Put it on pause: You don’t need a relationship during your senior year

(College Cures)
(College Cures)

Donald Parker | Staff Writer

By now everyone has settled back into the hustle and bustle of the semester. You’ve figured out the quirks of your teachers, and you’ve also realized that you might need to switch your study group. All the essentials you need to have a successful semester have become a part of your routine, but if you happen to be in your senior year of college, then your routine might be a little more stressful.

Dating as an underclassman proved to be a beautiful, exciting, and easy journey, but senior brings about new struggles that can strain relationships. The added pressures of graduate school applications, job applications, and the possibility of moving to another state can stress you and your significant other out during senior year.

When you reach your final year of college, the relationships you start (or consider starting) require more effort. Your time in college is limited and soon, the environment and the circumstances that allowed for a strong nuturing relationship is strained by an impending graduation date.

“I wouldn’t want to start a relationship with someone that I know from the beginning won’t last very long,” said Kayla Myers, a senior computer science major from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Yes, you may meet someone and a person during your last stretch at Hampton University, but you have to fight the urge. You have to think about your goals after graduation and consider if a relationship will help or hinder your growth.

After graduation, you will soon be bombarded with real world responsibilities such as finding a job, paying bills and even bigger, finding ways to pay back your student loans. You and your significant other may or may not be in the same area or even have time to connect due to your personal and career responsibilities.

This is guaranteed to put a toll on the relationship and could ultimately be its demise, even though it was neither person’s fault.

That does not mean you should not pursue a relationship. You can still get to know the person, but take into account the chances of getting into a serious relationship.

“Yeah, getting to know them is fine. But getting serious senior year with someone you are going to likely be at least a few hours away next year just seems silly,” said Jamiah Wilson, a senior finance major from Bristol, Connecticut.

It may not last for those few months you have left in your college life.


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