Students tend to indulge more than they moderate

Not a day passes that we don’t hear about students getting wasted. Sure it’s fun, but one of the greatest lessons to be learned here is moderation; something not many students seem to have.

Every day we overhear students in various majors talking about their wild nights partying.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to drink, have fun, let loose or even experiment. The unfortunate thing about taking it too far is that we tend to condition ourselves into these lifestyles, and forget our limits.

Not a month goes by that we too don’t see another college student who tragically died in a night of binge drinking. In mid-October of this year, Lydia Gale Clark, a Drake University student, died on her 21st birthday after taking 16 shots.

What a tragic waste of youth.

One of the most beautiful traits anyone can have is the ability for self control, to monitor and moderate ourselves. This includes those who would provoke a small, 21-year-old young woman to take 16 shots of hard alcohol. Perhaps those are the people who need the most self-discipline, to know when they should not instigate a potentially deadly outcome.

Sadly, college drinking has been on the rise for years, and with it, DUIs, alcohol poisonings, and assaults. And in this technologically advanced age, when we can send our photo to China with $20 and in a couple weeks receive a fake I.D. that can fool any cashier, it’s no wonder why.

There’s probably more of a cultural reason for this rise, however. It would take a book to understand it.

Suffice to say, the images we see in society tend to point to the same idea: that it’s cool, it’ll get you sex, and everyone does it. Wrong. Not everyone does it.

People will be people. We’ll drink, we’ll party, and we’ll probably get into trouble.

This is the method from which we learn.

But the most important lesson we need to learn is the one of self-discipline. Without it, there is no limit, literally, to how stupid we can get.


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