By: Malin Borjeson
When talking to my friends back home in Sweden, the most frequent question I get asked about going to college in the United States is, “Is it like American Pie?!”. While there are some similarities, college probably isn’t as crazy and party-focused as American Pie makes it out to be…. Or, at least, not for me! Living in the United States while frequently visiting Sweden annually has given me a set of perspectives where I am able to compare and contrast the two lifestyles. In this article, I am discussing PARTYING.
We all know that bulldawgs love to party. I mean, come on, in 2014, University Primetime ranked us the #7 party school in America. However, ideas of “partying” here in America differ greatly from partying in Sweden and, really, Europe in general. Here at the University of Georgia I have noticed that a typical night starts off with a “pregame,” whether it is at an apartment, a house or even a fraternity party. This “pregaming” is then followed by going downtown and “bar hopping,” which means going to several different bars throughout the evening. I have thus concluded that a standard night of going out in Georgia involves crowded places with cheap alcohol and loud music, and many people love that scene. In Sweden, however, a night of going out usually starts out with a homemade dinner at someone’s house consisting of wine, beer and socializing. This dinner is then followed by going into the city and attending a night club. Typically, one does not “club hop,” but they remain at one club for the night. Comparing the two, I have realized that America has a much more upbeat party vibe but one can probably find both to be equally enjoyable depending on the mood.