I can't lie; I fully expected my experience at the Old School Hip-Hop Party - hosted by O-GEE - to be a disaster. First of all, it was pouring down rain when I left my house at 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Driving on the highway at night already makes me uneasy, even when the skies are clear.

I can't lie; I fully expected my experience at the Old School Hip-Hop Party - hosted by O-GEE - to be a disaster. First of all, it was pouring down rain when I left my house at 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Driving on the highway at night already makes me uneasy, even when the skies are clear.

When I got to the dark nightclub inside Copious, I was convinced coming alone was a mistake. The crowd was divided into couples or medium-sized groups at the bar, on the crimson-lit dance floor and around the circular tables in the room. I needed a game plan.

I struck up a conversation with another solitary woman, and that decision changed the course of the entire night for me. I found out my new companion is originally from North Carolina and studies public health in graduate school at OSU. She is actually the first Columbus resident I've met who has expressed dissatisfaction with the city - particularly the dating and social scenes.

She spotted three friends and we both agreed that attaching ourselves to them would be our best bet for surviving the night. The group included a fashionable girl with dark lipstick, a guy who'd spent most of his day at a lake house and another guy who turned out to be a really great dancer. They were all very friendly and fun.

The music was excellent; DJs spun a variety of hip-hop hits, mostly from the '90s. My adopted group of friends and I sang and danced along to songs like "Doo-Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill, "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe and "I Get Around" by 2Pac.

Two drinks later, we moved right to the front of the packed crowd by the DJs, and the party was elevated. I rapped the lyrics to numerous songs, including "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Shoop," until my voice was hoarse. I danced without a care, and had some pretty awesome partners. I'm continually impressed with men in Columbus who know how to lead. I had to walk away from one twerk-happy guy, though.

I surprised myself by showing off moves from TLC's "Creep" video in the middle of a circle of people. I also had fun doing the signature dance from Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" video with other girls, though I'm sure my performance left much to be desired.

Before the night was over, I posed for pictures with my group members and added them on Facebook. I learned I'm capable of making friends in new places if I have to, but I hope to come back to the club with a crew next time.