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The Dos and Don'ts of Dating: A Beginner's Guide

Published: February 9, 2015

Our teenage years are spent trying to figure out who we are while trying to figuring out what we want in a partner. Although this is an exciting time in our lives, it’s important to keep some things in mind while dating.


Take risks- Life is all about taking chances. If you get the chance to go out with someone new, chance it! Not every relationship will become a storybook romance, but even the ones that don't work out can provide valuable lessons about yourself, your wants and your dislikes.

Be yourself- It’s easy to agree on the same things when you start a new relationship, but don’t let yourself lose sight of who you are. Relax and be comfortable with yourself.   

Go on a date with someone you feel so-so about- This is a great opportunity to figure out how you feel about someone.

Trust your instincts- If you think this relationship will cause you trouble and hurt, run! Trust your gut.


Limit yourself- Dating is an opportunity to find out who YOU are and what you want in a partner. Take this time to meet new people and discover who you are.

Put all your eggs in one basket- At this stage in our lives, it’s tempting to plan out a future with the one you love. Unfortunately plans change, so it’s important to expect change and be ready for it. Change can be a great thing!

Look for perfection- Nobody’s perfect! Learn to love people’s flaws.

Overanalyze if the guy or girl doesn’t text or call again- If you two don’t click, don’t take it personally. There is someone out there for you, and it is okay that this time it didn’t work out.