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It’s Friday night; you’re broke, hungry, and exhausted. All of sudden, you get a text from your friend asking you to go out. What do you do? You can stay home and feel like a social outcast, or go out and spend money you don’t have on a night that might not be all that fun. I’ll be the first person to raise my hand and say it’s okay to stay home on a Friday night and there are a couple of reasons why:

1. Save Money

I know exactly what it feels like to be broke. Week after week I dig into my pockets hoping money will magically appear (it never does) and think to myself “damn, no money again.” Honestly though, having little to no money has taught me to be a crazy penny-pincher, so if I don’t go out one Friday night it’ll be okay because I’ll know I’m saving money for next week.

2. Bond With Your Dorm Mates

Chances are you’re not going to be the only person choosing to stay in on a Friday night. This is the perfect opportunity for you to step out of your room and get to know people on your floor whom you never talked to before. Whether you end up hanging out in someone else’s room or chilling in the lounge, getting to know other people can be a fun Friday.

3. Catch Up On Homework

As lame as this may sound, we’re nearing towards the end of the second semester, so professors are throwing heaping piles of projects, papers, and assignments on us. This is a good time to try to get any huge assignments done so you’re not pulling all-nighters the day before and struggling to complete them. Also, since your friends are out, you’ll have nobody distracting you or pulling your attention away.

4. A Chance to Uunwind

I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, I know when I go out it, takes time for me to put my YOLO HYFR face on. And sometimes I just don’t have the energy to do so, so I prefer to stay in and have a lazy night. This is your opportunity to not think about anything stressful and stuff your face with that tub of frozen yogurt or bag of chips. Not the most health-conscious choice, but definitely a relaxing one.

Don’t feel bad if you choose to stay in on a Friday night. There are many things to do instead of going out and getting trashed. So whatever you do decide to do just have fun and do you!

Do you ever stay in on a Friday night?

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