Her Story: I Met My Boyfriend on Tinder

As the school year came to a close and graduation came and went, I began to wonder what this summer had in store for my relationship. Words can’t even begin to describe the summer that Nathan and I had together. We spent every single free moment we had with each other. Even though we were both working and I was taking summer classes, we made as much time as we could for each other. In those moments when we weren’t together, we would email each other at work, text each other funny pictures and plan our next hangout. Every month on the fifth, we would celebrate another month of happiness and memories. There were so many moments when we would both just sit in shock at the reality of our relationship. How was it possible for two total strangers to have met on Tinder, actually get along and even fall in love?

Yes, it was amazing to find love on an online dating site, but the real test was what came next. As the summer came to a close, it hit us both that we would no longer be in the same city. I was starting my freshman year of college, and he was going back home to Michigan to finish his senior year of college. We were faced with the choice of ending our relationship or starting a long-distance relationship, but we both knew the right choice.

The first time saying goodbye to each other was the hardest. As we stood there sobbing, we knew it was going to be a challenge to keep our relationship strong, but we had no idea the challenges we would face in those two months apart. On most days I would wake up feeling a knot in my stomach from the pain I felt of not being with Nathan. Then I would try to start my day as normal as possible, only to end up crying myself to sleep each night. How is someone supposed to handle being ripped apart from her soul mate and best friend?

We both recently finished our first semester apart and reunited with each other during winter break. These past four months without seeing each other was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m so thankful for technology for letting us be able to stay in contact, and for the fact that we didn’t have to go any longer than two months without seeing each other due to having the opportunity to see each other for a weekend. 

I know that Nathan and I are one of the millions of couples that are long distance. The thing that makes us special is that we’re not only beating the odds of maintaining a LDR, we’re also a couple who succeeded thanks to a silly little app.


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