Partying In Merced: The Thin Line Between Fun And Disaster

Oct. 7, 2013 / By

Photo: Alyssa Castro

Photo: Alyssa Castro

By Alyssa Castro

As I walk into a random house I’m greeted by smiling faces. All around me are friends, united in a common purpose — to have a good time, by any means necessary.

Reality escapes me and I’m lost in the moment. I soon regain my confidence to be social so I begin to circle the room, looking for new people to meet, a drink to fill my cup or something to smoke. As I walk around I notice a crowd of people surrounding a game of “beer pong” while others, smoking and drinking alcohol, are spread throughout the room.

The hours pass by and I lose track of what I’ve consumed. My want to socialize begins to wear off, and this tingling sensation in the back of my head begins to take control. I wander through the rooms, looking for an exit from this house filled with dozens of young people. I find the backyard. I’m leaning against the wall for support as everything around me begins to spin and I lean over. My stomach is clenching and I begin to vomit.

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Merced and its surrounding areas have always had a vibrant population of young people. Unfortunately, too often there is a disconnect between generations that can lead to misunderstandings and a lack of communication. WeCed's aim through its program and publication is to highlight and empower youth to tell their stories and that of their communities, while providing them with the guidance and skill-building necessary to foster the development of their strongest possible voice.