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Can A Senior Date A Freshman? (Yes! But Read This First)

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So the fresher's batch has arrived, and you find someone cute in it? 

Or maybe you are already friends with your crush and are confused about which way to take this relationship. Dating in the same class as yours is a common practice, but a senior dating a freshman is not so common. 

Can a senior date a freshman?

The answer is not a simple yes or no. It can get quite tricky. 

On the one hand, it seems like- 

Why not? Absolutely I should date him/her. After all, age is just a number. 

On the other hand, there are some practical implications that you need to think about. 

Morally speaking, it's not wrong to date a freshman. It is daring and romantic, showing that love can transcend societal expectations. Look at Jay Z and Beyonce; they are a powerful couple with an age difference of 12 years. But it won't be easy. 

Read this article to know what challenges might come up and how to go about dating a freshman. 

Challenges that you might face if you are a senior and dating a freshman

Dating a freshman can be challenging, for there will be limited opportunities to hang out. Also, you will hardly have common friends who can set you up. And the age- difference!

However, you can overcome these challenges. You just need to address some issues. 

The focus will be on common concerns: 

#1 Looking at a probable long distant relationship 

Consider this - you will leave the college in 1-2 years' time, and there's no guarantee that he/she will end up in the same city. 

Although long-term relationships are not a bad thing, you will have to put in a little more energy to make them work. Check out this infographic to learn more about couples engaged in long-term relationships. According to the study, 40% of long-term relationships end up in a breakup - which is not that bad. 

Ultimately it's the question of how much you like the person and what cost you are willing to pay. To make a long-term relationship work successfully, you will need to be communicating over video calls and visit each other at least once in 4-5 months. Also, you need to consider the fact that they will spend more time compared to you focusing on their career. So you need to be prepared for that. 

#2 Differences in peer groups 

Needless to say, your peer groups are different. You will have to take time out for each other to make it work. Your peers won't find it appealing, but if you look at it, it's quite romantic. It shows that you care for each other and reflects your love. 

If you are in the same college, try to find communities of common interests, such as sports or literary clubs. College clubs are some of the best places where you will be involved in shared activities, which will help build stronger relationships.  

And eventually, as your bond grows, your peers who are close to you will be much more accepting.  

#3 Difference in maturity levels

We, humans, mature as we age. Also, maturity has different levels - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Although it is not necessary that an older person is overall more mature than a younger one, it is usually the case. 

With a 3-5 years age difference, you must see if the person you are trying to date is mature enough for you. 

Yes, freshers become physically mature by the age of 16, but it is also the time when they are emotionally unstable and mentally underdeveloped.

Only after 21 do we start to become emotionally resilient and understand the world around us in a deeper way. 

While it will be great for your partner who is a fresher to be in a relationship with a more mature individual, you might want to reconsider if you are okay with it. 

Also, impulses might arise in you as a senior to manipulate and exploit the freshman, given the fact that they are not psychologically as developed as you. It can look like manipulating them to agree to what you want for sex.  

You must make sure that you don't do that. 

#4 The big "Seniority" gap

This point is closely related to the above topic of maturity that we discussed. When you are a senior, your partner might want you to make the major decisions related to your relationship. More responsibility will be offloaded to you. They might be as simple as planning trips to as complicated as handling the finances of both of you. 

Ask yourself if you are ready for a relationship that could involve someone less experienced than you. Take time to consider what kind of expectations you have for this person, as well as how much responsibility they might need from you at any given moment.

If you start dating a freshman, you also want to get clear if your partner has a genuine romantic interest in you or if it is because you are acting as a life guide to him/her.  

There's nothing wrong with guiding someone; it's just that it might turn out that they are not able to fulfill the expectations you have for them. This will eventually ruin the relationship. 

#5 Sex might be out of bound  

The age difference may make having sex difficult or even prohibited by law. College-aged students should always comply with all applicable age-of-consent laws to ensure both parties are protected from potential legal repercussions.

If your crush has not crossed the approved legal age for having sex, which is 16-18, depending upon which state you are in, then unfortunately, sex will be out of bound.

If you are dating, even if your partner who is underage is ready and insisting on having sex, it is not wise to do that. And if he or she is past the legal age, then go on! What are you waiting for?

You can also get to know if she has been sexually active before from certain signs. 

#6 They might be out of your league

One challenge you might face is that the person you are trying to date is way out of your league. Freshers attract a lot of attention, especially from other freshers, since college is a pretty new experience for them. 

So you are going after the popular one and are not sure if they will be interested in you. 

Well, you do have an edge here. Freshers get an ego boost when dating a senior. If you do it right, you both will hit it off right away. And if you start dating, be prepared for people talking to you behind your back. 

#7 Face value judgments from people around you

The most commonly encountered challenge is the stigma and judgments attached to age-gap relationships. People may tease or make assumptions about your relationship based on your age. This can be difficult to deal with as it can cause feelings of insecurity and hurtful comments.

Remember this - People judge what they can't accept in themselves. However, it is not a problem as long as you don't take it very seriously. And who knows, by seeing your example, other peers with age differences might start to date as well. 

Enough with the problems; now let's discuss how to go about actually dating a freshman. 

Steps to take before you show interest in dating a freshman

Now, let's jump into steps you need to take before showing interest in any freshers!

#1 Is the hot freshman single and ready to mingle? Get to know

Before you dive head-first into the deep waters of dating a freshman, it is important to consider if they are single and ready to mingle in the first place. Start by getting to know them as a person and friend before diving into any romantic decisions. 

Talk with them about their interests and hobbies, what clubs they're involved in, or even their reasons for wanting to go to college. This will give you valuable insight into who they are as an individual, allowing you to make an informed decision on taking things further. 

#2 Learning about their past dating experience is a good start

Showing interest in a freshman can be exciting, but it's important to take certain steps before making any moves. Before getting involved in a relationship with someone new, it's essential to discuss the past dating experience of your potential partner. 

It is vital to ask questions about previous relationships and gain an understanding of how they approach romantic situations. Doing so allows both people to assess each other's level of comfort when it comes to entering into a relationship and sets the stage for open communication between both partners.

#3 Knowing about their likes and dislikes is an absolute must

Before you show interest in dating a freshman, it's important to spend time getting to know them first. Get to know their interests and hobbies so that you have common ground when spending time together.

It's also important to learn about their family background, values, and beliefs so that you have an understanding of where they come from. Taking the time to understand who they are is essential before taking any further steps in the relationship. 

Also, this will give you a huge edge over others. 

#4 Consider their age difference

The age difference of 2-3 years is relatively fine, but if it is more than that, you might want to reconsider and think a little more about what that could imply. You must also see how mature they are and if you are a good fit. 

If they are under 18 or your age gap is over five years, you can avoid the situation altogether. Even if the person is of legal age, dating someone much younger can create awkwardness and tension in relationships due to different life stages and expectations for each partner. 

As a senior, can you get a freshman to date you? 

To answer in a few words, Absolutely Yes! 

It is not much different than dating someone of your age. It's just you might have to go a little bit out of the way as it will be a little unexpected for the freshman. 

This section will focus on how to get a freshman interested in you. 

#1 Confidence is key 

Confidence is key while trying to date a freshman, especially if you are a senior with more life experience. Showing confidence and self-assurance will help to set yourself apart from others who may be interested in the same person. To do this, it is important to express yourself authentically and act with integrity. 

Be true to who you are rather than putting on an act or pretending to be something you're not. Show your personality instead of trying to fit into a certain mold. Confidence comes from within and can make all the difference in making a lasting impression on someone new. 

In addition, don't be afraid of trying out some new things that you haven't done before, and take risks when it comes to dating a freshman. It takes courage and strength to show your confident side even when facing potential rejection, but it is worth it!

#2 Getting to know their friends is a good start 

An important part of dating is meeting a new partner's friends. You might feel weird about hanging out with freshers, but it can give you insight into whether the relationship is worth pursuing. Starting off on the right foot with your partner's friends can make or break a relationship if these people are important to your new significant other. 

When it comes to meeting someone's inner circle, it's essential that you show respect and consideration for those close to them. Being friendly, asking thoughtful questions, and learning about their interests will go a long way in making a good first impression. It's also crucial that you remain positive and open-minded throughout the process; after all, a person's closest friends know them better than anyone else.

#3 Pick up on healthy relationship skills 

It is unfortunate that schools don't teach us relationship skills. We have to learn them through trial and error. But it's okay, as you will find a ton of information that will help you pick up on healthy relationship skills.

Some common and important ones include the following - 

  • Having realistic expectations 
  • Honest communication & mutual respect
  • Being passionate & intimate
  • Individuality & having boundaries
  • Healthy sexual relationship

Know more about the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship here.  

#4 Don't obsess; it shows 

It's important to remember that being too obsessed with the outcome can actually work against you in the dating world. Not only does an overly obsessive attitude come off as desperate and needy, but it can also make your potential partner feel uncomfortable and smothered. 

Don't let it become the main focus of your life. 

#5 Make sure you look and smell good

When trying to date, the significance of looks and smelling good can't be overstated. It is your first impression when you meet. Subconsciously they will start making up their mind about whether to meet you again or not. 

It shows how you carry yourself & how you present yourself. 

So make sure you have put on good-looking clothes, have a decent haircut, and put on some nice perfume. The right perfume can do wonders!

#6 Gift right and you can win hearts 

When giving gifts, quality matters more than quantity. Try and figure out what your partner finds valuable. Generic gifts are boring. The gift must surprise your partner!

At times, you can surprise your partner with even small gestures such as sending flowers or leaving a card at their doorstep. 

Things to remember when dating a freshman

There are some additional things you need to take care of when dating freshman students. As they are younger than you, there will probably be many differences. 

#1 Don't hurt their feelings

Dating a freshman is rewarding. However, navigating the dating terrain of college can be tricky, especially if you are dating someone who is younger than you. It is important to consider the emotional vulnerability that comes with being a freshman, as they may not have the same life experiences and maturity as an older person. 

It is critical to take into account the feelings of your partner when it comes to making decisions about your relationship. A freshman's emotions will likely be more fragile than someone who has experienced more years in college, so it is important that their feelings are respected throughout the relationship. 

Being aware of their emotional state will help create a safe and healthy environment for them to explore new relationships without feeling threatened or uncomfortable.

Be truthful about your relationship goals from the start, and don't overcommit if you do not want to. Being emotionally insensitive can leave a deep scar on their psyche. 

#2 Don't 'baby' them

The last thing they want is for you to treat them as kids. It is quite repelling. The reason they are in this is to have a deep romantic relationship and become more mature along the way. 

So respect that and guide them into becoming more mature.  

Even though they may be younger than you, treat them like any other person your age. Your girl will definitely not appreciate it if you talk and act like a know-it-all.

 Don't talk down to them or make decisions for them simply because of their age; respect their opinions and allow them to come into their own as individuals. Let your partner make mistakes on their own and learn from them without feeling like they must constantly turn to you for guidance or support.

#3 Respect their curfews

We know that freshman students have restrictions on when they come home and where they go. 

After all, we all were freshmen sometimes. So try and see what the implications could be if you don't respect their curfews. 

You can always make a strategy to use the time well that you both are suited to. 

#4 Sending them cute love notes might get you brownie points

When it comes to dating freshmen, sending them cute love notes could be the key to unlocking their hearts. Little trinkets and thoughtful gestures like these remind them of how special they are and work wonders in building a connection between the two of you.

Whether it's a hand-written letter or a heartfelt postcard, love notes can be an easy way to show your partner that you care. You don't have to get too complicated with your message either; a simple 'I love you' can still make all the difference and earn you some major brownie points! 

Plus, when kept as mementos, these little tokens of affection can help strengthen your relationship for years to come. 

#5 Be the mentor and help them out with their coursework

As a senior, helping your freshman partner with their coursework is a major opportunity you have to strengthen the relationship. 

It is quite overwhelming to enter into college and have to deal with advanced courses, that too on your own. 

#6 Re-evaluate expectations over time

You don't want to forget that your freshman partner is still emotionally vulnerable. They are bombarded with too many new life experiences within a short amount of time. 

Maybe they are not ready for a long-term commitment yet, and you are looking for someone who is.  

So it will be wise on your side to re-evaluate your expectations from this relationship. 

Summing up 

College romances are like a delectable box of chocolates - sweet, unique, and hard to forget. And college romance with a freshman is like a chocolate cheesecake - the best you can ask for!

However, wanting someone and having a crush is one thing, and actually dating is another. You will face some challenges, such as age differences, not being in the same city, and differences in peer groups. Let's be honest; it won't be easy. 

Make sure to build healthy relationship skills and be confident. 

With the tips given in the article, we hope you find your freshman. Lastly, the advice is to use your head and heart in sync and make wise decisions.

Tanurima Mitra

Weekend Writer

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