Let’s be realistic. Part of your college experience in the USA will involve socializing, drinking, and/or partying. These are common aspects of the American culture. It’s not hard to find alternative scenes, but it does take effort. Whatever you choose to do, rest assured, there are productive ways to go out and have a good time.
I had a friend in college who, post-graduation, went on an interview at a bar. No, she wasn’t applying to be a bartender or a waitress. She was interviewing with a well-known fashion company. They wanted to make sure she could hold her liquor when drinking. Not too many professionals are interested in employees who get wild and drunk every time they go out. They want people who can have a drink or two, socialize, have a good time, and meld well with a team.
If you keep this in mind when you go to school in the States, you’ll be all the better off. So many people abuse the freedom that comes with college life and wind up paying for it later on. Moderation is a solid path to hold.
Even if you don’t like going out, or drinking isn’t your scene, I would recommend doing it every once in a while. You can always go out and enjoy a nonalcoholic beverage. Reason being, networking is an integral part of living these days. It’s good for business. When you go out (in a healthy, responsible way) and chatter with others in your field, your thought patterns will strengthen and your connections will grow. Opportunities you may have never imagined will present themselves.
The key to this whole going out business is to be responsible. Know your limits. Save the wildness for times of creativity. Especially in this day and age. Everyone is juggling so much, it’s a blessing to have the stored up energy for those weeks you’re in a pressure cooker. This goes not only for work life, but for college life as well.
Remember, it’s okay to go out and have a good time, but please do it responsibly. There’s nothing more unproductive than losing a day to a hangover.