[nabs-l] college parties

Joseph Hudson jhud7789 at outlook.com
Thu Aug 25 20:54:45 UTC 2016


Joe, thanks for explaining what I was going to head explain to him privately. I didn't want to explain publicly because I didn't want to offend anybody. But thank you for being very brave. The whole idea, it is to be careful and to Think about what might be going on around you.
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On Aug 25, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Joe Orozco via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:

What happens at these parties? I think that's the question Zachary's
honing in on, and the answer is that, well, it depends. A college
party may sound wild by virtue of it being a college party, but are we
talking about a fraternity party? Just a group of friends getting
together? A young professional networking party?

Like anything else, there are extremes. At one end of the spectrum you
could enjoy a casual conversation with a small group of people at
someone's apartment. At the other end of the extreme you could find
yourself in the middle of the woods enjoying loud music, drinks,
drugs, and sex. What you experience I think ultimately depends on the
context of the party. I was a part of my university's debate squad. We
were never crazy, but when we played, we played hard and drank heavy
because we all trusted each other not to do anything we would regret.

The best way to prepare is to figure out in advance what your limits
are. Don't wait until you're in the situation to figure out what you
should or should not do. If you don't want to drink, don't drink. The
same is true of drugs. I assure you chances are very good you'll find
someone else at the party who is probably feeling the same way you are
and would love to team up with you to feel stronger about their
convictions.

And, who knows? Maybe this young lady wants you to go to one of these
parties because she just wants to hang out with you? Sometimes it's
good to analyze the situation, think about the pros and cons and
assess the consequences. At other times a party is just a party and
you are at no more risk of being hurt than you would be walking down
the street.

Good luck to you!

Joe


On 8/25/16, Zachary N. Griego-Dreicer via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
Thanks for the advice Jonathan and all. I think I should try it at least
once
Sent from my Macbook Pro 13

On Aug 25, 2016, at 10:37, Jonathan Franks via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>>
wrote:

Greetings Nabs,
yes,performing well in College is vital and very important. One should
focus a significant time to their studies and coursework. However, we
must be cognizant  of our own mental and physical awareness. If we
spend all of our time focusing on our schoolwork, that is a
prescription for burnout. We as College students need to balance into
our lives time for self-care. Whether it is exercising, spending time
with friends, going to the movies or any other type of activity that
is  geared to increase our happiness positively is vital to our
success in College. Ultimately, it is up to you if you want to attend
this College party. College is not only a time for academic growth and
success, but it is a time to make friends, take part in new
experiences that will help mold us into positive leaders in our
careers and if you are involved in the NFB, leaders in the Federation.

Whatever you choose to do, I wish you and everyone success in their
academic and future careers.

Warm regards,

Jonathan Franks BSW
Board Member
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
Treasurer
Texas Association of Blind Students

On 8/25/16, KENNEDY STOMBERG via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:
All of that said, some people would argue that parties are kind of just
a
part of the college experience, and that you should experience that. I'm
not
big into parties myself, but if you want to give it a try, go for it!
College is for trying new things. That said, if you do go to a party, be
smart about it. Make sure there's a friend who always knows where you
are
it's sort of generally. I would recommend this for anyone regardless of
their amount of sight. Regardless of whether you decide to go to parties
or
not, remember that well academics is of course extremely important,
having a
social life is good. I learned the hard way that without a social life,
you
sort of go insane. :-) Good luck!

Kennedy Stomberg
(218)295-2391

On Aug 25, 2016, at 8:35 AM, amazing tech via NABS-L
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>>
wrote:

I would stay away from parties focus on graduation. Tell yourself that
earning a degree is more important.

Thanks,
Aaron Linson
CEO Linson Productions.
CEO Blind Faith Project

On Aug 25, 2016, at 9:24 AM, Zachary N. Griego-Dreicer via NABS-L
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:

I am here  for academics and athletics there is a goalball team that
I'm
a part of too! What typically happens that this kind of party?

Sent from my iPhone 6 Using VoiceOver

On Aug 25, 2016, at 07:10, roanna bacchus via NABS-L
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org<mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>>
wrote:

Many people go to college for different reasons. For me it is all
about
the academics and social life comes afterward. Yes I think you
should
politely decline this invitation.  It would be helpful for your sweet
mates to have contact information for your host family.

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