Erin Janov

My wonderful roommate agreed to be my guinea pig today and be featured for my first questionnaire surrounding dating in college. Erin is a junior elementary education major, the vice president of finance for her sorority and secretary of her business fraternity. When she isn’t poring over receipts or sending out emails, you can find her doing prep work for her Mizzou Alternative Break mission trip. Although she may have bribed me to be her roommate by reminding me she works at Starbucks, I’ve loved getting to know her better these last few weeks and can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester brings. She is one of the kindest girls I know but can still demand attention whenever she needs. She always understands when I’m stressed because she’s one of the only people I know who is actually busier than I am. She did manage to block out about five minutes to talk to me about her take on dating in college, though.

1) Are you currently dating someone?

Not right now

2) When was your last relationship?

Spring semester of my sophomore year in college

3) Why did it end?

*She looked around as if trying to remember* Oh, we decided to just be friends.

4) How long was your longest relationship and when was that?

A year, it was my senior year in high school

5) What do you think are some of the differences between dating in high school versus dating in college?

Erin poses for junior prom pictures with her first boyfriend in May, 2012.

Erin poses for junior prom pictures with her first boyfriend in May, 2012.

In high school you don’t have as much freedom because of your parents but you get to see your boyfriend every day. In college, you have to learn to make time to see him but you have a lot more freedom.

6) How would you describe the dating scene here at Mizzou?

I think people are either in really serious relationships or they’re just hooking up and being casual. I like the environment here.

7) How would you describe the dating scene for people ages 18-22?

I think Mizzou is a pretty solid example

8) How do you normally meet people?

Through organizations I’m involved in

9) Would you say that the majority of your friends have found long-term relationships at school? Why do you think that is?

No… I think that boys want to be single in college and they can have girls who don’t want a commitment, so they have no need for girls who do want a commitment.

10) If you could tell your freshman self one thing about dating in college, what would it be?

Don’t worry about it. It’ll come if it’s meant to come.


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