Your first taste of freedom. A test of responsibility and restraint. The big reveal of your true character — of your innermost self. College. In most cases, it’s the first time students are away from their parents, allowing them to make independent choices and live their lives without being told what to do. Many students take this opportunity to participate in activities that their parents would never dream of approving. Just think — if you had a day to freak out your guardians, what would you do?
Get a Piercing.
Piercings tend to be associated with tattoos, especially since they are often offered at the same places. This is a good, and less intense, way to light a fire under your parents. Get the piercing and stir that initial reaction from your parents that you were looking for. And if you decide you don’t want it anymore, simply take out the piercing and the hole will close over time. Similar to a tattoo, pricing will vary depending on the placement of the piercing, as well as the material it is made from. Oh, and another tip: go to a clean parlor; the last thing you want is angry parents and an infection.
Get a Tattoo.
An obvious option, but sure to cause some trouble. Whether you opt for a small sun on the inside of your pinky finger or the state of Florida tattooed across your rear end, tattoos of any size aren’t typically well received by parents. Depending on the size, placement, intricacy and color of the tattoo, pricing will vary. While it may be fun to get a tattoo to freak out your guardians, remember: they are permanent, so make sure you’re really set on the design. Again, definitely aim to find a clean parlor.
This adrenaline-pumping activity will definitely get a reaction out of your family. Jumping out of a plane at least 8,000 feet above ground is nerve-wracking for anyone, let alone your guardians. At Skydive Miami in Homestead, a jump from this height with an experienced skydiver will cost a pretty penny — $199 to be exact. Higher jumps will cost a bit more. Discounts are offered for large groups.
Go Shark Cage Diving.
A lot of parents may not have any problem with sharks. Cage diving with a shark, however? Definitely not on any parent’s list of safe, family-friendly activities. Although divers are protected by the iron bars of a cage, sharks are still terrifying, especially for anyone who has seen “Jaws.” Miami Shark Tours will allow you to get up close and personal with these terrifyingly beautiful creatures. A trip is limited to six people and costs $195 per person.
Go Hang Gliding.
Hang gliding is basically flying a light, non-motorized aircraft over a short distance. Hang gliders usually take off from a hill or cliff, but since Miami lacks both of those landmarks, hang gliders are dropped from a plane about 1,000 feet above the ground, allowing gliders to see Miami from a birds-eye view. At Miami Hang Gliding Inc., six flights will cost $749.