Pros and Cons of Being 21

Obrien_prosandconsofbeing21Birthdays are awesome, but the (arguably) most important birthday any college student will have is their 21st. While at first it all seems like fun and games, any 21+ year old will quickly learn that turning 21 is both a blessing a curse. Read on to find out why:


Bars are cool because each one here has their own personality, and you’ll be able to tell whether or not you like it fairly quickly. I like bars better than a frat or party because I think they’re safer; bars actually have bouncers who have no problem asking people to leave.

Con: Alcohol is expensive

Being a girl, I was blessed with never having to pay cover at a frat or apartment or house party, but that doesn’t work when you go to a bar. Not only do most of them have a cover, but you actually have to buy your own drinks. It’s so much easier than you think to spend $40 in a night.

Pro: You don’t feel the need to dress up like you’re going to a frat

In fact, if you dress like that, everybody is going to judge you. You got away with it on Frat Row, but you won’t at Café.

Con: You wear “nicer” clothes, but you’re just as likely (if not more) to get a drink spilled on you

You think a frat is crowded? Try being at the Phyrst’s happy hour on Friday. There’s barely room to move and it’s a miracle if you can get around with someone spilling their multi-colored drink on your white shirt.

Pro: Wine night with the girls

Some of the most fun nights I’ve had have come from my roommates and me drinking wine or beer and playing Cards Against Humanity or another game. Sometimes the best way to “let loose” after a long week is to wear baggy sweatpants and laugh with your best friends (with wine).

Con: You actually have to know how to open up a bottle of wine

Trust me, it’s easier said than done.

Photo by Alex O’Brien


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