Throughout high school, people have many different relationships with friends and family. One relationship that tends to be the center of conversations, is a dating relationship. Senior Lydia Hogan gives insight to her relationship and advice for those who are thinking about committing to a relationship.
At an all-girls school it can sometimes be tough to meet new people, especially boys. Hogan met her boyfriend, Tyler, through a friend. “Someone introduced me to him at a football game, then we started texting, and then met in person,” Hogan said.
When asked about having a boyfriend in high school Hogan said, “Don’t think you have to have a boyfriend, because you don’t need one. But if you happen to find someone you really like and you want to date them, then do it, and if it feels right just do it, but if it doesn’t, don’t force it.”
Hogan has gained many things from having a boyfriend. “I have gained confidence in myself, happiness and a best friend,” Hogan said.
Hogan and her boyfriend have been dating for two years now, and even after two years of dating, there can sometimes be awkward encounters—they’re almost inevitable. “One time we were at Kona Grill and someone came up to us, and asked if we were brother and sister… and it was awkward, very awkward. It actually happens a lot,” Hogan said. She says when they have awkward instances like that they just laugh and brush it off.
Dating in high school can be tricky however you slice it, however Hogan’s relationship is more difficult than most. Since her boyfriend is a freshman in college this year, they have pursued a long distance relationship. “If you really like the person, I’d say it’s definitely worth it, and if you want to continue the relationship then definitely try to if you are both willing to, but just keep in mind it is hard to do,” Hogan said.
Dating can be a whirlwind of excitement and compromise. While high school relationships don’t necessarily mean forever, those relationships can give you skills, such as communication, trust, prioritizing and experience.