by Kaitlyn Raymundo
Those that know me well know that I am single. Painfully single. Very, incredibly single. In fact, I’m not just single now, I’ve been single my entire life. No boyfriend, ever. You might think that’s weird, and I have too at points. Maybe you think that means I’m this incredible independent woman that don’t need no man and I have thought that at some points as well. The reality is that my feelings about relationships, and myself, change daily, sometimes by the minute or depending on the people I’m with, the conversation we’re having, the cute boy that walks past me at school. And I’m about to be very honest about it all- for myself and for anyone reading this, wherever you are in your love live. Spoiler alert: I’m single and within that I’ve found strength. Here’s how.
By Sara Utsugi
When my heart broke, I felt like I’d never make it out the other end. I didn’t know how to move on, and after spending months of constantly blaming and putting myself down, I was finally able to forgive myself. It was only when I stopped beating myself up that I began to bloom into who I am today. A little less than a year after my breakup, I wrote this letter to my broken hearted self. She was fragile, broken, scared, and uncertain. She had lost the sparkle in her eye and skip in her step, and this is the letter she needed to hear. So please enjoy my letter to the girl who was, from the girl who is.
By Sara Utsugi
As a 19 year old college sophomore, I know that dating can be a struggle. During this time in my life, everyone is at such a different place. Some people are ready to settle down. Some people are still having fun and testing out the waters. And others are just starting to dip their toes into the dating pool. For me, I decided that I would give Tinder (and now Bumble) a chance. I was at a place where I was open to meeting people, and if something were to happen, I would potentially let it progress. There was nothing to lose, only to gain.
When I first downloaded the Tinder app, I was really excited but also sort of nervous. In high school, there was a stigma about Tinder, and I had to put my worries and pride down to put myself out there and finally join the Tinder community! While making my profile, I actually did some brief research on what pictures to use via Wikihow (really credible, I know). I was told to pick flattering pictures (duh), include one with friends, make sure they could tell what I looked like, and to limit action shots of the super attractive faces I make while playing volleyball. I picked my pictures, and to swiping I went!