Georgia Southern has this particular mis-perception… Just a school placed in the middle of nowhere where the only thing to do is party. As students this should make us furious. I understand that this is hard to overcome when the “typical” college campus environment is working against you.
But who decides that we are “typical’? Why can’t we be above the average and the influence? If you are prideful of your university this should be your motive daily.
Georgia Southern has been recognized for many points of pride, such as being one of the top 10 most popular universities, one of the most military-friendly universities in the world, as well as being ranked among the best online graduate programs in the nation. Honestly, what college ISN’T a party school? College is what you make it.
Sure, alcohol can throw any party to an overblown circus in a few drinks. But what about all the negative consequences that follow close behind?
Academic problems and weight gain are some predominant problems that most college students run into first. Getting arrested, sexual assault, unsafe sex, drunk driving, and even death potentially follow close behind.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism more than 1,400 college students die annually in alcohol-related events, primarily traffic crashes. At least 2 million college students drive under the influence of alcohol, and more than 3 million students ride with a drinking driver. More than 500,000 students annually suffer unintentional injury under the influence of alcohol and more than 600,000 students annually are hit or assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
Have you ever tried to find other things to do on campus? It’s easy! How about an outdoor movie with the University Programming Board or an adventure with Southern Adventures. If you look around, I promise you’ll find something that isn’t alcohol dependent.
Georgia Southern is better than these numbers. We are proud and united! It is time to take a stand and be above the influence.