College freshmen dating advice

I wasted great bonding time and denied myself some wonderful experiences by not being myself.

Of course, you should only come out when you're ready, and I wasn't at the time.

Another lesson I learned was to take a more active role in my safety, which brings me to the next topic.

Meeting someone online is a cool way to get to know them, at least initially. No online dating questionnaire or number of chat hours can replace an in-person chemistry check.

I later found out that they knew other gay people and they could have helped me make a connection.

Don't put all your hopes on one person when you're looking for gay friends on campus. I longed for a boyfriend, especially after I started meeting gay friends.

College is much less insular than high school campuses can be, but both can be great times to express yourself and explore your interests.

Living in a residence hall as a freshman was the first time I ever lived on my own.

When I did meet my first boyfriend, it was in the most unlikely of places – a club I'd joined.

There were many gay and gay-friendly groups on campus that I could have joined.

I could have also reached out and befriended more of my dorm friends.

It was overwhelming at first, but I was excited to get away from home.

I knew I was attracted to guys; but I was way too scared to explore my feelings so I stayed in the closet for a while.

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