By: ANNIE SCALAMBRINO ‘14
We have all heard of “the walk of shame.” Everyone has either experienced it, or has seen an embarrassed walk-of-shamer make their way across campus. It always seems like a good idea at night. You are tired, it may be cold, you live on the other side of campus (God forbid you have to walk 10 minutes back to your room), but in your clouded judgment of the night you must remember, at some point you have to get back to the safety of your own bed. You can do this in one of two ways. Flee in the secret of the night, or in the brightness of the day with everyone sitting in Mather eagerly awaiting your walk.
Guys do not encounter the same problems that women do when facing a walk of shame, as they have the privilege of getting to wear the same clothes out as night as they do during the day-a leisure that allows them to walk unsuspectingly across campus.
Because walk of shames generally are not an issue for guys, I have compiled some tips for us ladies who have it much harder.
1. If you feel comfortable enough with the person, borrow clothes from them. This also gives you a great reason to get their number and (hopefully) see them again.
2. If you want to avoid all morning after awkwardness, wake up first, steal clothes, sneak out.
3. Wake up between the hours (if possible) of 6-9 a.m., as people are never up, so you won’t have to deal with judgmental looks.
4. Take an obscure route back to your dorm.
5. Plan ahead and wear a baggy sweatshirt out that will cover as much of your outfit as possible the next morning.
6. It is great to have friends who live on the route back to your room so you can call them incessantly until they pick up and can give you some normal clothes.
7. If you know you are going to end up in someone’s room, wear jeans out. No need to wear a skirt for easy access since you are going to take your bottoms off anyways!
We all need to realize that this is college and having a nice walk of shame is all part of the experience. We need to embrace our walk of shames and be proud. After all, you stayed the night for a reason so why not embrace it? Make it a walk of pride.