They say that college is the time when students receive a lot of freedoms, giving them a feeling that they can do whatever they want. This includes dating as much as possible. However, you can never be sure if this seemingly innocent date may turn into a security disaster if you are not able to spot different red flags. Here are some suggestions to keep your dating during your college years fun and safe.
Inform about your itinerary for the day
If you have a date later in the night, you need to tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. You do not have to give out the juicy details, but you need to inform a friend, roommate, or relative about your plans for that night.
Never meet your date in your place
If you’re going to date a potential partner for the first time, try not to inform him or her where you live. Although it may seem nice to have your date pick you up, you do not want to have an awkward experience if the date would not go well.
You cannot just go back to your place, fearing that your date may follow you inappropriately. Instead, drive yourself to your date’s place or agree to meet him or her somewhere else, preferably in a public place.
Go on a date in groups
Group dates reduces the stress of focusing on your date all through the night, especially if you are not sure how interested you are in him or her. Go out with a group of friends, or another couple, and inform your date that you want to watch this new movie, for instance.
If you are adult enough to be drinking, you need to be mature enough to handle how you drink alcohol. When you feel a little tipsy, stop drinking. More often than not, a lot of dangers in dating occur while one of the dates is drunk and asleep.
Learn to say no
There are plenty of ways to politely refuse your date’s offer, especially if you sense that it could go for the worse. If your date encourages you to drink more, say no. If your first date asks you to drive you him, say no for now.
Trust your gut feeling
If you sense that your date does not feel right, do not ignore it. Try leaving from that date as soon as possible.
Take enough cash that would pay your cab or bus ride home, especially if things go wrong on a date and you need to leave pronto.