There is much more to college life than academics. The average student is usually juggling school, a social life, a job, and possibly a roman:c rela:onship on a daily basis.
It can be very diﬃcult to move away from the familiarity of your hometown, to a place where everyone is seen as a stranger. Some students have a tendency to fall quickly into rela:onships the second they enter college; and it can be very easy to get caught up in lust rather than love.
One student claimed that, “having someone who understands me and someone that I can rely on has made this year far easier”.
“I not only met his parents but also a lot of his extended family,” Britney said. “It showed me a lot that I did not know about him, how he grew up, what his family life was like, how he interacted with his family and how they interacted with one another”.
Many students ﬁnd that da:ng someone in college is a great way to learn about your self and how to grow as a person.
“He has pushed me to perform the best I possibly can and support me when I need help,” Britney said. “My rela:onship has made my life so enriching and it has aﬀected all my other friendships by using the skills I have aKained on crea:ng healthy friendships and rela:onships through mutual understanding and compromise.”
“He supports me when it comes to my academics, we spend a lot of :me studying together.” one student said.
Students in college all over the United States have found that being involved in a roman:c rela:onship has many posi:ve aspects such as providing a distrac:on from using drugs and alcohol.
A study conducted by a research scien1st at the University of Washington found that the typical student who was not in a rela1onship was 40 percent more likely to use marijuana or alcohol than a person who was da1ng someone.
“I deﬁnitely chose to stay in and hang out with him on occasion,” she said. “It’s refreshing to know there is someone I can hang out with if all my friends decide to go out.”
Common ac:vi:es between couples are a great way to become closer “We share a lot of similar interests which makes our rela:onship very easy.”
“Overall rela:onships are a roller coaster,” Britney said. “ They have the highest highs and the lowest of lows. Maintaining a rela:onship while learning more about yourself and your studies is a delicate balance. My rela:onship in college has inﬂuenced the rest of my life, such as learning how to love, how to thrive as a collec:ve unit and as well as expressing yourself as an individual. My rela:onship makes me who I am today and who I will be tomorrow.”