How to Navigate the College Dating Scene

Published On April 12, 2016 | By Kathlene Brasel | Dating

There’s nothing quite like the college dating scene. Everyone is so busy with school, work and extracurricular activities. However, hormones are always running high amongst college coeds, so there always seems to be time for flirtation when you find someone who’s really worth it. That said, it can be hard to know exactly who is worth your time and who is only going to make your life more stressful and complicated.

If you go to a major college, like University of Southern California, then you have plenty of opportunity to play the field – but do you want to? Finding love while you’re in college can be tricky, but it’s all about knowing what you want and knowing how to communicate those interests. Here is how to navigate the college dating scene.

Know What You Want

It can be hard to know what you want if you don’t have a lot of dating experience. Although, it can really help to talk to a lot of your friends and learn from their experiences. Talk to friends who have had a lot of casual dating experience and also talk to friends who have been in very serious relationships, and talk about everything in between. What you want might change over time and it may change depending on each person that you’re with, but finding that out is part of the fun when you’re dating.

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Know Where to Look

Once you know what you’re looking for in a partner, it’s time to start looking for the type of person that you want to be with. If you are looking for something more casual, then you might want to utilize some of the major dating apps that are out there. If you don’t like dating apps, then you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to meet other coeds at different college parties.

However, if you prefer something more serious, there are some more serious dating websites that you can definitely use in order to meet people who are looking for more than just a hookup. Or you can join clubs and other organizations on campus where you can meet other likeminded people.

Be Communicative

Once you do start talking and flirting with someone you like, you want to be very direct and articulate about what you are looking for so neither of you ending up wasting your time. You also want to encourage your crush to talk about exactly what they are looking for, and while you may be open to accommodating a bit of what the other person wants as long as you don’t compromise too much on your needs. With all of that said, though, you don’t want to overwhelm somebody with too much serious talk too soon. Follow your instincts on timing.

Be Yourself

Above all, you want to remember to always be yourself. If you find yourself changing who you are for the sake of someone else, or engaging in activities that go against your own personal morals, then you definitely want to rethink your relationship and whether or not you’re getting what you want from it. More often than not, it will be obvious if you’re trying to be the person that you think somebody else wants you to be, and it’s not an attractive quality. So be yourself and it will be clear right away if you are compatible or not with the other person.

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