Since I started college a lot has changed. I went from doing all my class readings in advance to cramming them in right before the final.
I went from playing it safe with a cranberry vodka on the weekends to a nice scotch at the end of a particularly trying weeknight.
I went from crushing on different guys (all with the same bad boy attitude) to dating guys from all ends of the college major spectrum. In high school we were labeled by our extracurricular activities, from the football stars to the choir geeks to the French club sluts.
But in college, our majors are our labels. And because your major says a lot about you, I’ve decided to put my own major (journalism) to work and tell you which majors you have to date before you graduate.
The Music Major:
Because who doesn’t want to be a seriously smoldering musician’s muse? But before you cue the swooning, let’s dig a little deeper because, after all, with a musician, that’s what you’ll be getting: depth. Put the stereotypes of John Mayer and what he may or may not have done to Taylor Swift aside because while a musician tends to get a bad rep for being a bad boy, he’s more than your average player. He’s deep, insightful, genuine and not afraid to tell the truth. He’s the kind of guy that you can stay up all night talking to and never once think to check the time. He’s supportive and caring.
The catch? The usually shy and independent music major tends to keep to himself so you’ll probably have to make the first move but believe me, when he’s serenading you outside your bedroom window, you’ll be glad you did.
The Business Major:
Totally opposite the musician, we have the business major, who’s in the business of schmoozing. He will wine and dine you, open your doors and literally charm the pants off you. He’s polite, courteous, levelheaded and cool as a cucumber. He remembers the little things, like the name of your first pet and when your roommate’s birthday is. He knows all the right questions to ask to make you feel like you’re the only person in the world he wants to get to know. You can probably find him rocking a navy blue blazer with brass buttons on his way to one of his many student organization meetings. He’ll kiss the cheeks of people whose ass he needs to kiss and make you feel totally included while you’re on his arm. The business major is a true people person.
The catch? While the business major is eloquently spoken and seems to be inherently cool, he has a tendency to come off as fake and manipulative. My advice is not to fall for his chivalrous tactics and instead, get to know him when he’s not in his “boozing and schmoozing” mindset. In short, don’t fall for the Armani suit, fall for the man wearing it.
The Radio/Television/Film Major:
The RTF major is driven, intelligent and funny. With just the right dash of artist and tech savvy, the RTF major is more than creative; he’s a visionary. A hipster to the core, he’s more than likely into obscure indie bands and documentary films. The RTF major doesn’t just have an opinion about everything; he has a strong opinion about everything. He’s well-read and will make intelligent jokes that you won’t always understand. The RTF major is the epitome of the “cool nerd.” The RTF major’s idea of dinner and a movie is dinner is at a mom-and-pop Brazilian restaurant you’ve never heard of and catching an old-school horror flick at a retro-revival drive-in movie theater. He’ll make you want to follow your dreams as you watch him follow his, whether it’s launching a dry humor web series about teenagers in America or writing a script doused in existentialism.
The catch? Not always the most humble, the RTF major can be a little self-absorbed and too caught up in his own world to remember the things going on in your life…like your twenty-first birthday.
The Engineering Major:
The engineering major is intelligent in a different way than the RTF major. The engineering major is where book smart and tech savvy meet in the middle. Always thinking, the engineering major’s mind is constantly churning with ideas. He is logical, rational and reasonable. He sees both sides to every story and he is full of questions. Though he’s fiercely confident in his academic life, socially his confidence falls short as he keeps to himself most of the time. He feels most comfortable in one-on-one situations, which makes for dates full of fascinating conversation that will both perplex and amaze you. Though he claims to be the least creative person in the world, he’ll still come up with dates that impress, like taking you to the tallest building on campus with a telescope to check out Mars against a city skyline. Because he generally doesn’t act on impulse or emotion, the engineering major is consistent and stable.
The catch? Because the engineering major isn’t one for affection or putting himself out there, you’ll usually have to make the first move…on everything. Eventually he’ll open up but until then always being the first to make a move can be exhausting.
The Pre-Law Major:
While the pre-law major is the most headstrong and stubborn major on the list, he’s also the most loyal. He’s read more books than you can name, he keeps up with politics and he wants you to know it. He’s the perfect guy to spend a Friday night in with, watching CNN and eating takeout. He’ll fight you to the death on something seemingly minute, like which one of you left the toothpaste cap open. And while it sounds exhausting and annoying to be with someone who can fight over the littlest things, just know that he fights passionately but he loves with just as much passion. He’ll worry if you’re getting enough sleep or if your car needs an oil change, because he genuinely cares for you. He’ll be the first to stand up for you and the last to back down from anyone attempting to make you feel less than you are.
The catch? The pre-law major is an interesting paradox. He can come off as condescending and cold when you don’t know the name of your state’s senator but he always wants what’s best for you. You can expect to have fights that are completely blown out of proportion but you can also expect the most over-the-top, generous and thoughtful gestures from him. It will be a roller coaster but the highs will make the lows worth it.
Even if you don’t get a chance to date the majors I listed, I highly recommend you dabble in dating a variety of ‘em. Even if you’re set in your ways with your certain type of guy, be it the bad boy or the athlete, dating outside of your typical dating niche is an eye-opening (and sometimes toe-curling) experience that even if you regret, you’ll grow wiser from.
[This story was originally posted by Anjli - University of Texas, Austin.]