Welcome to the most important survival guide you will ever read.
If you are reading this you are probably either a past or present student at Princeton University or High School, meaning you will be hitting up reunions and finding one way or another to get into the 5th tent. Reunions is one weekend of the year that is LEGENDARY in Princeton and surrounding towns. Everyone around this time is scrambling to cop a wristband or try and be sly and sneak in past security. Either way here is how to stay safe while making the best of the tents.
1.) DON’T GET TOO GONE
By this I mean try to at least remember most of what is going to happen that night. Boolin is one thing but boolin to the point where you don’t know your name will ruin your night and those of your loyal friends who are gonna stick by and take care of you. By no means is this a call out post because I’m sure everyone has had their share of going overboard a bit- just have enough to have fun but not so much where you can’t even remember the fun you should be having- ja feel?
2.) DRESS LIKE YOU BELONG THERE
This is reunions we are talking about!! Meaning, don’t try and act like you’re too cool for Princeton to not wear any orange or Princeton apparel. Especially if you aren’t an actual university student, alumni or related to an alum (i.e. 90% of the PHS kids at reunions) that Princeton gear will not only look fly but it will help make your high school ass seem more believable. This isn’t a must, but definitely a plus. Furthermore, if you’re wearing an over 21 band, dress like you’re over 21! This does not mean go shopping at Forever 21.
3.) WALK LIKE YOU BELONG THERE
You don’t actually belong there but they don’t need to know that. Just remember that you could just as easily be a child of an alum or a guest of a Princeton student as you could be some entitled PHS kid who dropped $100 bucks on a band for the weekend: choose to embody the former, because the latter will get you kicked out. Walk into the tent like this is your reunion and it will be.
4.) MEET NEW PEOPLE
Take this how you will. A great part of reunions is that you are going to meet people you have probably never seen before. University students past and present will be there, from more universities than just Princeton. This means that you probably won’t see them again and can be as weird, fun, or slutty as you want. Even better are the PHS alums who roll through. Wanna hook up with your peer group leader- do it. Want to tell your senior crush from freshmen year that you’re super into them- do it. Do all of it. Just be careful who you meet and make sure a buddy always knows where you are.
5.) DON’T BE STUPID
Don’t do some dumb shit like photocopying a band and risk an arrest, sooooo not worth the aggravation. If you don’t have a band already and plan on the “sneak-in” method, be careful! I know that this year they are super cracking down on stuff like this, and every year it’s only going to get more intense. Worst comes to worst climb a fence, but prepare to be arrested and detained. Other dumb things to avoid: Standing out in the open drinking beer, standing around in groups with your pre-pubescent looking friends, vomiting on an actual alum, getting into a fight, dying, etc.
6.) BE REDY TO DO IT ALL AGAIN
This is not a one day thing. If you are going out all nights we are talking Thursday-Sunday, so hydrate. Drink water morning and night prepping your body and mind for what is to come. Pace yourself the first few days and make sure to sleep in as late as needed so you can make the most of the night. Remember to eat! You’ll feel better if it isn’t Haven but instead Whole Earth. Take care of yourself and have fun! Make the most of these few nights because you won’t see them again until next year.
PICTURE CREDITS: Princeton Alumni Weekly
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