Lindsay Gloor

Throughout the semester, I interviewed my friends and my friends’ boyfriends about their perspectives on dating in college. I’m someone who has had really strong opinions about dating, and I’ll admit that a lot of those opinions aren’t really fair. So, I thought it’d be helpful for me and whomever else is frustrated by dating in college to gather some more opinions.

 

Here’s what I’ve learned: I have most of the same opinions as my girlfriends and a lot of my assumptions about how guys view dating are well founded. The guys I interviewed from Mizzou mentioned that they did not really feel the need to date long-term because college was a time to have fun. They also said that you can find any kind of relationship you want in college. On the other hand, my girlfriends complained that none of the guys they were interested in were interested in dating.

 

My conclusion? There’s a really obvious division between male and female students’ mentalities about dating, and that can frequently be a barrier. I think if something is meant to be, then it will happen, though. It just takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

 

Just for fun, here’s an interview with me.

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Niki Finn

Niki is a sophomore studying business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and a minor in hospitality and management. Some day she hopes to open her own restaurant or bakery in Chicago. She is social chair for her sorority and when she’s not planning events she’s most likely singing “High School Musical” at the top of her lungs with her best friend Mackenzie. Niki is one of my good friend’s “little sisters” in their sorority, so I’ve gotten to know her pretty well. She is a little bundle of energy who has tons of leadership potential. I was able to talk with her to learn a younger student’s perspective on dating in college.

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Claire Farina

I met Claire in an English class my sophomore year in high school. She and I were in similar circles, but had never had the opportunity to get to know each other. Our first project was to give a speech introducing our partner, and we were randomly placed together. As our friend groups merged because of mutual friends’ relationships, I pinpointed Claire as an honest, dependable friend. Because we’re both so passionate and strong-willed, however, we would butt heads over petty high school drama. We all graduated from good old Benet Academy in spring 2013, and Claire and I kept in touch most often out of any of our friends. Now, five years after our awkward meeting, we are frequently mistaken as sisters because of our similar mannerisms and appearances. I don’t know where I would be without her. She is currently a junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studying accounting. She is the vice president of finance for her sorority and is a member of Beta Alpha Psi honors accounting organizations. As if she doesn’t have enough going on, she decided to pick up intramural inner tube water polo and soccer this past year. Not surprisingly, we spent as much time as possible together over Thanksgiving break, and, during some of that time, I was able to get her perspective on dating in college.

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Blair Thall

Blair is currently dating my friend Kylie, who I interviewed previously in this blog. He is working towards his Associate’s in business at Moberly Area Community College and is an assistant manager at Finish Line at Columbia Mall. He’s a huge sports fan and likes playing video games with his roommates in his free time. He and Kylie were introduced by a member of mine and Kylie’s sorority a little over a year ago and, although there have been some bumps along the way, they’ve been dating since then. Since he doesn’t attend Mizzou, he was able to provide a different take on dating in your early 20s.
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Josh Giancola

Josh is currently dating my friend Toni (who I also interviewed for this project) and has been dating her for as long as I have known the two of them. The two met in high school, so Josh actually attends Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. He visits Toni most weekends, though, so I have had the opportunity to get to know him fairly well. He is a junior mechanical engineering major, member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and director of student programming on the Student Union Board. I have never seen a couple, who has dated long-distance for longer than they’ve dated in the same location, as strong as Josh and Toni. That’s why I thought it would be an interesting idea to get the other side from Josh.
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Megan Miller

I met Megan during Panhellenic formal recruitment in the fall of 2014. We bonded over the fact that both of us had relatives affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and how difficult it was to see our loved ones battle the neurodegenerative illness. From the day I met her, I knew I wanted to mentor her throughout her years at Mizzou. So, after she rushed Sigma Kappa, I chose her as my little sister. Although the whole “Big/Little” thing seems really shallow and basic from the outside, that does not describe mine and Megan’s relationship. We are very different people: She is an elementary education major and wants to teach in a rural area after she graduates. If I had not met her during recruitment, I am positive that I never would have been given the opportunity to help her study for her exams, talk her through break-ups or just be there whenever she needs advice. For that, I am really grateful. When she isn’t studying or being involved in sorority functions, Megan is working at a daycare. She was kind enough to give me a little time on her Halloween to be interviewed and talk about her opinions on dating in college.
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Kylie Boyce

I met Kylie at one of the first events I ever attended for my sorority and, at first, I could not believe how quickly and frequently she spoke. We ended up in the same honors statistics class and bonded over how difficult probability was to understand. Kylie is a junior journalism major with an emphasis in design and an IT minor in the audiovisual sequence. Besides hanging out with me at the J-school, Kylie drives for STRIPES and is a member of the Transfer Experience and Advising Mentor Program. She also works as a hostess at Longhorn Steakhouse. Kylie is one of my closest friends from college and I know that I can always count on her to “give it to me straight.” Some say she has a problem with being too blunt, but that is just her personality. She is one of my few friends who found a boyfriend in college and has stayed with him for more than a year. Because of this, she was able to offer some interesting insight into dating in college.

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