Like, have you even seen how expensive Red Lobster is? In high school, when you were in a relationship, it was weird if you spent a solid hour of waking time not texting each other.Many high school sweethearts take their significant others into account when deciding what college to attend – and if they don’t, many decide to stay together when they part ways in the fall.Why did you decide to stay together with your significant other in college?“Tyler and I had been dating for a year before college and we weren’t going to just end our relationship and all the work we had put in it just because we were going to college.
There are some universal truths about dating in college that you need to know in order to have the best experience you can. Well, for most of you, it’s your first time living away from your parents.According to my late 20’s Facebook timeline, those two categories tend to venn diagram a lot, AKA people meeting in college through friends. You’re leaving out the potential guys coming to visit their high school besties and meeting other guys from nearby schools when you go out. Not everyone wants to be officially together with everyone they hook up with. Like I said, everyone experiences college in a different way. It happens at least once to almost every college student ever, so don’t feel too bad. You will also almost definitely walk in on someone having sex. Oh, and you might try to have sex while your roommate is in the room.Whether you met your significant other in high school, on Tinder, at a local event, at a faraway event or really anywhere that isn’t your own college or university, you’re sure to have gotten a few cliché responses from people about your relationship.“My friends didn’t go to the same school as their boyfriends so that they could have time without their significant others to discover themselves and make their own mark on their campuses. After the first year, they went home for the summer – they found they weren’t the same people they were in high school.” I wasn’t sure if I would be able to talk to anyone who had a successful relationship that started in high school and actually continued in college.That is, until I talked to Isabella Limonta, a public relations major who graduated college last year, and is still with her high school boyfriend, Tyler Wilcox.The Tab spoke with college women to learn what their decision-making process was when it came to these young relationships, as well as whether they would change anything about their experience.Why did you decide to attend a different college from your significant other? “My boyfriend and I decided not to tell each other where we wanted to go until we finished our applications, only because we didn’t want our relationship to skew our decision.” “We believe our future careers are more important and going to the school that is best for our majors is the most important thing. Many of us have ended up feeling awful as a result of a college relationship, but never feel afraid to confide, get guidance, and treat yo'self! Maybe I feel this way because my dating life didn’t actually start until college, but I think it’s actually because the high school social bullshit falls away and people are free to like who they like – which is just as great as it sounds. College dating is different from high school dating because it comes with its own set of rules, perks, and pitfalls.Even though gas prices have been wonderfully low lately (sorry Mother Nature), it’s still pretty expensive to be driving all over the map every weekend to see each other.It’s already expensive enough to be in a relationship.