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Tips and tricks from student to student on how to thrive this cuffing season

Caity Healy | Lifestyle Editor

It’s that time of year again; the sound of leaves crunching is all around, the smell of pumpkin spice brewing is strong and the breeze of crisp Monmouth air is making it just cool enough to throw on our beanies and scarves. That’s right: cuffing season is officially in full swing.

For those who are unaware, cuffing season is when, as Urban Dictionary defines it, “people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be ‘cuffed,’ or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”

So, essentially, it’s the time of year when everyone begins keeping their eye out for their next one true love.

Students at Western are no exception to this season; like all others, we have that desire to find someone to spend the holiday season with.

For your benefit I am using my platform to provide advice from one student to another on how to find the right one just in time for sweater weather and snuggle season.

What better way to make that great first romantic impression than to take the leap and ask them to go on a date with you?  Courage goes a long way; oftentimes, the other person will be impressed with the forwardness that it takes to do such a thing. Be careful and make sure to do this in a polite way.

Junior Bailey Thompson, language arts education major, noted that you should “not yell at the person while you’re driving past them in your car,” as nobody appreciates being cat-called. Additionally, Thompson mentioned that, “if someone has avoided you on multiple occasions, take the hint.” Be respectful of their answer, and simply find someone else.

However, you can’t plan that perfect date until you find the perfect person to ask out. In order to do that, you have to know where to look.  

In response to where she recommends looking for dates, sophomore criminal justice major Emily McKnight commented, “I feel like nowadays, it’s all social media.” Meanwhile, McKnight notes that if she were to approach someone in person, she “wouldn’t even know what to say.” So, if you want to avoid that awkwardness, simply head to Tinder, Instagram, Twitter or any other form of social media to find your ideal cuffing season date.

If all else fails, there’s no need to be discouraged. Because when in doubt, everyone falls for a good pick up line, right? Here are some suggestions:

“I wanna live in your socks so I can be with you every step of the way.”

“Are you a fruit? Because Honeydew you know how fine you look right now?”

And last, but not least, a personal favorite: “Are you a beaver? ‘Cause dam.”

With that, I say goodbye and best of luck to you on your cuffing season search.

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