For many of us, the partying started at Matric Rage and didn't end until we had to find our first jobs, straight out of varsity and technikon.
Many of you have made it into tertiary institutions around the country and the party is just getting started. Here at OC, we think you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed youngsters need a bit of advice to see you through, so without further ado, here's our advice for surviving O-week:
Find the agenda: There are going to be all sorts of awesome things planned as this is the time for your institution to break the ice. Find out what those events are, how to get there (see "find a lift" below) and who you're going with (see "form an alliance" below). You might have to make a choice between going to one event and giving another one a skip, choose wisely - you don't want to have FOMO from missing out on an awesome party. Because OC is in boxes and sachets, it should be easy enough to pre-drink or take to the party ;)
Form an alliance: Never underestimate the power of large groups of stupid people. Seriously though, make friends with a group of people at the start of O-week. Some will be with you for the rest of your life, whilst others are just useful camouflage for approaching groups of the opposite sex to party with. Having wing men/women around you will making meeting other people less awkward. Share an OC with someone, you never know where you'll end up!
Network a lot: By infiltrating other groups of people, you don't just stand a chance of making tons of new friends, you also find out where the cool parties are happening and you also stand a chance of getting other people to buy drinks for you - you're a student now, and those Rands aren't just going to multiply themselves!
Find a lift: First prize is signing up for campus transport. Big campuses have free shuttles specifically so students like you can get around safely to parties. The less you use your car, the less petrol you use and the less parking fines you get. Second prize is snaking lifts off of other buddies and their cars. Don't even think of driving drunk - that's when the party ends. Forever.
Know which rules to bend, and which ones to break: Smuggling some booze into an event is great breaking of the rules, OC is convenient and awesome for that! There's nothing like feeling a little naughty and independent during O-week. Waking up in the vice-chancellor's flower beds at 3am is the wrong rule to break - it's going to lead to the end of the party, for the year at least.
Watch your drinks: the cool thing about OC is that it's impossible to slip anything into our closed boxes and sachets. Obviously we've filled them with delicious fruit juice and alcohol, but no one roofy it. When you're "out in the field" make sure you don't drink anything that's been opened out of sight, you never know why or when someone wants you to pass out and not remember anything.
O-week is incredible, it's such an awesome time to meet new people, party your ass off and have fun and we'll be there for you the whole time!