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How to Meet People When You Want to Start Dating

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

These days more people are turning to sites like match.com and OkCupid for their dating lives. It’s easy to see why, too. In a time when asking Google is quicker and easier, using the internet is very tempting. It’s a quick way to get what you want without a lot of work, and college students are all about shortcuts.

While I respect how each person goes about their personal business, I can’t help but feel that there is one thing we shouldn’t use the internet for: dating. Yes, dating websites have their own success rates, but why pay a monthly fee when you can use your local coffee shop or library for a cheaper rate? Instead of looking to the internet for your next relationship, try one of these five places first.

1) Coffee Shop

See a cutie waiting for their drink? As a conversation starter, ask them what they ordered. What drinks do they recommend? Striking up a conversation can be intimidating, but after the first question, it’s a breeze.

Guy and Girl Ignoring Each other in coffee shop

Photo © Diana Cabral

2) Beach

Whether you’re combing the beach for seashells with a friend, or enjoying a book solo, don’t be afraid to say hi to anyone walking by. If they seem interested in keeping the conversation going, ask them if they live around there.

Girl and Guy Having A Conversation on the Beach

Photo © taxref

3) Traveling

Get lost while sight-seeing? Ask a handsome stranger for directions and some suggestions for places to check out.

Getting Directions

Photo © joy-z

4) Friend of a Friend

This is a great way to meet new people because who knows you better than those you hang out with? Ask your friends to set you up with someone. You can all go on a double date, although it doesn’t even have to be a date, it can just be a “hey you two have this in common, you should meet” hang out session.

Double Dating

Photo © Tahnee O

5) Shopping

Say you’re in the toy aisle shopping for your nephew and you see a guy/girl checking out the same toys. Ask if they recommend a certain game, who they’ve played it with, etc.

Two people shopping in a grocery store

Photo © Men's Fitness

You never know where conversations will lead. Asking people questions about something they seem interested in is a good way to break the ice and, hey, it beats shelling out $20/month for a profile on a dating website. Go give it a try!

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Everyone Does It, But Not Really – College Stereotypes

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Blogger Biography Serena Piper

 

 

 

 

There can be negative assumptions that come with designating a town a “college town.” I feel like some people expect me to act a certain way just because I’m a college student. College students carry a certain stigma; no one wants to be around us.

I used to think I just didn’t “fit in,” but now I know that the negative opinions people have of college students are usually stereotypes and I don’t have to feel bad about anything because I’m not the only person who doesn’t play into the stereotypes. So just in case you think all students are created equal, here are some ways in which they aren’t.

Girl College Student Studying with Books

Photo © geoffduncan

1) We Don’t All Party

If I have a weekend not devoted to getting some big paper taken care of, I like to visit my mom in the next city over. We hike, cook dinner, rent a movie, etc. I’d rather have a date with my mom than a date with a couple of beers.

2) We Don’t All Do “Thirsty Thursdays”.

Contrary to what you might think happens on campus on Thursday evenings, not all college students in your town are running for the bars for $1 beers and tacos. Some of us are at the movie theater, going for a run by the river, or holed up in our apartments drinking hot cider and watching The Big Bang Theory or Grey’s Anatomy.

3) We Don’t All Get Stoned.

True, there are a lot of students who smoke it, but there are also a lot who don’t.

4) We Don’t All Pull All-Nighters.

Some of us – gasp – have mastered the art of balancing school work with internships and part time jobs, thereby enabling us to go to bed at a decent time. But wait, this isn’t just a one-time deal; it’s possible to live like this the whole term!

5) We Don’t All Just Want Sex.

It used to seem like all college guys I talked to just wanted to fool around. I was proved wrong the other day – one admitted he would rather have a relationship than a one night stand.

College Guy Balancing Book On His Head

Photo © Bedford College

It is important to remember not to play into stereotypes. Of course, you could feel free to assume everyone is the same… that way you’ll get a nice surprise when you take the time to get to know people.

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