1. There is No Need to be in a Serious Relationship
College is supposed to be about having fun and bettering yourself. It can be easy to fall into a relationship with the wrong person out of convenience, but do NOT get serious unless you are positive that is what you BOTH are looking for.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Keep it Casual
Your college schedule can keep you very busy. Casual relationships are perfect if you can’t (or do not want to) devote a large amount of time to one individual.
3. Be Yourself
This is cliche, but also super important. You may feel the need to change yourself to be in a relationship with a person, but if this is the case you need to BACK OUT! Thousands of people around you are single, there is more than one that will accept you for who you are.
4. Set Firm Boundaries
It may seem like everyone around you is hooking up, but statistically speaking, this is not the case. If you want to just hook up, feel free (USE PROTECTION), but if you aren’t looking for that be up front about it. You will save yourself a headache or two if you are honest with your intentions.
5. High School Sweethearts
I know that many of you think that you and your high school sweetheart are going to be together forever, but I’m going to have to rain on your parade. You will both change significantly throughout college, and along the way, don’t be surprised when your high school sweetheart is a completely different person.
6. Long Distance Relationships
Unless you are heavily invested, there is no need to be in a long distance relationship. Sure, it is nice to have someone there for you, but you will miss out on a million new opportunities if you are being held down by someone hundreds of miles away.
7. Cheating is Different to Each Person
Hooking up at a party is not the only way to cheat on someone. Make sure that you are not doing anything that you wouldn’t want your significant other doing!
8. Don’t be Afraid to Get Out
If a relationship is no longer working for you, don’t be afraid to end it. I know it can be hard to tell someone you are no longer interested, but it is unfair to both of you if you stay in a relationship that doesn’t make you happy.
9. Proximity is Key
For convenience sake, you may want to date someone who lives in your building or who is in the same club as you, but this is dangerous territory. If you can avoid it, try to date people who are outside of your circle.
10. Being Poor
In all likelihood, you and your date are both broke, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time. Try finding something free to do like going to a park or a fair. There are tons of campus activities that will keep you from begging for meals from your friends.