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The best places to look for love

Where to look for love, on and off campus

Your semester workload has lightened and you’re starting to feel a little lonely. You’re ready to find Mr. or Ms. Right and have a relationship. The only problem is, you’ve been out of the game for a while and have no idea where to even start looking for a significant other. Well, here are some great places to meet new people and, potentially, a new beau or honey.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to find a new partner is looking for their soulmate while they’re drunk at the bar. Not that it doesn’t happen. It’s just a lot harder to have a legitimate conversation with someone when you can hardly see straight. 

Not to mention the fact that most people are just looking for hookups while they’re out, not the love of their life. So if you’re looking for some casual fun, have at it. But I wouldn’t recommend this venue if you’re looking for anything serious.

On the other hand, one of the best places to meet new people is, well, class. Chances are you have a lot in common already because you’re both studying the same stuff. You can relate to one another because of the tests and papers you both have to suffer through. So why not try making small chat at the library. You'll never know where it will lead.

Another great place to meet someone is the gym. Try initiating conversation while your stretching out for your long run, or offer to team up on the bench. If exercise is something you value, you’re going to want to date someone who can motivate you to reach your goals. The gym is the perfect place to find someone who shares this passion with you.

The workplace is also a great place to meet someone, if you're careful. You spend most of your time at your job, so you’re bound to get to know your co-workers. There’s a good chance some hotties work with you, so use that to your advantage. Like we said, just be careful it doesn’t become an awkward situation if things don’t work out. Also, don't get involved with a superior. You might risk losing your job, and tarnishing your reputation.

If those are chances you aren't comfortable with, then consider joining an co-ed intramural sports team. Sports teams tend to get close throughout practices and games. You could meet someone that you have fun with, and, at the same time, likes the same kinds of physical activities you do!

A really fantastic place to meet someone with the same interests and values as you is church. If you are a religious person, it would be smart to have a partner who shares the same values as you do. It might cause conflict in your relationship if you decide date someone who follows a different religion, though it isn't impossible to cross these hurdles. 

In the end, you can find love just about anywhere. And, typically, the best relationships come about when you’re not looking for them. But in the case that you are looking for someone specific, make an effort to frequent the places where you’ll find someone who values the same things that you do.

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