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Nightlife High 

I graduated from high school 10 years ago, yet doesn't it feel like we're still in high school at times? Especially when we go out. There are things in life I guess we never graduate from, such as partying. We just don't have to use fake IDs anymore.

But seeing as how we have graduated from adolescence to adults, and I've outgrown my training bra (barely), I have figured out some ways to make nightlife seem less like a high school dance. Class is now in session ...

1. Don't gossip. Just like you don't want to talk business socially, avoid talk about other people's business. Perhaps rumors start nowadays because the music is so loud in clubs. Someone says, "Brittney moved into a new house" and through the static telephone connection, it gets transcribed as "Brittney slept with Eddie House." Just hit the Ignore button on the gossip telephone and enjoy the music. After all, Charlotte has a lot of good DJs -- DJ Complete, Rowshay and Supa Skip, to name a few. Although it seems my rumored sex life is far more active and exciting than my actual one.

2. Don't click with the cliques. Cliques have graduated from gathering at lunch tables to forming entire genres of bars. But is the VIP the popular crowd? In high school, pretty and athletic people were usually the popular ones, which is standardly the same in Charlotte nightlife. But there's also the wealthy ones who spend a lot of money in clubs to overcompensate for having been a dork in high school.

3. Don't be a fickle fad follower. The Homecoming King and Queen of the scene changes faster than a class can graduate. It seems like every month there is a new "it" club. Even I'm guilty of treating Forum and Alley Cat like the outcasts.

4. Avoid college nights and places where 18-year-olds are allowed in. No need to say anything more about that.

The point of high school is to educate and prepare us for the real world. Now that we've learned that there really is no such thing as the real world, the least we could do is have fun staying young.

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