Almost every collegiette™ has thought twice about the cutie in her English class or even a one-on-one tutoring session with her TA. While thinking about these guys seems simple enough, does the fantasy work out in real life?
You end up spending a lot of time with the people in your major between classes, group projects, different clubs, and you probably run into them in the library the night before your midterms. Whether or not you make plans to see that person outside of Lanigan, you're bound to run into them at a party or on Bridge Street Friday nights. Oswego’s campus hosts over 8,300 undergrad students, but once you get romantically involved with someone; you’ll end up seeing their face everywhere.
Once you get used to seeing them around, you might muster up enough confidence to hook up with your group-mate or even dare to brave the TA-Student relationship.
It’s a risk.
Anyone who is in a relationship at this age knows that fights and disagreements are common. Maybe things turned cold in Monday’s class after things got hot and heavy during Friday’s make out sesh. Emotional baggage is a heavy, heavy thing to carry especially when you see that person for an hour three days a week. In theory that seems pretty minimal, but there's only so much tension that a discussion on the Cold War can hold back (before you consider drawing your own weapons in class).
Almost anything that turns sour can heal over time, but the key is giving yourself time and space away from that person, which can be difficult when your schedules match. We have enough distractions in class between laptops, phones, and that weird kid who won’t stop picking his nose during lecture. It would be illogical to let your ex become a factor in your already declining GPA.
That being said, there are benefits to sharing a CRN and a relationship. It’ll be easier to understand each other’s stress levels when you have a similar work-load. Having the same interests will also help you connect on another level. And who doesn’t love the idea of a guaranteed study partner?
It’s up to you whether or not the risk is worth it, but at the end of the day, you might just wanna consider that marketing cutie whose classes are clear across campus.