I Love College?
Recently an artist, Asher Roth, produced a new song called I Love College. This song discusses the "fun" of college life. It goes into detail about drugs, drinking, and of course, the opposite sex. Most teenagers I know are drinking in the lyrics, looking forward to their own college "experience", and some hope it'll be identical to Asher Roth's definition. Others fear the pressure to do things they're not ready for.
that party lastnight was awfully crazy
i wish we taped it
i danced my ass off and had this one girl completly naked
drink my beer and smoke my weed
but my good friends is all i need
pass out at 3 wake up at 10
go out to eat then do it again"
Just last week we had a drunk driving and hazing assembly. it was possibly one of the most depressing assemblies that I've ever attended. The saddest part of the assembly was the fact that it was focused on college frats, drinking, etc. And all of that had to do with one of our former students, Michael Starks, who died from hazing, and drinking at a fraternity initiation.
"Alcohol-related consequences for college students between the ages of 18-24i:
• Death: 1,700 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes
• Injury: 599,000 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol
• Assault: More than 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
• Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape
• Unsafe Sex: 400,000 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex
• Academic Problems: About 25 percent of students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall
• Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 develop an alcohol-related health problem
• Drunk Driving: 2.1 million drive under the influence of alcohol each year"
Many new college students also decide to try drugs for the first time; mainly marijuana. Now I've had conversations, and debates about the affects of marijuana. I've always grown up thinking that it kills your lungs, brain cells, and that it's just plain bad for you. Some smarty-pants friends of mine have told me that they researched it, and in fact, none of that information is a threat. A lot of medical studies show that marijuana does in fact have a harmful affect on someone's body. Some long effects have to do with the heart, brain, and lungs. So wherever those kids got their information, they should probably look again because it's wrong."
The short-term effects of marijuana include:
- Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
- Problems with memory and learning
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble with thinking and problem-solving
- Increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure"
The fact of the matter is that college isn't all about the parties, the booze, the drugs, and the sex. Sure that's all fun, until someone dies! Basically, just be smart and in the words of my mother, "make good choices!"