by: Juliana Paschoalini

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Relationships in college can be hard, and they might not be right for everyone. I know we’ve all heard the same “relationships are a lot of responsibility” advice a million times, but they really are. A relationship is similar to buying a dog…the only difference being that dogs can’t cheat on you or leave you for your best friend. Dogs ARE your best friend.

So who am I, and why am I writing about relationships?

I am what my friends like to call the “mom” of our group. I have been in a relationship since my junior year of highschool, and I am also the person that people come to for relationship advice. Oddly enough, I don’t advocate for being in a relationship in your early twenties unless you are already in one, or have spent most of your life being single. College can be worse than high school when it comes to finding yourself, and between questioning your choice of major, working multiple jobs, and facing dreadful 8 AM classes, a relationship can really add a lot of unnecessary stress to your already stressful life.

On another note, if you have spent the majority of your youth single: Go for it! Chances are, you already know who you are, and you might actually be ready to welcome someone into your life.

Although my advice may not show it, I truly do not regret taking my relationship with me into college. Yes, I may have a bright red “X” on my chest when it comes to meeting anyone new romantically, but when it comes down to it, I’m fine with that!

If you do find yourself in a relationship, old or new, make sure you both give yourselves alone time. The goal is to not be so overly consumed in your relationship that you can’t have a life of your own. But hey, if it doesn’t work out…you can always just get a dog!