After Valentine’s Day there are probably plenty of new sets of lovebirds around campus. Whether you’re in the awkward getting-to-know-you stage or transitioning from a friendship into a relationship, there’s bound to be some awkward moments between you and your new beaux. To alleviate that awkwardness or even to avoid it altogether, follow these tips and it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out.
- Keep the conversation going! Ever hear of ‘awkward silence?’ Don’t be shy; just say the first things that come to mind. Ask questions to get to know more about them.
- Make a plan. Nothing’s more of a turn off then having the “I don’t know, what do you wanna do?” conversation…over and over again.
- Dress appropriately. C’mon ladies, don’t show up to the movie theater in the sexiest outfit you own. Destiny USA is pretty awesome, but unfortunately it’s not a night club. Don’t be that girl.
- Don’t come on too strong. You don’t want your date to think you’ve already started on the wedding plans.
- Don’t act too disinterested. It’s perfectly okay to act cool and casual, but it’s important your date knows that you’re listening to them and care about what they have to say.
- Don’t reveal any secrets just yet. The first date is probably not the best time to tell your entire life story. It is way more rewarding to learn as you go.
- Be kind. If your date makes plans to do something that isn’t really your cup of tea, just go with it. Otherwise you’ll seem ungrateful and possibly demanding. And who knows, you might even end up liking what he has planned.
- Physical contact. The first time you hold hands or cuddle together is most likely going to be awkward, but just relax and be confident. The sweaty palms can be ignored! If it doesn’t feel right, then think about reconsidering the relationship.
- The tab. Ladies, never assume your date is going to pay for your dinner…and the movie…and everything else…. Have plenty of money on you just in case. Always offer to pay, even though you most likely won’t have to contribute anything more than the tip.
- The first kiss. This depends on personal preference, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t get that kiss at the end of the night. Keep an open mind and stay positive.
Hopefully those tips will help you avoid experiencing awkward dates. If it does end up being awkward or doesn’t go as well as you had wanted, at least you’ll know that it wasn’t your fault. And remember, the dating stage is fun and exciting – it’s something you’ll only get to experience once with that special someone – so enjoy it!
By Caleigh Gran