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This & That: Roses are red, violets are blue, being single is cool, but relationships can be great, too

This & That: Roses are red, violets are blue, being single is cool, but relationships can be great, too

February 14
11:00 2018

We have all probably heard the phrase, “College is to experience new things and be independent,” and it’s completely true. College is the best place to let loose, find yourself and figure out what you want in life.

However, some people think this phrase does not apply to the department of romance because committing to someone while in college is somehow depriving you from the real college experience.

This could not be farther from the truth.

Being in a relationship in college can be as exciting, rewarding and self-fulfilling as being single. You just have to find the right person. The right person will not deprive you from having your freedom and independence.

I spent my first semester at UNT being single, and people warned me not to get in a serious relationship because I wouldn’t be able to party as much, meet new people or even find my own path in life — corny, I know. But then, I started dating someone and realized everything they said was wrong.

Not only did I go to more parties, meet more people and have more experiences than when I was single, but I also had a significant other to share all those things with. When you are in a committed relationship in college, it is like having a best friend with all the perks of romance.

That is how I see it.

I’ve also heard college is the time to learn to love yourself. Don’t get me wrong — being single gives you the time to do that. But what I realized is that getting to know someone can also tell you a lot about yourself you probably did not even know in the first place.

Your partner can give you a different perspective on your self-love. Sometimes we tend to be hardest on ourselves because we are our own worst critic. So when someone loves things about yourself you never thought of on your own, you sort of start loving them, too.

Being in a relationship can teach you a lot of things you would hardly understand being on your own.

Of course, relationships are not always pretty, but you always learn something, and you can use it in future relationships to improve and grow.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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