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“Being single has its pluses because you’re free to focus your time on other valuable things in your life, especially in college when you’re still figuring out who you are,” said Ana Pereira, a first-year history major.
Besides just trying to figure out who you are, being single does a number of other great things.
“Being single allows you to focus more on your goals for school, life, family, and your own personal needs. Often times being in a relationship adds another topic in the mix to balance, which isn’t always the easiest thing,” says Rachael Haacke, a third-year landscape major.
Just worrying about one person is great. But are there any downsides?
“I think every situation is what you make of it, and if you have great friends and live in the moment then being in a relationship isn’t necessarily a necessity,” said Haacke.
No one should be depressed, or sad about being single.
“If you realize that it will happen when it happens, when it is right, then there is no sense in being depressed about not being in a relationship,” Haacke said.
Life is what you make it. There is nothing wrong with being single, and nothing wrong with being in a relationship. Everyone is different. Some are better riding solo, and some just prefer to have a special someone.
Erica Derrico, a first-year journalism major, talks about her long distance relationship with boyfriend Billy Brightenburg. They have been together for four years!
“Not to sound cheesy but, Billy is really my everything. He’s not just my boyfriend but, he’s my best friend,” she said.
They discussed how they make there relationship work between Erica living in SLO, and Billy living in Long Beach.
“Skype, Skype, Skype and Skype,” said Brightenburg.
But not every relationship is butterflies and rainbows all the time.
“Sometimes it is hard to see eye to eye on certain topics. That is always difficult because he’s stubborn and I’m stubborn so then it turns into a giant fight,” Derrico said.