WHY I STAY IN AT COLLEGE- sincerelykenz

Believe it or not, you don’t have to go out and get plastered every night to have a good time in college. Trust me, I am living proof and I say this with confidence.


Going out on a Friday, Saturday (or any day really) night isn’t my cup of tea. I am much more content spending my night sitting in bed relaxing or hanging out with some friends.


I don’t have anything against people who do go out ,but, do have a little soft spot in my heart for those who don’t. So, my fellow “stayer inners”, this one is for you.


Here are some things that I have learned since beginning to stay in during college:


1.Alone Time

Alone time is good! I have found that alone time is essential in college or you’ll literally go insane. Usually on a Friday or Saturday night campus is completely dead. Not too many people are around because everyone is out. This is where alone time comes in. Taking some time to be with yourself, gather your thoughts and relax is awesome. It is a huge stress reliever and something that I think is very important when you’re constantly surrounded by people in the college setting.


Just because I don’t go out doesn’t mean I do absolutely nothing all night. Being alone calls for a decrease in distractions. Which, In turn, leads to a lot more of the things you want to get done, getting done. I get a TON of homework done on the nights that I stay in.

3. Feeling Great

One of my favorite things about not going out in college is that I can get up and go the next morning. No hangovers to hold me back or keep me from wanting to leave my bed. I’m a big morning person, and have most of my energy at that time of day. Being able to get up with ease is something that makes me purely happy.

4. Health

I try and go to the gym every day. How annoying do you think it would feel to have all of the hard work that you did at the gym all week taken away from you? This is exactly what going out does to you. The calories that come along with drinking (or buying pizza at 2 a.m. after drinking… ha) just aren’t worth it.  Knowing that spending a Friday night out is just leaving behind all of the hard work that I did at the gym that week is one of the biggest reasons why I hate going out.

5. More Than Meets The Eye

Beginning to stay in rather than go out every weekend in college has taught me that there is much more to college than just the drinking culture. While going out and having fun is a HUGE part of most college student’s lives, it isn’t for me, and that’s perfectly fine. After all, you’re paying for an education- not to drink every night.


What’s your take on staying in or going out in college? How do you spend most of your weekend nights at school?


  • LOVED this post! I rarely went out in college, I would spend time with friends at lunch and girls night etc but I never saw the point of wasting my time and education on partying. I’m so glad I took that path

    La Belle Sirene

  • Omg Kenzie, this post is the best! I’m totally one to stay in too. Every time I go out (aka once in a blue moon), at the end of the night I ask myself, “Would I have rather stayed home and watched Netflix/read/worked on my blog/etc” and the answer is almost always yes haha
    Great post!

  • The times when I stayed in though college were some of my most productive weekends! Xoxo Mindy

  • mQs

    You make such a great point! I definitely like to balance going out and staying in. Especially since being 21 is quite expensive lol.


  • Really nice post!! More people should know about this!! I loved staying in and getting work done instead of getting crazy all the time

  • Thank you for this. I am given such a hard time by a lot of people for not wanting to go out on the weekends and get trashed. To me, Netflix, pizza, and my bed sound a lot more inviting!

  • This was definitely me in college! I went out a lot my freshman year, and then preferred to stay in with Dave or my close friends and hang out!

  • Hannah Madison

    Your grades and education are the most important, you go girl! 🙂

    Hannah from HMS Jewels

  • Molly O’Connor

    Oh my gosh PREACH we are the EXACT same. I usually spend my Thursday nights at La Madeline or a coffee shop until it closes eating and working, Friday night taking a chill night and Saturday night usually working again! I’m so busy during the week I need nights to either relax or catch up/get ahead! Going out and ruining the next day just isn’t worth it


  • Ashley

    This was SO me in college! After a long, stressful week of school, my favorite way to spend a weekend was a low-key few days lounging, eating good food and spending good quality time with my besties.

    xo Ashley

  • Being an introvert in college, I definitely enjoy my nights in. While I do go out from time to time, I find that I feel SO much better come Monday when I spend my weekends “in.” I absolutely hate waking up with a hangover, so I try to avoid it as much as I can. I would rather spend a night in with a good book or a movie and wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to go, rather than in bed all day. Such a great post! Always good to feel as though we aren’t alone 😉

  • I love having my alone time and nights in! I do like to go out, but not often, and I always need a refresh to sit back and relax

  • I don’t think you have to justify why you love nights in, everyone is different and that is okay! I think focusing on school and your health is great. I spent many more nights in than nights out in college. I think everyone has their own balance.

  • This is so true at any stage of life, and I wish more people in college realized that! It’s a personal choice and you have every right in the world to do what makes you happy. You go girl!

  • It’s perfectly fine to stay in while in college – do what makes YOU happy.

    Southern Soul

  • nikki

    It’s so nice knowing I’m not the only one who does this a lot! I agree 100%!

  • I’m so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t go out! Your college experience is what you make of it, doing whatever you want!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  • Sierra Bailey

    Amen, girl! According to most people, I’m an old-grump for not going out. However, my roommate and I are always so productive. Staying in has much more charm than meets the eye, and I also feel as if I’m truly able to appreciate my college years because of it.

  • Amanda K

    I only went out a couple times during my freshmen year. I didn’t like being out all hours of the night because I had to be up early the next morning for work and then class right after. It’s better to focus on school anyways. Why let your money go to waste?
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Kristine Circenis

    I have also come to thoroughly enjoy spending nights in while in college. I’ve found that I value quality sleep and time to unwind much more than I value a late night out.

  • Love this! Some of my best nights at college have been nights where I’ve stayed in and watched Netflix with pals or went to see a school comedian or play. At first I felt like I had to force myself to go out and I didn’t get why I didn’t enjoy it but then I came to terms that it just wasn’t me. So glad seeing girls who feel the same.

    paige • eyeliner wings & pretty things