Love in a hopeless place: The art of finding your soul mate on campus

Two hands grabbing a coffee cup with electricity between them
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While the odds of finding that special somebody on campus grounds are pretty close to none, never say never this Valentine’s holiday. If you’re tired of endlessly swiping through Tinder or trying your luck at the frat party scene only to come out as single as can be, here are some common places where love could strike for you on Valentine’s Day– strong emphasis on could.

In lecture

You know the old saying “There’s plenty of fish in the sea”? Well, lecture is a good reflection of that. With hundreds of students packed into Wheeler and Pimentel like sardines on the regular, there’s bound to be someone who’ll catch or has already caught your eye. Muster up the courage to sit next to him or her. And, if you’re brave enough, you might even ask to borrow a pencil — that is, before class finishes and everyone’s rushing to get to their next class, and you’ll never see your crush again.

In section

If lecture doesn’t pan out too well, there’s always section where the pool is minimized to about thirty people who meet every single week. When you’re asked by your GSI to find someone to go over the section exercises, try your best to partner up with your crush. If the odds are in your favor, you might end up leaving your section with a new friend on Facebook. Or, possibly just end up freaking out your partner for coming on too strong. It might be better to just talk about the section handout after all.

At the library

Libraries are the cliché, quintessential chick-flick location to meet your lover. As you’re perusing the stacks of books on the towering bookcases, you peep through the one empty space on an eye-level shelf to coincidentally exchange glances with the girl or boy of your dreams. Unfortunately, that’ll probably be as far as the connection will go given that most of the campus libraries abide by a strict quiet policy. After all, you don’t want to anger the plenty of students surrounding you who are in a committed relationship with their studies.

While grabbing food

Standing in line, waiting to order or receive your food provides ample amount of time to find the one. Next time you find yourself waiting for a quesadilla at Golden Bear Cafe or a coffee at Yali’s, make a move on the meal who catches your eye. Or, carry on like everyone else and sip your latte in satisfaction knowing at least you can go about your day with some energy. Who needs chocolate and roses when you can have anything off the menu at GBC?

Finding your soul mate on campus may seem close to impossible, but maybe, in the words of Rihanna, you really will find “love in a hopeless place.”  Or, maybe online dating doesn’t seem so bad these days.

Contact Erika Lee at[email protected] .