By Danielle Brooks |Staff Writer|
Some go to college looking to find their future spouse while the rest are enjoying the single life looking to have a good time.
“College students prefer short-term, casual relationships over long-term relationships because it allows them to focus on their academic and career goals,” according to an article by Heather Fishel from campusexplorer.com.
“I’m perfectly okay with being single right now. I’m young and I just want to make the best of my college experience and not let anyone get in the way of it,” said student Cheyenne Crawford.
Since many students would prefer to stay away from committed relationships, it can be difficult for people to find a significant other during their college career.
“You can’t look for ‘the one.’ They just kind of appear naturally. There’s no big flashing sign saying ‘pick me.’
You still have to go on dates and make sure you can be comfortable and your absolute self with them without listening to your hungry, hungry hormones,” said student Melanie King.
With over 18,000 students attending CSUSB, you would think that it would be easy to find your soul mate, but “one-third of college seniors have been on fewer than two dates,” according to Fishel.
“Don’t move too fast with anything. Travis [boyfriend] and I met at CSUSB five months before we went on our first real date and I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” added King.
Based off the interviews I held, most students in their twenties aren’t even familiar with the term “going steady” or the use of promise rings.
“Many of my friends don’t believe in promise rings. They mean different things to different people. However, it means the world to me. I love the commitment factor, it’s not like an engagement ring, but it means I am in this for the long haul,” said student Amanda Flood.
Social media is becoming a huge factor in dating, whether it’s meeting someone through a dating site or a nasty break up due to your significant other posting something they shouldn’t have.
“I think that social media is a curse and a blessing. It’s cool because you can connect with people that live far away from you, but it sucks at the same time because it’s the reason for lots of break-ups and accusations of cheating,” added Flood.
Dating in college can be casual but if it turns into a committed relationship it can become stressful.
“It’s cool to date in college, but being in a relationship is a different story. College is a time to experiment and figure yourself out,” said student David Barreto.
Whether you’re tied down or riding solo, happily in a serious relationship or disappointed about being single, your college career will be some of the best years of your life, so make every second count.