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What It’s Like To Be The Single Girl During ‘Cuffing’ Season

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WVU chapter.


Alright ladies, as October comes to an end, a new season is coming up. And no, I’m not just talking about winter. It’s that time of the year when, for some strange reason, everyone seems to find a significant other.

That’s right, cuffing season has returned. As the weather gets colder and we tend to stay inside more due to the chilly air, many people tend to want a relationship to keep them occupied. Not to mention, you’ll have a cuddle buddy every night to fight off Jack Frost. There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s a common occurrence in college. However, for some people, they avoid cuffing season at all costs, leaving them to be the single lady.

Believe me, it’s not fun awkwardly watching your friends pair off while you remain relationship-less. Perhaps you don’t have the time to commit to someone else, or maybe you simply don’t want to be tied down. Whatever the reason may be, you’re single, and now most of your friends aren’t. Adjusting to this is always a bit strange. You’ll get texts apologizing that they can’t make it because they’re going pumpkin picking with their boyfriend, or you’ll be left out of the date nights. It’s strange to be left out or alone, but there are ways to make the best of it.

For me, I like to use this season to branch out and meet new people. Your friends are in the honeymoon stage as their relationships start, which means many of them will be with their significant other as much as they possibly can. So take this opportunity to expand your relationships and spend time with people you don’t typically see. Invite your lab partner out on a Friday night, talk to new people at the bar. Rather than keeping yourself locked in your room, go out and have a good time.

As the only single one in your friend group, embrace the things that your newly tied down friends can no longer do. Dance with that cute guy across the room. Your friends now have to use the phrase “sorry, I have a boyfriend” to those trying to hit on them, but you can have fun with that. Attempt to plan a girl’s night. One of your friends might not be able to do it because they’ have plans with their boyfriend, but there are bound to be others who are more than willing to dance the night away. Some of your friends might have to skip out on quite a few things once they’re in cuffs, but that doesn’t mean you do, too.

A junior at West Virginia University, Erin is majoring in Journalism (emphasis on Print) and working to achieve a minor in Creative Writing. Erin is currently the president of the Alpha Pi chapter of the national service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, and is a member of the Alpha Pledge class. She plans to pursue a career in journalism and focus on arts & entertainment.
  I grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. Growing up here I knew there was a possibility of going to West Virginia University my entire life. Although I decided to start my college career at the University of Kentucky, those country roads led me back to WVU in the spring of my sophomore year. This was also the point when I decided to establish myself as a Broadcast Journalist student. Since this point I have strived to become the best possible journalist I can be. I am currently working as a weekend reporter for WDTV-Channel 5 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Prior to receiving this position, I worked as an intern with WCHS-tv/FOX11, in the summer of 2014, where I learned critical editing, interviewing, writing, and speaking skills. I worked closely with anchors, reporters, editors, directors, producers, and even the web team. Aside from the television industry, I am the Campus Correspondent for the West Virginia University Chapter of the online entertainment magazine, Her Campus. Another position I currently hold is the Social Media Chair of WVU’s Radio Television Digital News Association Chapter. In the Fall of 2012, I became a sister of the Alpha Phi Fraternity, in which I held the position of ‘Big Sister Chairman.’ My other passions include horse back riding, scuba diving, being outdoors, and running. I am very adventurous and I try to stay well rounded. My goal in life is to live life to the fullest and be the best possible version of myself. My ultimate goal would be to earn a spot as a reporter/anchor for Fox News, New York. I plan to graduate in December of 2016 and look forward to my future.