not new or limited to BBN, but as the number of incredibly drunk, celebrating individuals in close to proximity to each other increases, so does the availability of those looking to hook. I did not make a conscious decision either way my first year, and ended up getting mono. Don’t make my mistakes – learn from them.
5. Don’t Be An Idiot. It is a lot easier said than done. There will be a lot of carefree, College-No-Parents-Anywhere emotions spilling all over the place. Save tonight, dance like nobody’s watching, whatever. Just remember the buddy system is a cliché for a reason – keep an eye out for each other out there. But also have fun, kiddos.