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Engaged and Underage: Student Engagements on the Rise

Young Bride and GroomIt seems every time I log into Facebook, another one of my sorority sisters is engaged. Maybe I missed this trend, but it seems that more and more college undergraduate students are walking around campus with huge diamonds on their left ring fingers.

Studies have shown that over the last 20 years it seemed that most heterosexual American couples got engaged between the ages of 24-28 and since 2010 the average age has dropped to 22-26. An interesting comparison: during the 1960s and 1970s the average age was 18-24, proving the time-old tale of every trend skips a generation.

With many students being high school sweethearts, some parents are worried their children are settling down too fast without seeing what other fish are in the sea. But their concerns are not universal nor necessarily reflect the opinions of those who actually are engaged. Read the rest of this entry »

Hooking Up Versus Dating

What does this couple really think about college dating practices?

Isn’t it sad that we have sex with a guy before we consider dating him?”

One of my friends recently asked me this question. We preceded to discuss it, and determined that, although the random hook-up can be fun, we would prefer to be in a relationship. As it turns out, we are not alone.

A recent study at James Madison University found that college students have twice as many hook-ups as actual dates. And, like my friend and I, most students, male and female, preferred a traditional date to the random hook-up.

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Tips for Staying Friends with Your Ex

friendshipMaybe the two of you met at summer camp just before eighth grade. Maybe you met at a high school football game or at a party, a coffee shop or at a political rally. It isn’t important where you met, but that you met. And that the sparks flew.

One of you asked the other out on a first date, where you discussed literature and movies and each other’s interests. It was a lot of fun, and you agreed to go on another date. And another. And then another.  Before long, he asked you to put your relationship on Facebook.

It was a big deal, because we all know it’s not official until it’s Facebook official.

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How to Get Past a Break Up

silver liningDating can be a lot of fun. You get butterflies in your stomach when you think about him or her. You look forward to the text messages and phone calls. You spend a lot of time together, laughing and talking about whatever comes to mind.

But then, when it ends, it can be pretty upsetting. And even if you are not too upset about the end of the relationship, it can take time to move on and get over that person. So here are some tips for moving past a failed relationship.

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Common College Dating Practices Revealed

What does this couple really think about college dating practices?I recently conducted a survey of 100 students concerning the common dating practices of college students who live in the South and Midwest. Here’s what I found out:

1. Of these 100 students, 81 percent believe that the male should ask out the female on a first date and pay for the entire date. Respondents had differing views of what a first date should entail, but most agreed that it should be fun, simple, and not too serious. Basically, they felt that a first date should be an opportunity to get to know the other person better in a low key, fun setting. Activities recommended were dinner and a movie, attending sports games, and coffee or cocktails, depending on the age of the couple. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Rules of Facebook Relationship Manners

Dating is hard no matter which decade you live in. As the movie “He’s Just Not That in to You” recently portrayed, the digital age seems to have made the love game even more complicated – with text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, email and the like. You never want to get caught making a relationship faux pas, and you certainly don’t want to make it where the entire world can see via social media.

This entertaining video, made by and set in the ’50s like a high school health class video, introduces five simple Facebook manners that everyone should follow to avoid embarrassing dating mishaps online.

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How to Transition a Relationship from High School to College

couple holding handsIf you’ve had a long-time, or even a brief, relationship in high school, and aren’t quite ready to pack it away with your yearbook, take some time to consider where your relationship is going and how it might work on different campuses. Your love-struck heart may not want to hear it, but many relationships do not survive that life-changing transition from high school to college, especially if you’re attending different schools or live in different states.

That’s not to say it’s not worth a try, and seriously discussing your relationship with your significant other. It’s not the norm, but couples have done it and beat the odds.

  • Stay in touch. With IM, video chat, texting and Skype, long-distance communication is easier than ever. Make it a priority if you want your relationship to last past midterms. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Love on a College Campus

High school seniors graduate, and the summer ends. Prospective freshmen must now say their tearful goodbyes and head off to the unknown world of college, wondering what their future will hold for them. What classes will I enjoy? What will I choose for a major? But more importantly – will I find my true love here? According to that infamous British comedy, love, actually, is all around. It’s in your Intro to Finance class, and in the local dive bar off-campus. It’s at football games and in coffee shops. Love is an intangible feeling that we’re all born with, whether we like it or not.

College students find love on campus (photo via Andrew Flavin)

College students find love on campus (photo via Andrew Flavin)

On her first day at the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Banks met Max Handelman. Ten years later, Handelman proposed unexpectedly. “He said that after 10 years, he owed it to me to completely surprise me,” Elizabeth Banks said. The couple sealed the deal by reading letters from their first year of dating in college in lieu of vows. Read the rest of this entry »


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