COED MAGAZINE AUGUST 2006 BY JULIA ALLISON When I began my freshman year, I read a little book called “Making the Most Out of College.” It featured dozens of upperclass students and recent grads giving advice on various topics: grades, professors, dating, extracurriculars.The specifics were almost irrelevant, because all echoed an identical sentiment: “If I had only known then what I know now.” News flash: You will feel this way in four years no matter what you do.Here are 5 things that seniors have learned about college dating; freshmen and freshmen-to-be, take note! If someone asks you out, it’s a good idea to accept, even if you wouldn’t normally give him or her a chance. Take a chance and say yes to the girl who’s always reading on the quad. Opening yourself up to people you wouldn’t typically date or hang out with might surprise you.It’ll give you the chance to meet interesting people – and you’ll definitely go on some memorable dates.
Find out where the hot spots are each night of the week(end), and make sure to show up every once in a while.When tempted to engage in “dormcest,” remind yourself that you’re going to have to face him – as well as everyone else on your floor, because they’re going to find out – for the rest of the year, no matter how good or bad your hook-up was.Just because he’s sitting alone and doesn’t speak to anyone in the class doesn’t mean he’s a total lunatic. The new guys seemed so cute, and your love life seemed so full of possibilities.But soon you knew all their names, who was cool, and who was weird.The question is, how much will you suffer in the meantime?