What are the most popular student activities/groups?
The most important thing to know about drinking/drug use on campus is that Bard is a rare environment where people actually don't care what you are doing or not doing on any given night. For example, if you choose not to drink, either as a life choice or just that particular night, no one is going to pressure you into drinking or make you feel that your decision is somehow wrong. The opposite is also true. On a given weekend, you might find yourself attending a gallery opening with wine and cheese and cultured mingling one night, followed by a crazy packed dance party d.j.'d by a Bard student, someone from NYC or perhaps even a live band of your friends. The following night, you might go to an afternoon soccer game, then a theater/dance performance, then a late dinner party with friends in someone's suite with home-cooked meals. Sunday, you might have rehearsals or reserve that time for the library. If its Spring Fling weekend, there will be events and activities for five straight days of concerts, films, bbq, jumpy castles, and sunbathing on the quad. However, there is a down side to the social scene to be sure: Bardians are notoriously socially awkward and evening having a conversation with someone you don't know can get very uncomfortable very fast. This also makes the dating scene very messy and complicated--we're not that big of a school--and by senior year you know everything about everyone, which means romantic notions about the boy whose carrel is near yours start to rapidly disappear.