Attending and hosting parties in college is all part of the “college experience.” It’s how you meet people who aren’t in your classes or residence hall, and with a new-found independence, college parties will always top the best high school parties. Here are three essential tips for organizing a party as a college fresher.

Always Have A Wing(wo)man
Whether you’re hosting or attending, it’s so important to have a go-to person—remember the buddy system in elementary school? You and your wing(wo)man should have each other’s backs at all times, from avoiding award situations to stopping each other from having too much to drink.

Have An Open Mind
High school was all about fitting in, in college, everyone should be given an equal chance to fit in. It’s important to break free from the judgmental cliquey shell in college; meet new people, invite people you might not have otherwise talked to. Being a welcoming host will not only make you feel good, but will guarantee that others have a good time, too.

Always Finish Homework First
We don’t want to sound like your parents, but we promise that you won’t regret getting your homework done before throwing a party. It can be super tempting to get ready early and pregame with your friends. However, doing so means that you’ll end up having to do your homework the next day. This may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re tired and suffering the consequences of your drink count in the morning, homework is the last thing you’ll want to do. Just get it done, then you can have fun all weekend.