The Ups And Downs Of College Relationships, As Told By Your Most Binge-Worthy Romantic Comedies

The Ups And Downs Of College Relationships, As Told By Your Most Binge-Worthy Romantic Comedies

Many students can relate to characters in films where finding love is both a challenging and hilarious quest.


There are many crazy and funny moments that happen during college. Making friends, networking with possible future employers, and developing new relationships is part of the experience at any university. There is no doubt the journey to finding love is exciting, stressful, and fun. Here are 10 moments when characters in romantic comedies perfectly described college relationships.

1. When asked if you want to go with a friend to an event that you do not like

At some point during your time at college, you will be invited to a party, recreational activity, or university event by a classmate or close friend. Although they are interested in wanting to hang out, the feelings that you have (depending on how you feel about the person or the location of the activity) might not be the same. If you do not feel comfortable or interested in spending time with this person, do not act like mean girls, and just politely decline.

2. That moment when you cannot understand how a girl really feels about you

It is simple for girls to have conversations with each other since they seem more comfortable sharing their emotions and secrets with other girls. However, when a guy is talking with a girl, it is more difficult trying to comprehend how they really feel. While girls are beautiful inside and out, smart, talented, and hardworking, they are also hard to understand at times. Asking questions (nothing too personal) and sharing memories that made you happy, upset, and scared are the best ways to get to know a girl. Revealing the ugly truth and developing a connection might lead to a long-term relationship.

3. When you go on a date to a new restaurant and you are asked how the food is

It is difficult being honest when it comes to going someplace for the first time, especially for a date. Whether it is a restaurant, movie, or another event, you will usually pretend that everything is good so you do not upset the person that is with you (unless everything was amazing) and continue with the conversation. This might look like a friendship, but it could be love actually, and having funny or awkward moments is part of building a strong relationship.

4. When you meet a girl for the first time and tell her a story, joke, or pick up line

Approaching a girl can be stressful at first because you do not want to say or do something embarrassing. Since making a girl laugh is a key factor, this will make guys want to impress her with a story, joke, or pick up line (be careful with that one) to get a smile or chuckle. While learning about the tips and advice in order to win a girl's attention and heart is a result of crazy, stupid, love (being yourself is also a good option), having meaningful conversations and finding similar interests is one of the best ways to develop a connection with a girl.

5. The moment when you really like someone but they only see you as a friend

While hanging out with or speaking with a person that you like spending your time with (and want to further your relationship with), it is possible that you might get put in the terrifying friendzone. In order get out of this place, it will require impressing her with your intelligence and personality. Being motivated, acting positive, and treating the other person with respect might cause her to see you as more than just a friend. Valentine's Day is a good opportunity to express how you feel via a card or gift (do not just use text or emojis) and let them know you want to spend the holiday with them. If things go well, start looking for a place to go on dates.

6. When you are talking to your crush and finally admit your feelings for them

There will be a time during a friendship where you will admit to your crush the feelings that you have. After hanging out with them for a while (going to movies or events on campus), this is something that will be brought up at some point. The reaction that you will get in response will be different. This all depends on how you treated each other as friends and whether or not you showed interest in the other person. Either the relationship will go off without a hitch or you will experience some problems, but it does not hurt to try anyway.

7. That feeling when you get when your crush sends you a text message

College students are always connecting with each other on social media. They try finding their friends on Facebook and keeping track of each other's lives via Instagram or Snapchat. However, getting a message response from someone you really like is a blessing. While getting their phone number, planning dates, and maintaining a relationship is no easy A, this is a challenge that you might consider not giving up on.

8. Realizing you made plans to have lunch but you both cannot decide where

After making plans to have lunch with your crush, there is a problem that might occur when seeing them in person, minutes or an hour after sending a text to confirm. If you are on campus and then decide to meet them at a certain location before heading somewhere to eat, one of the things you might stress over is choosing where to go. Try to understand each other's interests and needs before coming to a reasonable solution (also remember to write them down in a notebook or reminder in your phone) because learning to overcome disagreements is part of strengthening a possible relationship.

9. The moment when you find out that your crush likes animals

After having a long and meaningful conversation with someone who you want to know more about and discovering that they also love animals (does not matter which type), then this is certainly some good news. In some relationships, potential significant others must love dogs or cats, but it is not mandatory. This is a great subject to discuss because if you have a pet you can talk about their names, the breed, and fun facts about them. If there is a park in the area, perhaps you can bring your dogs there. Not only are animals cute, but they could also play a role in jump-starting a relationship.

10. When you find out that someone you like is not ready for a new relationship

You must always be prepared if the person you like went through a breakup and is not ready to begin a new relationship. The best thing you can do is wish them well, but remain friends with the person, and hope that you can develop chemistry over time. It might be difficult at first to accept rejection, but the important thing is that you tried and can learn that everything will okay. Even though it might feel like 500 days of summer, the weeks we have off from college does go by fast, and using this time, especially during the spring and summer (if you are not already graduating) to improve as a human being will be beneficial, and perhaps the person who might not have seemed interested in you before might have a different change of heart the next time they see you.

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An Open Letter To My Boyfriend's Mom

A simple thank you is not enough.

Your son and I have been dating a while now and I just wanted to thank you for everything.

Wow, where do I start? Ever since the day your son brought me into your home you have shown me nothing but kindness. I have not one negative thought about you and I am truly thankful for that. I first and foremost want to thank you for welcoming me with open arms. There are horror stories of mothers resenting their son's girlfriends and I am blessed there is no resentment or harsh feelings.

Thank you for treating me like one of your children, with so much love but knowing exactly when to tease me.

Thank you for sticking up for me when your son teases me, even though I know it’s all in good fun it's always comforting knowing you have someone by your side.

Thank you for raising a man who respects women and knows how to take responsibility of mistakes and not a boy who is immature and doesn’t take responsibility.

Thank you for always including me in family affairs, I may not be blood family but you do everything you can to make sure I feel like I am.

Thank you for letting me make memories with your family.

There is nothing I value more in this world then memories with friends and family and I am thankful you want and are willing to include me in yours. I have so much to thank you for my thoughts keep running together.

The most important thing I have to thank you for is for trusting me with your son. I know how precious and valuable he is and I won't break his heart. I will do everything I can to make him happy. This means more than you could ever imagine and I promise I will never break your trust.

The second most important thing I must thank you for is for accepting me for who I am. Never have you ever wished I looked like another girl or acted like another girl. You simply love and care for me and that’s all I could ever ask. Every person in this world is a unique different person and understanding that means a lot.

The third most important thing I must thank you is teaching me how to one day in the future treat a potential girlfriend that I may interact with as a mother. I am not a mother, but I one day plan to be. If I ever have a son it is because of how you treated me that I am able to be a humble loving mother to this new face that could one day walk into my door. How you have treated me has taught me how I should one day be in the future and I thank you for that.

This may seem all over the place but that’s how my brain gets when I try and thank you for everything you have done for me. It’s all so much and even the little things are so important so I promise my scattered thoughts are all with good intentions and not meant to bombard you. I just want to get the idea across to you that you are important and special to me and everything you do does not go unnoticed.


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Thanks To The Jonas Brothers, I Never Regret Not Dating A Teenage Boy

Ya'll made it drama free.


All thanks to three guys from New Jersey, I never regret not having a boyfriend in Middle or High School. I started listening to the Jonas Brothers when I was in 6th grade. I was awkward, I wanted to fit in simply because I was the minority in my mostly white school district. I also wanted to feel more independent since I was reaching the ripe age of 13.

Eventually, certain things came to me where I was able to gain that independence. I had no problem talking to certain adults simply because I would just be myself, and they would have absolutely no issue with it. Then came Nick, Kevin, and Joe. They already had one album out called 'It's About Time', and too contrary belief became a classic for them to date. Eventually, as they made their approach to the Disney Channel, their popularity increased more and more. Soon enough, everyone knew of them. Even if they didn't even listen to their music, they still knew about them.

I was what you called the stereotypical 'fangirl.' I was overly protective of them whenever I would hear any guy in school call them 'gay' 'ugly' or 'untalented'. In fact, I'm very thankful that social media was not as big yet. I could not imagine going off as much as I would imagine. But there were other ways to vent. I still had some of my friends relate, but even with that, a good portion of them would tell me to stop being obsessed with them. But that only allowed my obsession to grow.

Everything that they did was a news update for me. I had to keep up with them ALL the time, no matter what the condition was. I had to know what they were doing every single day. Okay, not to a point of stalking but you get the picture. My point is that no other boy mattered at the time other than them. Joe was my favorite one so I had to keep up with him the most. Especially when he was dating someone. Yes, I will admit that some of Joe's exes were not my favorite, yet I shipped the hell out of the other ones. But I will say now that as a grown woman I am no longer interfering with his relationship. I was always wondering what it would be like to even go on a date around that age.

I never went on one considering how weird teenage boys truly are. Some of them want a girlfriend simply just to have one, and others just had their hormones go all nuts. The reason why I wasn't heavy on dating during that time was simply that I was trying to focus on myself and who I truly was. I did not want to deal with any of the drama that came with a relationship because I had a lot more than I needed to worry about.

Yes, did I want a guy that I thought was hot to date me of course! But it turns out looking back on it, I'm grateful that I decided to not give him the time of day. Considering that nowadays he's not exactly the right person to be with anyway. Even in general, I'm glad I never had to worry about fighting with another girl about another guy. A total complete waste of time, and not worth sacrificing anything.

I realized that there was so much more to life than just having a guy like you. Even if you did get those weird feelings every time he was around. Also if it was the other way around where a guy liked you, and you just didn't like him back. What a complicated web the teenage years hold. But back to the Jo-Bros. I'm grateful that these guys were in my life because it distracted me from the realities of how teenage boys truly are. You know, the ones that don't sing to you and tell you-you're beautiful every five seconds.

I'm grateful for all the memories that I had with these guys, especially making endless books and PowerPoint presentations on why I loved them so much. Although I'll still keep up with them once in a blue moon, it doesn't mean that I'll forget my first love. Just because I'm not in a room where they've plastered all over the walls anymore, doesn't mean that I didn't cherish those times when I would beg my mom to get me the latest teen magazine. If they were not in it, I didn't want it! Plain and simple everyone remembers their first teen crush. But I'm grateful that these three brothers allowed me to not get distracted by the teen dating scene. Also, I think it helped out my father as well.

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