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7 Secrets No One Tells You About Celebrating St. Patrick's Day In College

There's no pot of gold here

It's March 17, which means it's time to break out whatever green apparel you own, re-watch Disney Channel's The Luck of the Irish, and explain why it's actually St. Paddy's, not St. Patty's. Fun!

Today is a favorite holiday among university students, mostly because spring has (nearly) sprung. Not to mention there's typically plenty of booze around on March 17, if you're into that sort of thing. Here's what you need to know to survive St. Paddy's in college:

  1. Alcohol is flowing

    In high school, St. Paddy's wasn't that much different from any other school day. Your teacher might've dressed up for the occasion with green tights and/or shamrock earrings. Other than that, everything was the same ol', same ol'. But in college, everything -- including how people celebrate holidays -- changes. The number one difference is, of course, alcohol. Proceed with caution.

  2. St. Paddy's is a rain or shine event

    March 17 is this weird day where winter's mostly over but spring's not quite here yet. Cross your fingers for sunshine, but even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, the festivities must go on.

  3. For the most part, St. Paddy's is a daytime thing

    The shenanigans quiet down when people get tired, and they generally check out by sundown. Sure, there are still some parties and bars going strong at night, but if you want the least amount of FOMO, dedicate your afternoon to the holiday.

  4. Nobody cares if you don't wear green

    Hats off to you if you have the commitment and diligence to pull together an all-green outfit. Most people just rummage through their closet and pull out whatever's clean.

  5. Eat a real breakfast

    Your yogurt, granola bar, fruit, or whatever you typically reach for when you're dashing to that 9 a.m. class isn't gonna cut it today. Load up on carbs to soak up whatever ~beverages~ you'll be consuming, and your stomach will be much happier for it come Friday morning.

  6. Don't go out the night before

    Get a full night's sleep. Tomorrow's gonna be a long (but awesome) day.

  7. If you miss class, no one will give you their notes

    Since you don't want to miss out on the afternoon fun, cutting class is a strong temptation. There's no judgment if you skip, but know that no one -- not your classmates and definitely not your professor -- will help you catch up on what you missed. It's on you to read the textbook and teach yourself the material. As long as you're cool with that, celebrate away! 🍀