Dating someone who goes to a different college
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!
No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.
Consider why your family doesn’t like your partner or why your partner doesn’t like them.
Remember that feeling isolated and no one else liking your partner can be warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
Even if you are “hooking up,” your partner should not be disrespectful or controlling.
You should be able to communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences or abuse.
Holding grudges for a long time can result in building up anger, distress, doubt and a lot of other negative feelings that can make you unhappy and stressed.
To maintain a healthy relationship, you need to be able to forgive your partner for their past mistakes. Try to remember: being with a person you cannot forgive is not going to do either of you any good.
Whether you call it “dating” or something else, all partners should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.If you think that talking to your parents might be hard, start with your friends or other adults you trust.Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.Remember the rules for a healthy relationship apply to hook-ups, too.There’s no singular right answer to this question, because everyone is different!