For a young adult attending college, there is one question that family and friends are dying to have answered. Is their college student dating anyone? If the answer is yes, great! If the answer is no, there is no need to panic. No, really, it is okay to be single.
In a small town like Ephraim it seems everyone is either A. married, B. engaged, or C. in a serious relationship. So what about those students who answered D. none of the above? There is nothing wrong with being single. In fact, it could very easily be one of the most fun times of one’s life.
A few pros of being single include getting to know a lot of different people. Being single means one can go out with someone new every night and make a lot of new friends. It means not having to make a schedule that works around someone else’s. Someone who is single can go to the store when they want, eat when they want, go home when they want, and go to sleep when they want. It also means having more time to focus on their studies. No one wants to do homework when they could be with their significant other.
Snow College student, Ericka Hughes said “being single means I can do my school work without feeling pressured to give someone else my time and attention.”
Not only does being single allow one to focus on their studies, but it also allows them to focus on themselves. Being in a relationship often means giving another person one’s time and attention. But when one is not in a relationship they have more time to figure out the things that really make them happy and they are able to get to know themselves on a deeper level before trying to know another person.
Snow College student, Catherine Grant said “It has helped me establish my own identity before getting into a relationship and trying to figure out their identity.”
When a mom or a dad or grandparent asks if their college student is dating anyone, they can just say they are taking time to get to know themselves, independent of anyone else. Or they could just lie.