Chances are great that you will participate in behavior you otherwise would not get involved in. You should familiarize yourself with your college’s sexual misconduct policy and definition of consent and know what a healthy relationship looks like. Maybe you want to do some things differently at college, or perhaps there are some friendships you know you need to leave behind.Freshman year is an opportunity for a fresh start and greater independence.Of course, I'm not gunning for that outcome for anyone, but if it's going to happen, it's best to know that in the first year. I'm no longer terrified of fighting with my partner, though, mostly because I've learned that a conflict every now and then is OK, and even healthy, as long as you're with someone who truly wants to work it out (and doesn't just want to fight for the sake of fighting).One of my favorite questions in a fight: "What are you upset about right now?If that's your partner — or you — you'll find out right away by whipping up something together.If I could go on a Friday-though-Monday jaunt with my partner once a month, I'd be like [insert hands-in-the-air emoji here].
If you ever feel like you're in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
As I compiled this list, I went back through my own relationships and thought of things I've done — or didn't do — in the first year with someone. Here are 9 things I believe every couple should do together in the first year of dating.
The things that made the cut for this list are all things that really contributed to learning about a new partner in those exciting, sparkly, delicate first 12 months. This is a great way to connect — and to ascertain whether you're compatible.
I also think it's worth traveling with a partner in the first year of dating because you'll learn a hell of a lot about each other.
I've heard of couples traveling together and breaking up as a result, because they find out that they're totally incompatible.