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21 take your money and run

By Jodi Andersen | Advertising Manager
On May 10, 2012

I can remember all my life looking forward to specific birthdays for very specific reasons. My 13th birthday was all about becoming a teenager and getting that special $100 check from my grandma, 16 was about getting my license, 18 was about being an "adult" in the eyes of society, and, finally, 21 was about being legally allowed to drink without the fear of being caught and getting into trouble.  

Is turning 21 really that great, though? I thought it would be one of the highlights of my life. I could finally go to the bars with my sister, attend a party without being scared of getting an MIP and go buy booze whenever I wanted. My friends and I could finally take that trip to Vegas that we have been planning since we can remember. But to be honest, being 21 is definitely not as cool and exciting as society makes it out to be.

Since turning 21 five months ago, I have gone to the bars maybe five times, went to the liquor store about four times, and now every time I go to a party I have a new fear: I am the only 21-year-old here and even if I did not buy the alcohol for the abundance of drunk minors surrounding me, I could still get into trouble. This fear is essentially unavoidable to say the least, when all your friends are still underage.

I guess that is yet another barrier to the incredibly "awesome" life of a 21-year-old. Just because I am 21 does not mean all my friends are, so my plan to go bar hopping with the girls is put on hold.

I almost feel idiotic thinking that my life was going to be a rager from 21 on out. Getting excited about being sloppy drunk and puking on the sidewalk in front of a bar seems disturbing after I give it some thought.

I guess what I am getting at is that no one ever thinks about the cons of turning 21. There is quite a few that tend to slip under the radar, and I feel obligated to let the almost 21-year-old know what is going to go down with their new best friend, alcohol. The major issue with being 21 is running out of money. I realized how expensive it actually is to go out. Unless you plan on looking hot as hell and flirting your way to a free drink, be prepared to spend some serious dough.
Drinks usually cost about $7, and if you plan on getting drunk you will need about three to four to do the trick. So your sub-total is about $25, give or take a few bucks. Now you have the infamous drunchies.

Drunchies are the drunk munchies, this usually means it is time to make your DD go to the nearest fast food restaurant and order you your weight in disgusting greasy food. By the end of the night you are lucky to have spent less than $30. To me that is just insane. Did I just forget I am supposed to be a poor college student?

In the end, it is all about knowing what you are getting yourself into. Be safe, smart, and most of all responsible when you do decide to have some drunken adventures.

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