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By Oscar Chemiak

Dating isn't easy. Not like I really have a lot of experience in the area, I'm single if you haven't noticed. By dating, you learn more about a person and potentially set yourself up for a whole lot of fun and companionship. For all its good points though, dating can be bad too. You might find out after hanging out that you have nothing in common, so you may have to deal with a break-up. But, if you take the bad with the good and do your best to avoid being hurt or hurting someone else, you should be okay.

People are attracted to different people – it's impossible to know for sure who your ideal mate will be. That's why we date after all. A date starts with attraction – you have to know why you want to get to know the person a little bit better. You have to figure out what's important to you in a date.

Do you want someone who:

  • Has a pretty face?
  • Shares similar interests?
  • Likes the same music?
  • Is fun?
  • Makes you laugh?

Once you decide what kind of person you might want to date, where do you meet this person? If you're having trouble finding someone, here are some suggestions as to where to meet new people:

  • Join a club (movie club, chess, etc.).
  • Volunteer for something you are interested in
    (yearbook, SRC, etc).
  • Hang out in large groups of people – friends bring friends… you never know who will come along one night.
  • Be as outgoing and open to new people as possible – if you make eye contact with a new person, don't be afraid to start a conversation.

There are a lot of reasons we are attracted to people. Just remember that the most important thing is to be honest with both yourself and the person you want to date. Don't date someone just because you think you need to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend. It's important to have things in common.

Dating is supposed to be fun, so make it fun. Don't do anything you don't want to do, be smart about your choices and above all, be honest with yourself.

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