Last night marked the kickoff of Date-apalooza: two weeks of events and deals intended to encourage students to go on romantic dates, friend dates or just to meet new people. On the docket are programs like speed dating, Date My Roommate and a Sadie Hawkins dance, as well as special discounts from restaurants on Maine Street.
This program comes around every year, and it brings with it the same conversations about our perpetual dissatisfaction with Bowdoin’s hook-up culture. This is not a new complaint; it can sometimes seem like there is no middle ground between the very serious relationship and the very casual hook-up. Our lack of dating culture can be frustrating for those who wish to find something in between.
We may not radically change the social dynamics of our school, but you can take ownership of your own experiences here. Ask someone from class to get a meal or to procrastinate studying with you. Text someone you haven’t seen in a while and invite them for coffee. You’ll be able to find things to connect over, and the worst-case scenario is that you don’t stay in touch and instead just have someone new to say hi to when you pass on the Quad. It is possible to meet new people here—both in a friendly and romantic way—but it takes effort, and it can be scary to put yourself out there. You can expand your social circle, whether or not you do it while speed-dating at Moulton Union.
The editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, which is comprised of Claire Aasen, Erica Berry, Nora Biette-Timmons, Marisa McGarry, Eliza Novick-Smith, Sam Miller and Sam Weyrauch.