Hey, it’s Amanda again. I’m glad you are interested in learning more of my story.
In my last post, I told you how my entire class had been invited to a huge graduation party thrown by one of the most popular girls in school. As a rule, I never went to parties. I was too busy with school or track to do anything frivolous. But with graduation looming near, I was starting to feel like I had missed out on an important part of being a teenager. And the party was after graduation, after all, so it’s not like I had any tests or races coming up. I wanted to go and have just one night of pure fun, and indulgence like all the other kids seemed to do.
Looking back now, I think my lack of experience has something to do with why I made the decisions I made that night. I had never experimented with drugs or alcohol before, had never learned my limits, and had never had to turn down any substances. Maybe if I had been exposed to this earlier on, I would have handled the graduation party differently, or perhaps it was inevitable. Who knows?
One thing I definitely wish I had done differently that might have kept me safe is going to the party with friends. I went alone because again, I was inexperienced and didn’t know at the time that it’s always better to go to parties with other people you trust, especially as a female. You never know what can happen, and it’s always best to have at least one person be the designated sober person to drive and keep an eye on everyone. I didn’t even have a plan for someone to take me home after the party. I can’t imagine what could have happened if I had tried to drive after the party that night.
I also should have eaten and drank a lot of water before the party. I knew I was probably going to have alcohol for the first time, but I was so nervous my stomach was in knots, and I barely ate that day. Drugs and alcohol hit your system harder on an empty stomach, and it’s always helpful and important to stay hydrated.
I had never had sex before, and it had never occurred to me that I might have sex that night, so I hadn’t prepared for that either. I didn’t bring any condoms or other forms of birth control. I really wasn’t ready, entirely.
Don’t be like me, please, be informed, be ready and be conscious. Here you can find some useful tips, you better to read them before going to my next post or your first party =)