But are there greater risks to consider with a large age gap between partners?
Ethan Bennett, 26, and Mia Thompson, 18, haven’t been affected by an eight-year difference — two years more than the formula’s appropriate “cut off age.” The pair met on the University of Minnesota campus, which offered a free prep session led by college students.
Based on the formula, a 21-year-old could date someone as young as 17, an 18-year-old could be with a 16-year old, and a 16-year-old with a 15-year-old.
It’ll give you the chance to meet interesting people – and you’ll definitely go on some memorable dates.
Dating beyond your “type” can also lead to new friendships and introduce you to different groups on campus. Freshmen, however, are usually a bit more reluctant to leave traditional dating behind.
Bennett, a senior in college, and Thompson, a junior in high school, didn’t think about dating each other when they first met.
“I remember that we were paired up as study buddies for the eight-week session.
At first, we stuck together, holding hands and making out in the kitchen. I found myself sucked into conversation with my friends. As years passed, Bobby went from an overweight goth in eyeliner to a buff 18-year-old with a sleeve tattoo. I kissed back and he flung his body into some cabinets. Rachel Rabbit White is a journalist and blogger who lives in New York City and writes about sex and gender.
If I thought about it, I had been dating younger guys since the beginning. Everyone else had boyfriends as early as fourth grade, but not me. Finally, in eighth grade, I had the brilliant idea to ask a seventh grade boy to the dance. His senior year, Bobby talked me into going to prom with him. I remember the buzz I got from Bobby feeling so cool for bringing me as his date — completely unaware that I should feel for the very same reason. “I hate you,” he said, throwing his fists into my chest. She hates the brag-y part of bios, but feels equally unsure about the quirky part where she tells you she loves lip-syncing alone in her apartment and avocado and sea salt on toast. Editor’s Note: The author does not at any point write that she, as a legal adult, had sexual intercourse with anyone underage.
Daren was acquaintances with his wife Lauren when we were all still worried about prom dates and detention, but it wasn't until eight years after graduation that they started dated.
Though Daren says the commonalities of growing up in the same town didn't spark an attraction during high school, they certainly helped once the pair got romantic.
And there are a lot of different types of “dating” to deal with.
Here are 5 things that seniors have learned about college dating; freshmen and freshmen-to-be, take note! If someone asks you out, it’s a good idea to accept, even if you wouldn’t normally give him or her a chance. Take a chance and say yes to the girl who’s always reading on the quad. Opening yourself up to people you wouldn’t typically date or hang out with might surprise you.
“Leave the suburbs and come live in the city,” I said, the moon looming above us. When hooking up younger boys, I thought it was important to leave them with a nice, albeit unrealistic, thought of our future together.