Written by: Tyra Mills
Dating in college is something a lot of us have to deal with. But is dating a vital activity or a pesky distraction?
Everyone enjoys good company and companionship, but the real question here is: Is it wise to attempt to juggle school, work and extracurricular activities with a relationship? It depends on the individual.
Relationships are never vital. Romantic relationships aren’t necessary to lead a successful, wholesome life.
We do need healthy friendships and relationships with family members, but as far as needing a romantic life−especially at this age−I think not.
Your college years are supposed to be the best years of your life; these are the years of our prime. We are youthful, free of major “adult” responsibilities, and are discovering things about ourselves everyday.
For the majority, a relationship probably isn’t the best idea. On the other hand, I do understand that there are probably a great number of people who can handle having a significant other; it could even be enhancing their college experience.
Again, it all depends on the individual.
If you are going to engage in a committed relationship, I recommend that you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for what is to come. Your significant other will probably request a great portion of your time, time that could be going toward studying and homework.
You and your partner should be considerate of each other’s ultimate goal, the reason you both came here in the first place: to graduate. If you two can manage to keep each other happy, and you can remain focused on your grades and job, then a relationship in college could be okay.
Of course, there is always a possibility of drama, break-ups and make-ups, and fighting. Therefore, students should take their time when getting to know someone they are interested in.
You can still go on dates and spend time with the person you like without having to dedicate a large portion of your time to him/her. You have a whole life ahead of you to commit to someone else; this is only the beginning. Take your time and keep your focus on your degree.