Living on campus while attending college forced me to overcome my shyness and opened me up to a ton of new experiences. Dorm life, in itself, was a separate way of living that I still fondly look back on. When I wasn’t in class, I was at the dorms either walking up and down the hall looking for friends, or sitting on my bed with the door open waiting for friends to find me. Once a few of us would gather, we’d come up with ways to entertain ourselves. While blaring and singing Wheatus’s rendition of “A Little Respect” at the top of our lungs (and I mean TOP OF OUR LUNGS) was a fun way to pass time, it did get tiring on the throat, and other alternatives were needed.
One such alternative was The Gallon Milk Challenge. I was hanging out with Delarie, Denisse, and Chrissy one day during my junior year, and somehow, the conversation turned to a fact someone had heard: it was impossible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour. Being the overoptimistic college students we were, we felt we could easily prove that theory wrong. Seriously, how hard could it be to drink a gallon of milk?
We packed into my van to buy 4 gallons of milk and a jar of peanut butter to keep our quench going throughout our endeavor. Upon returning, and clothed in comfy pajama pants (aka regular college attire), we sat circled around the peanut butter in Chrissy’s room, having a great time, and quickly downing that milk. We were having so much fun and were so confident of our success, that we used my mini polaroid camera to take pictures of ourselves chugging our ice cold gallons. I can’t remember how far we got, or who was able to drink the most, but after at least finishing half our gallons, we were way too full and our tummies not too happy.
Soon enough, most (if not all) of us had to traverse across the hall to the restroom where we stood stall-to-stall puking every last bit of our milk into those toilets. I, for one, was amused and laughing in between vomits because the milk was still cold!! In case you’ve never had the opportunity, puking up cold liquids is actually not so horrible.
So, lesson learned, we never tried that again. However, I can’t help but still be curious if anyone has ever been able to achieve such a feat. If you’re up for the challenge and accomplish it, lemme know, yeah?