You Don’t Always Have to Get Down on Friday

Even before the musical odes of Rachael Black and Katy Perry, Friday night has long been treated as if it were some sort of holiday. Despite the cult-like reverence for Friday night in our culture, there’s still plenty of people out there who don’t mind staying in on a Friday. While it may not be easy to fight the pressure to go out, there’s plenty of reasons you can use to get out of this obligation. You might just have fun and feel better after taking a break from the traditional Friday night escapades.

Get Your Work Done

This could be the least popular of the suggestions I’m going to throw out there, but think about getting a head start on your homework. Doing your work ahead of time means you can enjoy the rest of your weekend without a big paper hanging over your head. Imagine what Sunday might be like if you had the whole day free. I can tell you, it’s glorious, and I don’t enjoy it often enough.

Save Your Money

It’s not cheap, spending every Friday night out on the town. You may be wondering how you can afford going out? Well, try skipping the usual Friday night routine and save your money. The money you save might be better invested in extra groceries, or you could try putting it in a savings account. Before you know it, you’ll be making money instead of losing it off your savings! Every little bit adds up. At the very least, it could just mean you can spend more the next time you want to go out.

Mix it Up for a Change

Instead of doing the usual Friday routine, try starting a hobby. This could be the opportunity to start reading a book outside of class, or to finish up that painting you started the other week There’s plenty of ways to celebrate the start of the weekend without going out. Plan for boardgame night or try making a fancy dinner for yourself. Who knows? You might just find other like minded friends whose wouldn’t mind staying in either.

Catch the Elusive Z’s

I can’t stress the importance of sleep enough. Most college students do not get as much sleep as they should. Besides the fact that sleep-deprivation, in extreme cases, can and will cause major health issues, including death, it’s also going to lessen your ability to enjoy late night fun. If you’re tired out, loud music and even louder friends are not going go over well. Not to mention it will inhibit your ability to use logic and reason, while also making you more sensitive to stress. This is a recipe for disaster if you have big class projects or work to do on the weekend.

You shouldn’t go out because you’re afraid you’re missing out. You should be afraid of what you’re missing if you go out every Friday. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy the start of the weekend without getting out of your pajamas. And don’t forget, there’s always Saturday if you’re still feeling the itch to party.

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Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals is a senior at DePaul University studying Creative Writing and Psychology. Outside of class, Ryan can be found working in the Pysch Lab or at a local health clinic. When he's not distracted by cat videos, he tries to balance his time between playing guitar, writing prose, and running around the soccer field.