Let’s face it- this is college life. After all the partying, studying, late nights and drinking; do students really think there is room for a relationship?

College relationships are usually sought after for a variety of reasons: boredom, revenge, increased social status, financial gain, or pure naïveté.

Regardless of the motives that drive your commitment or lack thereof, ultimately it will be your peers who will judge you, and then group you into one of the following college relationships.

First there is the popular couple everyone envies. This couple is president of every club they’re in and have GPAs most people can only achieve with frequent voluntary and involuntary help from outside means.

But don’t let the outside exterior fool you. They may seem like all smiles, but behind closed doors can lie a lot of anguish.

Then we have the just in it for the title couple.

This couple never really hangs out. They just like being in a relationship so they can plug that empty void in their lives that can only be filled by the Facebook status, “In a Relationship.”

Next, you have the fighting couple that spends the majority of their day trying to talk over the other to get their point across instead of listening to one another.

But this couple tends to stay together, because they realize that it sounds good to say you’re in a relationship even if it’s pure hell.

After the fighting couple it’s a another couple on a more irritating level, the indecisive couple. They break up every other day over miniscule things like which superhero had the best costume.

It’s hard to list college relationships without talking about the No. 1 college relationship, friends with benefits. You almost never see this couple spend any time together.

This might be a huge coincidence, but the fact is they just don’t spend any time together. If you are lucky around one in the morning you might see them running into a dark corner or someone’s room.

Next you have the married couple who are too afraid to be with anyone else and are joined at the hip.
Then you have the sickening in love couple who can’t get enough of each other and drive everyone insane; you are then left with the normal couple.

This couple is the “it” couple around campus because they have a clear sense of balance of oneself and the relationship.

In the end when dealing with college relationships, the best thing students can do is keep a level head and define their relationship.

Most importantly, be willing to listen to those who are around you. They have your best interest at heart. It may be hard sometimes, but look at it from their perspective because they are on the outside looking in. If they love you, they wouldn’t tell you something just to hurt you.

Students need to realize college is a lot more than searching for a husband or a wife. Don’t allow anything to get in the way of school.

If a relationship is taking too much time, perhaps students should re-evaluate their priorities.

Joshua Dunk, jkdunk@txwes.edu

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