You are graduating. It is time to say goodbye to Tinder and Grindr and it’s time to stop sending naughty Snapchats and kind of flattering but mostly creepy Yaks about the girl in the library basement.
Now, it’s crunch time — that awkward stage between being graduated and starting a family where everyone is looking to latch onto someone else while they are still wrinkle-free.
“I think [dating outside of CSU] will be a different atmosphere,” said Stefanie Mougey, a senior psychology major. “I’m more worried about the limited time I have to meet someone after I graduate.”
Luckily, there are plenty of websites, bars, nightclubs and Facebook stalking friends-of-friends to occupy your time until you find that special someone.
In this Internet-dominated society, you can customize your Ken or Barbie doll. There are dynamic sites like the classic Match.com and eHarmony, but who wants to do that boring stuff?
Get creative with Gluten Free Singles, Black People Meet or Zoosk. You never know, maybe that college crush is lurking somewhere you wouldn’t expect; they could be gluten-free and you just never knew.
“I see the dynamic changing from casual flirting and dating to more deep and meaningful connections and longer-lasting relationships,” Mougey said.
Bars and nightclubs always work out for people too. I mean, just look at “The Jersey Shore.” That is how you find a financially stable and self-assured individual to spend the rest of your life with. Bars are great for women because you get all the nicest guys coming up to you asking to buy you a drink.
“I have hit on people everywhere — bars, parties, class, Tinder, the airport, out in public etc.,” said Alexander Coleman, a senior business administration major. “If there is any opportunity, and I’ve got the balls to do it, I’ll do it.”
If all else fails, there is always the classic Facebook stalking. You know Jennifer’s friend, Tiffany. Well, she has a brother whose friend would be perfect for you.
Yes, just spend the next hour and a half stalking him and everything he has ever accomplished so that way the first date is guaranteed to be awkward.
“I am a bit nervous to date after college,” Coleman said. “However, I am confident I will meet someone.”
All kidding aside, you do not need to worry about dating after college. If you go out into the world or into a graduate program, if you just stay focused and live your life, the person of your dreams is going to come along.
The cliché remains true that good things come to those who wait, and it is when you are least expecting it that love sweeps you off your feet. Give it time.
This article was produced for the 2015 Graduation Guide.