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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

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Are You Making Friends or Drinking Buddies?

If you think you have to party to meet people and make friends at Viterbo, think again. These results from an October 2004 survey show how Viterbo students really meet people and make friends:

  • 66 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was in classes or while involved in class projects.
  • 62 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was in the resident halls.
  • 15 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was in club activities.
  • 9 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was at a work study or other job.
  • 9 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was through freshmen orientation.
  • 9 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was through intramurals or college sports.
  • 4 percent indicated one of the top two ways they met their best friends at Viterbo was through church or campus ministry activities.
  • 9 percent indicated they met people through ways not mentioned on the survey-at a fitness center, in the cafeteria, in the library, through tutoring, at a community service job, in the computer lab, in high school, at the supermarket, etc.

How about dating?

On the same October 2004 survey mentioned above, students were asked about dating relationships. Most students (61 percent) reported not being in a serious dating relationship - you don't have to be part of a couple to have fun in college. Of the 39 percent who reported being in a serious dating relationship, here are the ways they reported meeting their significant other:

  • 6 percent reported meeting in classes.
  • 8 percent reported meeting at work.
  • 15 percent reported friends introduced them.
  • 24 percent reported meeting in high school.
  • 43 percent reported meeting in unique ways--a bus ride to New York…a neighbor's bonfire, a community theatre production…a service trip…the orientation dance…the county fair…a blind date, etc.
  • Only 4 percent of those surveyed reported meeting the person they are seriously dating at a party or bar.