One-night stand – Hooking up with someone for one night of sex with no strings
attached and hoping to never see them again.
That awkward moment when you wake up in a stranger's bed after a night on the
One-night stands are a part of the college hook-up culture. Most people consider a
one-night stand to typically involve two people who don’t know each other having
sexual relations. What most people have come to realize in their college experience, however,
is that one-night stands also involve years of awkward moments when you run into
the other person on campus, or worse, in the real world.
For the most part though, one-night stands are experiences that people tend to
put in their past and draw some wisdom from. What I want to clarify is that some
of these jaunts do not end as well as others. I think it’s important to start off the
semester discussing how to go about having safe one-night stands, should the
opportunity present itself to you, and knowing the risks and rewards associated with
having casual sex.
If you know you are going home with someone and you are extremely intoxicated,
skip that last rail. Be sober enough to know what you’re doing, and make the right
If you see someone in the bar that you want to get naked with, don’t cling to him or
her all night. That’s annoying, and your chances of going home with them are slim to
Don’t leave the second the deed is done but certainly do not overstay your welcome. Feel it out. Ask for numbers if they seem interested.
Use a freakin’ condom.
But seriously, it is crucial that you protect yourself and your partner. Because many
of these escapades begin with a few too many drinks, you should be sure that you
are in the habit of using protection to greatly reduce your risk of getting an STD.
When you are at the bar, I sincerely doubt that your pre-sexytime discussion is
about any possible sexually transmitted diseases either of you may have. This means
that the only way to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and/or STDs is a
Wrap it up before you tap it up, people.
But OK, let's say you didn’t use protection. What now? You should be aware of the
resources that campus has to offer. Virginia Tech has done an incredible job making
protecting yourself easy and accessible. For example, Schiffert Health Center offers a
variety of tests that can help you detect any sexually transmitted diseases early on.
If you’re concerned about pregnancy, you should visit Schiffert or your local
pharmacy. Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill is an option that can prevent
unwanted pregnancy when your birth control fails. In addition, you can also go to
Schiffert and receive 25 spermicidal condoms for only $5.
While I completely condone experimentation and fun, I hope that you will use the
resources Tech has to offer when necessary. Think about it before you leave with
someone, ask a friend if you’re making a smart choice and then be safe when you’re
getting down and dirty. With only a few guidelines to follow, you could make your
next one-night stand something you and your friends laugh about for years.