Every College Student Should Consider Being In A Committed Relationship

Every College Student Should Consider Being In A Committed Relationship

Because life is better with a plus-one.
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As college students, we are all encouraged to have fun and enjoy the college lifestyle while we still have it. However, can the college lifestyle involve a committed relationship? From my personal experience, I believe so. Having someone to cuddle up next to after a long day of classes is such a relief. You can throw on a pair of sweats and just spend quality time laughing and enjoying time with your significant other. Even if your day was horrible and you are overwhelmed, you can always count on your loved one to make things just a little less stressful. This kind of love though and commitment is not easy to come by though and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to desperately search for that special someone. In fact, it WILL come to you when you least expect it and that is the honest truth.

Now to talk about the small but significant perks of being in this kind of relationship.

NO worrying what to wear to school or in public because who are you trying to impress?

This is a big one for me especially when I see so many girls trying hard to look their best each morning for school. As I do enjoy doing some nice makeup looks some days, I choose to dress comfortably and casually in oversized hoodies and Uggs. Also, when you do choose to dress up you will have your biggest supporter hyping you up and making you feel beautiful.

Study Dates

Study dates are CRUCIAL to college relationships and it can actually be fun when working alongside someone you love. For me, my boyfriend goes to a different college than me but we are both majoring in History so we often proofread each other’s work and bounce ideas off of each other. Mutually encouraging each other in a relationship to work towards goals such as internships, degrees, and first real jobs is really important to any college-age relationship.

A Plus-One to Everything

From birthday parties, concerts, nights out with friends, and even sadly the occasionally funeral; you will have a date to every event no matter what it may be. In college, there are constantly plans and events either through the school or set up by friends to attend. However, it is much better to establish a group of mutual friends. Then you can spend time with not only your friends but your significant other and not have to choose between them.

As for family events, I suggest depending on circumstances that you try to be part of each other’s holidays and celebrations. Even if you are from different ethnic, racial, or religious background you may be surprised to see how much you may enjoy their customs and traditions. This can also give you some insight into what traditions you may want to carry down one day to your family in the future.

Final Thoughts

In all honesty, I wouldn’t want my college experience any other way. My relationship has continued to propel me forward in all aspects of my life. Making the adjustment into early adulthood is never easy, but having someone by your side who is not only experiencing all the same emotions as you but is also supportive is fortifying. I hope every college student ultimately finds love and the type of partner they most righteously deserve.

Cover Image Credit: Allison Gass

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Why You Should Stop Chasing Him

You deserve better.
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They say “the thrill of the chase" makes someone more enticing. There's just something about wanting something you can't have that drives you crazy (in a good way). There is never a dull moment. Pursuing him is a challenge. Nothing comes easily. What's the fun in that anyway?

I'm going to tell you this: stop chasing him. Stop forgiving him when he forgets to answer your text messages and phone calls. Stop being the one to always make plans. Stop letting him bail on you. Stop waiting around for him. Stop being lied to. Stop making excuses when he doesn't make time for you. There is a difference between someone who is “hard to get" and a flat out jerk who doesn't give you the time of day. Stop letting him use you.

You deserve to be with someone who makes you fall asleep every night in the middle of texting him because neither of you want the conversation to end. You deserve someone who plans dates for the two of you. You deserve someone who asks you to hang out before midnight. You deserve someone who wants to spend time with you just as much as you do with them. You deserve someone who insists on paying for your ice cream. You deserve someone who won't deceive you. You deserve someone who is straightforward. You deserve attention. You deserve affection. You deserve a partnership that is mutual, not one-sided. You deserve to be chased.

You are better than 3 a.m. “Hey" texts. You are better than a night spent watching a movie just to fool around. You are better than trying to decode his vague messages. You are better than his shadiness. You are better than mind games. You are better than being ignored.

If you have to chase him, he's not worth it. Don't settle for someone who makes you beg for his attention. If he is genuinely interested in getting to know you, he will put in the effort. A relationship where your feelings are reciprocated is far more rewarding than one where you constantly feel like you have to drag him along.

Change your mentality. Become more independent. Be confident, be bold. Find happiness in being alone. Don't waste your time pathetically chasing after someone who doesn't feel the same, but doesn't have the heart or the courage to tell you so. Your self-confidence and positivity will make you radiant, and eventually, you will attract the kind of guy who is mature enough to not mess with your head.

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No, Really, He's Just NOT That Into You, Here Are 6 Ways To Know

Stop trying to convince yourself otherwise.

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Ladies, let's be honest with ourselves, we're smart. We know when something's not right or when someone's not feeling us. That gut feeling isn't worry or being anxious — it's an instinct. Use it.

Often when we get that gut feeling, we go to our friends for advice. "He's left me on delivered for three hours but he was active 20 minutes ago," "He said he couldn't hang out tonight because he's busy, even though he said he was free earlier today," "He only asks me to hang out late at night, but he just has a lot going on during the day," and so on.

We sound crazy trying to analyze someone's thoughts and intentions.

Bless our friends' souls, they'll come up with reasons that make SO much sense, and we'll be like "Omg okay you're totally right I just need to chill."

The truth is, although they have the best intentions, our friends aren't doing us any favors by trying to think of plausible excuses. Most of the time our gut feelings are right and instead of trying to settle them we should accept them and move on from there.

If he doesn't do the following things, then he's just not that into you.

1. If he doesn't call or text you first

I'm not saying he always has to be the first one, but it should go both ways. If you realize that the two of you only talk when you initiate it first, he's just not that into you.

2. If you're not a priority 

Hey, quick reminder! If he wants to talk to or be with you, he will.

He will let you know when he can't talk for a while, he will have good energy when you do talk, and he will talk to you whenever he can. You should be with a guy who LOVES talking to you, and I'm not saying you have to talk all day 24/7. If he's constantly talking to other people and leaving you on delivered for hours, you're not a priority.

If he wants to see you, he will see you. People make time for who they want to make time for. Yes, the guy you're seeing does have a life outside of you, but there is a big difference between making time and just fitting you into his time. The right guy will make the effort.

If you find yourself feeling like a convenience and not a priority, he's just not that into you.

3. If he's only asking you to hangout at night

...you're a booty call. If you only hang out at either of your houses, it's just a hookup. Sorry, but it's not that hard to go get coffee or lunch during the day. It's not like he has to pay for everything or take you to a fancy restaurant. If a guy likes you he will want to make actual plans with you. If he doesn't spend time with you during the day, he's just not that into you.

4. If he's actively talking to another girl

"Just Friends" is a tough one because most girls know how both sides of a 'just friends' relationship work. I like having friends that are guys because you can drive around listening to music talking about whatever without listening to a 10-minute rant about how Chad is sending mixed signals. I love my friends that are girls, they're absolutely amazing, but sometimes it's nice to switch things up. My guy friends are friends for a reason and I appreciate them for always being there for me, but I would never get in the way of them having a relationship with a girl.

On the flip side, even if you completely trust your guy, it's hard to trust other girls because you never know their true intentions. The way I see it is that if the two of them have never dated or hooked up, and they were friends before you started dating, then I trust the girl-friend. Don't be fooled though by the, "Oh don't worry about her, she's just a friend," if he's blatantly flirting with her.

Of course, make sure to communicate any of your doubts about the friendship to him before jumping to any conclusions.

If he's actively flirting with another girl, he's just not that into you.

5. If he's not honest with you 

If you catch him being shady or making excuses for his actions or lack thereof, he's just not that into you.

6. If he isn't putting in the time or effort

You deserve more than second thoughts and maybes. You deserve more than late night "wyd" or "you up" Snapchats. You deserve more than feeling the need to check the Snapchat map or beg your friends for excuses as to why he's not talking to you. If you have to second guess his intentions and overanalyze his words and actions, he's just not that into you.

Bottom line: put your feelings aside and ask yourself, "If I was being treated like this by a guy I didn't like, would I still be talking to him?" If the answer is no, then move along. Stop making excuses for things that you know are red flags. If your gut feeling tells you that he's just not into you, then honey, he's just not that into you.

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