The goal of the Wasted Weekend campaign is to reduce high-risk alcohol use and its negative consequences among first year women. As a result of the campaign, we hope students will feel more motivated to avoid letting getting wasted get in the way of what is important to them, and will therefore minimize their engagement in high-risk drinking behaviors and will utilize lower-risk drinking strategies. We listened to what first year women said were their reasons for not wanting to drink to excess – to avoid letting getting wasted get in the way of:
- Enjoying fun times with friends
- Studying and being productive on the weekends
- Developing a meaningful romantic relationship
- All the great ways they practice self-care during the week
Participating is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Choose any or all!
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You told us that you wanted to hear senior women share their stories of mistakes made and lessons learned during their freshmen year. We listened.
Senior Women, Class of 2015
Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew as a FreshWoman
This list was created by senior women for first year women to help them navigate their first year at Boston College!
- Where Eagles’ Nest was (above the bookstore and below Mac)!
- Balance academics
- Balance them with the rest of your life in a way that makes sense to you
- Avoiding extremes is obvious: Don’t slack, but also don’t break your bacck
- The middle is something you have to navigate
- No one knows exactly what they want to do
- People may have declared majors or intended career paths, but everyone is still figuring it out too
- Don’t be intimidated by the perception that everyone has it together, and don’t feel like you need to have yourself totally figured out. That would be crazy
- Remind yourself this often, and remind others, too!
- Reach out to connect
- There are so many amazing people on campus to get to know—reach out!
- This is part of figuring out what you want to do in a low-pressure way
- AND an important way to ground yourself and make a home for yourself at BC
- Reach out for help
- Reach out in bad times too—and understand that everyone HAS bad times
- College is 4 years of your life, and a very formational 4 years. It’s logical you would have rocky parts
- Know your resources—UCS, the WC, your RAs and RD, your professors, your other mentors
- Reach out to your friends, too! They may be going through something similar, or want to help
- Be honest with yourself about alcohol
- I wish I would have understood that there’s nothing inherently different about college as a new social environment that should totally change your habits and behaviors. I wish I would have asked myself the hard question of what I wanted my relationship with alcohol to look like for me, regardless of what I thought was “normal” here, and then actually done something about it
- “There was never a night where I wish I would have drunk MORE, and plenty of nights I wish I would have drunk less.”
- Be intentional with relationships
- Develop the self-awareness to know whether if you want to hook up or be in a relationship. Either or is fine, but don’t let the people around you dictate what you think is acceptable.
- Dating, relationships, and hook-ups and being single all have the capacity to enhance your life and make it richer, and teach you something about yourself or about the world. You just have to be intentional about what you want and communicate that with whomever you happen to be with.
- Don’t compare your social life/friends in college to what you had senior year of high school
- “I wish I would have known that being authentic was actually much easier than being fake towards people. The people who I attracted to me when I was my most authentic are the people that are still in my life today.”
- There is no “The College Experience”
- We get a lot of messages from TV and movies, as well as from our friends here at BC and other schools, about what college looks like or should look like.
- First of all, a lot of these aren’t even real. They’re romanticized and exaggerated. Don’t get caught up by them
- “I wish I would have known that all of the weekends of partying blend together; they're fun, but nothing stands out. My weekends in the city and going to concerts etc. are more meaningful and worth it than any party.”
- And second of all, everyone is going to have a different experience in college. Figure out what you want yours to look like FOR YOU, and then be courageous enough to make it happen.
In the end, it’s about reflecting on who you are and what you want for yourself, and then doing it!
As people drink more alcohol, their blood alcohol concentration increases. BAC is the ratio of alcohol to blood in the body, usually expressed as a percentage. For example, .10 percent BAC means one part of alcohol for every thousand parts of blood.
- Heavy drinking over short periods of time leads to rapidly increasing BAC and greater impairment, risk, and harm
- As BAC increases, the body and mind become increasingly intoxicated and impaired
- When you’re feeling lightheaded, confused or nauseous from drinking, your body is telling you to slow down or stop drinking
Factors that Influence BAC Include:
- The amount of alcohol the drinker consumes
- The rate at which a person drinks
- The drinker’s weight and body mass
- Gender – women have less of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol in their stomachs, on average they weigh less and they have less blood volume than men do, even at equal weight
- The amount of food in the stomach – a full stomach slows the pace at which alcohol is absorbed. However, eating before drinking will not prevent high blood alcohol concentrations from occurring
Having the ability to estimate your BAC helps you be aware of how intoxicated you are becoming. You need to know the number of “standard drinks” that you consume, the duration over which you drank and your weight in order to estimate BAC.
“Standard Drink” = 12 ounces beer = 5 ounces wine = 1.5 ounces 80-proof liquor
Below are some strategies to help you maintain a lower risk drinking style, if you choose to drink.
- Set a drinking limit near a BAC of .05
- Keep track of how much you drink by counting “standard drinks”
- Space your drinks over time
- Alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks
- Eating before and while you are drinking
- Mix and measure your own mixed drinks so you know how much alcohol you are consuming
- Be cautious when drinking liquor or mixed drinks due to their potency
- Avoid or limit shots and drinking games
*Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal and against campus policy. Please keep in mind that consuming alcohol under 21 is a high-risk choice. If you choose to drink, the strategies above can help you stay safer and healthier.
Alcohol is a drug that quickly affects the central nervous system. The normal reaction to alcohol it twofold or “biphasic.” The first phase occurs while your BAC is low. The effects of alcohol may be a mild buzz or pleasant high. The second phase occurs at higher levels of alcohol concentration. The effects of alcohol become more negative including fatigue and physical impairment. The “point of diminishing returns” is where one more drink will not make you feel any better, but instead will make you more impaired. This begins around .05 percent BAC for non-tolerant drinkers. Tolerance lowers the positive effects of light drinking and increases the negative effects of heavy drinking.
More is not better when it comes to alcohol. Light drinking usually equates with a more pleasurable experience, and people experience the most harmful consequences when they drink past the point of diminishing returns.
- Since coming to BC, how has your perspective on life changed or stayed the same?
- What are the most important things you want to accomplish while you’re at BC?
- Tell me about your journey to BC. Did you always want to come here? Was it your last choice?
- What expectations about your college experience turned out to be accurate? What expectations were totally off?
- What advice would you give an incoming BC freshmen? Sophomore? Junior? Senior?
- Paint me a picture of how you hope to be on graduation day.
- Have you found a role model or mentor at BC? If so, who?
- What was your favorite class at BC? The most thought provoking? Least favorite?
- Where do you think you got your values? How has that changed over time?
- What does success mean to you?
- What do you like about yourself?
- What are you good at?
- Which qualities of yours have grown or improved over time?
- What are you working on?
- What have you been thinking about recently?
- What’s your favorite quote?
- What do you want your life to look like when you’re 30? 50? 70?
- How do you like to be supported by your friends and family?
- What events have shaped who you are today?
- What do your favorite memories have in common?
- Describe yourself in three words. Now, pick three words you think your closest friends would describe you as. Your teachers? Your parents? Your acquaintances?
- What does faith mean for you?
- What is the most powerful or inspirational line you’ve ever heard in a movie?
- Of all the little things and simple pleasures in life, which one do you enjoy most of all?
- What is the one thing you’ve never done to celebrate your birthday that you would really love to do on your special day?
- What is one thing that for years you’ve been saying you should do, but still haven’t done?
- What is your favorite story to share that involves someone in your family's history?
- In hindsight, what particular class in school do you wish you had paid more attention to?
- What do you think is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
- Under the category, “it seemed like a good idea at the time,” what has been your worst idea?
- If you could host your own reality TV show what would be the theme and how would contestants be eliminated from the show?
- If you could have anyone else’s smile, whose smile would you want and why?
- If you were elected mayor of your town, what would be your first major act in your new position?
- If you could acquire any items from the history of sports, what would you want most of all?
- If you could have been the leading actor/actress in any movie, which would you have starred in?
- In your opinion, which U.S. president did more than any other to change America for the better?
- If a professional musician of your choice were willing to entertain you with a 20-minute private concert, whose talents would you request and what songs would you want played?
- If you could sign ay athlete from any team to a lifetime contract with your favorite team, who would it be?
- If you could have a 24/7 hotline to any expert in the world, who would you want to be able to contact whenever you needed an answer?
- Who is your all-time favorite character from an animated movie?
- What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
- What is the funniest Tv sitcom scene you’ve ever watched?
- If you could participate in any historical re-enactment, what would it be, and what role would you play in it?
- What would be your ultimate ice cream sundae?
- What is the most memorable TV ad you’ve ever seen?
- If you could visit any five counties in the world as part of a two week vacation, where would you go?
- Of all the people you know personally, who do you think would stand the best chance of becoming the President?
- If you could bring back any clothing style or fashion trend from the past, which one would it be?
- If you had to be permanently trapped in time, living the same 24-horus over and over again, which day from your past would you endlessly repeat?
- If you were given a large grant to conduct extensive research on any topic, what would you research?