The Typical Moments Of Dating In College, As Told by Drake Gifs

The Typical Moments Of Dating In College, As Told by Drake Gifs

Every college student can relate to the expert on relationships and heartbreak himself.
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Dating in college is a strange and mysterious thing, and Drake, as we all know, is the expert on relationships and heartbreak. Keep reading to see how much you relate to Drake in your college relationships.

1. Meeting People

While the general expectation is that you’ll meet people at college parties, the truth is parties are not the best place. With the loud music and dancing, everyone will be too preoccupied with having a good time with their friends to spend their nights looking for potential soulmates. You are more likely to meet people at other social events.

2. Online Dating

We all get to this stage at some point. Whether you want a serious relationship, a fling, or a best friend (this is offered by BumbleBFF for all of you who want to find some more friends, because no one can ever have enough friends), or just make an account as a joke with your best friend at 2am and end up going on as a way to pass your free time, you will eventually get to your Tinder/Bumble phase. And when you do, just remember not to have any shame. The use of these apps has become increasingly common.

3. Drunk Texting

You can either be the drunk texter or the drunk text receiver, but either way, you know there will be regrets in the morning.

4. The 2 AM Text

Didn’t anyone ever tell you nothing good ever happens after 2 AM? Okay, I stole that quote from a How I Met Your Mother episode, but there is some validity to the point. Only memorable situations occur after 2 AM. And when you get a text at 2:35 AM from that guy you’ve been thinking was really cute, just know what you’re getting yourself into. Because we all know what the text means.

5. Time Management

College is definitely very busy. With every student encouraged to join multiple clubs, jobs, and internships, while maintaining a social life and a high GPA, it can definitely be hard to find the time to be in any sort of romantic relationship on top of that.

6. You “don’t like him”

Not many people want to be in a serious relationship in college. When you start catching feelings for someone, you already know all of the complicated entanglements it will bring. So, you convince yourself you do not have feelings. But everyone knows you feel differently.

7. Dating

You finally give in, because you can’t believe how much you like the guy. I mean, is he serious? He must have the best looks, the best personality, and the best brains to attract someone like you. Just know you’re both broke college students, so most of your time spent together will most likely be spent in each other’s dorms.

8. After the Breakup

Dating in college is especially hard, because even when you leave campus to go to your home, most likely you are still on campus, or at least very close by. Chances are you will constantly be running into your ex, causing the both of you to take considerable means to avoid each other at all costs, or pretending everything is perfect when you do finally interact with each other. You will also, unfortunately, have a first-hand seat to each other's dating excursions.

9. Celebrity Crushes

Everyone has their celebrity crushes, and going to college is not going to change that. If anything, living and being on campus increases the chance of seeing your celebrity crush. In the three months, I have been at USC, I have already encountered Josh Peck, David Dobrik, and Liza Koshy. Zac Efron visited USC a couple of days ago. Though I did not get to meet him, my childhood crush on him was revived and I am extremely jealous of everyone that did run into him at the gym.

10. Girl Talk

Everyone needs their best friend to lean their shoulder on, and to rant about their boy problems too. And that definitely does not change during college. If anything, it increases, because the boys seem to be even more confusing than ever. You’ll find yourself face timing your best friends from different universities just to tell them about that one cute guy, or a cute date. Or you spam your best friend and run to meet her to recount every cute person you saw that day. Either way, they help you to realize how amazing you are, single or in a relationship. Appreciate yourself and embrace your personality.

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20 Ways To Make Long Distance Relationships Easier

"Distance means so little when someone means so much"
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Long distance relationships can be extremely hard, but they can also be SO worth it. Because LDRs are much different than typical relationships, you may need to may need to accommodate, make changes, and take extra steps to make things work between you and your partner. Based on my experience, here's a list of 20 ways to make your long distance relationship a little bit easier!

1. Make it a priority to talk to each other

Always always always say good morning when you wake up and goodnight before you go to bed, and give them updates about your day in between so that they know what you’re up to and feel connected even though you aren’t there. If you're having a busy day and won't be able to talk very much, simply let them know and talk to them when you get the chance. Communication is key, people!

2. But also understand that they need their space

As important as it is to talk often and communicate, it’s also OK if you don’t talk every minute of the day. Everyone has busy days or needs their “me time” sometimes, so try to be understanding and let them have their space when needed.

3. Surprise them

Everyone loves spontaneous acts of love and knowing that they're appreciated. Try surprising your significant other, whether it's a surprise visit, a care package full of snacks and small things they need, ordering them their favorite takeout after a long day, sending them a handwritten letter, etc. Come on, who doesn't love a good surprise?

4. Set ground rules and be honest with each other

Are you exclusive? Are you OK with them hanging out with certain people? Try not to be too overprotective or controlling, but make sure you know what you’re comfortable with and what your significant other is comfortable with so you can avoid “dangerous situations” and arguments that could have been prevented.

5. But also learn to trust each other

Being away from someone and not constantly knowing what they’re up to can be very difficult but don’t let jealousy and insecurities ruin a good relationship. Remember to trust your partner and make them feel confident that they can trust you too.

6. Make visits to each other

And make the most of these visits! Enjoy all of the little things like kissing, driving together, grocery shopping, watching Netflix and eating takeout on the couch, etc, because you will miss doing these things when they have to leave again.

7. But make sure you’re both putting in equal effort

Relationships are a 2-way street! Plan out dates/holidays that you’re going to visit your significant other and times that they can come visit you so you both have something to look forward to and you know that equal effort is being put in.

8. Never EVER use the silent treatment

It’s hard enough to communicate in a long distance relationship as it is, so using the “silent treatment” can be deadly for your relationship. Never ignore your significant other. If you are upset, let them know that you need time to think, talk to them about the problem when you are ready, and work with them to find a solution.

9. Stay close with their family

If you are close enough to visit your significant other’s family, even if you’re just stopping by to say hi, do it. Your significant other and their family will appreciate that you care and thought of them.

10. Share your schedules with each other

Sharing your school/work schedules can be very beneficial because you know what your significant other is up to and you can figure out a routine of when you're both available to talk.

11. Have a goal

How long are you going to be apart? When are you going to see each other next? Do you have the same goals for the future? These are important questions to consider when deciding if your long distance relationship is worth it or not.

12. Discuss your big arguments in person

Trying to solve big relationship problems over text or over the phone can often only make things even more frustrating. If possible, try to wait to talk about bigger issues until you see each other in person again.

13. Learn each other’s love languages

For more information about the 5 love languages, how to practice them, and what your/your significant other’s love languages are, visit www.5lovelanguages.com.

14. Talk to people who have been through it

It’s very difficult to talk to someone about the struggles of long distance if they haven’t been through it. Talking to someone who has been through a similar situation can be very beneficial because they understand how difficult it can be and they can even tell you how they made it work themselves.

15. Try to do similar things

Recommend movies, tv shows, music, books, articles, podcasts, etc. to each other so that you have more in common to talk about and still feel a close connection even though you’re far away.

16. Be open about your emotions

Being in a long distance relationship is difficult. There are going to be times when you will feel jealous/skeptical/fearful/insecure, and that's a-OK! When you’re feeling emotional, tell your partner and talk to them about it. Talking though these emotions will help you feel better, help you avoid unnecessary arguments, and will probably even bring you two closer together.

17. Learn to enjoy your time apart

This is SO important! During your time on your own, try to focus on yourself, put more effort into relationships with family and friends, go on adventures, and grow as a person. It’s important to have interests outside of your relationship to keep you busy and happy.

18. Celebrate special occasions (even the small ones!)

Don’t forget to celebrate holidays and special occasions just because you’re not together for them. Try sending your significant other takeout on Valentines Day (PizzaHut makes heart-shaped pizzas... you're welcome), making them a birthday care package full of their favorite things, or send them a card with confetti if they get a promotion or do well on finals. It’s important to remind them that you care and you’re thinking of them.

19. Do things together

Facetime dinner dates, watching a movie at the same time and talking to each other about it, and online shopping for Christmas presents together are all examples of ways to stay connected and do things together. Get creative!

20. Try seeing things from your partners perspective

Sometimes it’s can be difficult to understand why your significant other thinks and feels a certain way. It’s important to sometimes try seeing things from their point of view so that you can be more understanding and try to solve any conflicts, big or small, that arise.

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He flew across the country to have a second chance with her.
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How long they've been together:

"We have been together over a year, but we’ve been in love for ten years." - Dahlia

How they meet:

"We met in sixth grade when he sat behind me in reading class and kicked my chair repeatedly until I talked to him." - Dahlia

The most romantic thing to ever happen to them:

"Sam and I went to different high schools, he went to tech school and I went to public school. He dressed up in his military dress blues and came to my high school's senior prom to confess his love and dance with me, but I was not there.

Later that year, Sam flew from Arizona, where he was living, back home to Connecticut in May 2016. He borrowed a friend's car and drove to my house. He walked to my back door and saw that there were no cars in the driveway, but that my kitchen light was on. He said he knows all Italians leave their kitchen lights on when no one is home, so he drew the conclusion that I was not there, which was true. So he took this as a sign that it wasn't meant to be, and flew back to Arizona without further reaching out to me. I didn't learn about this until we re-connected the following year...

We spent four hours talking in a cafe, and all of a sudden we realized the cafe had been closed and they were cleaning up to go home. So we got in my car and we drove to Miller's Pond State Park in our hometown of Middletown, Connecticut, and I was so nervous that I forgot the way to get there and Sam had to pull it up on GPS so we could get there. It was January and the lake was frozen over, and Sam taught me how to skip rocks on the frozen lake so it makes a sound like birds chirping as the rock skips." - Dahlia

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