Prep your dorm room
The first step in getting ready for Parents Weekend is to prepare your dorm room. While most parents are likely attune to the realities of college life, some still remain willfully and blissfully ignorant. For freshman whose parents fit this latter category, we suggest doing an extensive sweep of your dorm room to get rid of any incriminating material.
First and foremost, hide the alcohol. Your parents’ confidence in your competency will not be reinforced by the sight of illicit substances strewn across the floor. Transfer your alcohol to nondescript water bottles, or just invite your friends over to your room and finish all the alcohol before your parents arrive. Don’t clean your room too well however– that unidentifiable lingering odor will be your best tool in getting your parents out of your dorm room quickly before they have had any time to look around.
Friday and Saturday Nights- Do's and Dont's
Your parents, in their desire to spend time with you, will most likely wish to extend family bonding time into the evening hours. It is important to carefully navigate this stretch from 9 p.m. to midnight, lest your parents be exposed to the horrors of weekends in a college town. First, freshmen should avoid taking their parents to Felipe’s after 9. Although those burritos may be tempting, the intoxicated students streaming up to the rooftop bar isn’t a sight that you want your parents to witness. Tasty Burger should also be avoided after 10 p.m. at all costs.
Instead, start the night off by taking your parents to Annenberg once so that they’ll feel bad enough to buy you meals at actual restaurants for the rest of the weekend. Finally, stay off Mount Auburn Street after 10. The sight of people stumbling down the Mount Auburn will provoke a conversation that you really don’t want to have: “Oh, you don’t go to these parties when we’re not around, right?
Remember, freshmen: this weekend is all about pretending your room is in fact this clean all the time and lamenting about how much you miss homemade food (read: please stock up my fridge with Whole Foods and also take me out to every meal so I have leftovers for the rest of this week).