Those long Saturday afternoons watching “Legally Blonde” and “How High” have totally corrupted my view of college life. Sure, I knew that Princeton was not a University of Miami or even a Penn State, but all these diverse (and dare I say good-looking) men who come from all over has ignited within me a fiery and unbridled optimism that maybe….just maybe my luck in the romance department would change.
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One Saturday night, I conversed with several underclassmen girls who slightly drooped their heads down low and slouched their postures once the topic of boys came into the discourse. We hypothesized that Princeton men are too busy with their problem sets to notice the additions standing right in front of them. But being the open-minded person that I am, I decided to interview two men. You be the judge.
1. Do you consider yourself socially awkward?
Freshman: Not really. I could be far worse.
Sophomore: In some ways, I’m not terrible but I’m no James Bond either.
2. Was interacting with the opposite sex a goal of yours in coming to college?
Freshman: A goal?...In terms of a relationship, I don’t plan on it per se. But I expect it to crop up eventually.
Sophomore: Not specifically. Girls are nice, open, social: It is actually the guys that are more difficult to connect with.
3. Did you date in high school?
Freshman: Not often, but occasionally.
Sophomore: No. Too much of a distraction.
Sure the pressures of precepts, lectures, internships, and JPs can be overwhelming, but the girls seem able and willing to accept the challenges of balancing an academic and romantic life. Have the men become too focused on facts and the future that we are missing out on the illogical emotional adventures that may be waiting by our dorm doors?