Dr. Date, I asked my boyfriend of 10 months to come home with me for Christmas and meet my family, and he said no! To be honest, I was shocked. We’ve been together for a while, and I thought we were really serious. When I asked him why, he said he thinks it’s too soon to meet my parents. Is it really too soon? Or is there something else going on? —Jumping The Gun?
Dr. Date, Is it weird for a freshman guy to date a senior girl? There’s this girl in my class who I really want to ask out, but she’s 21, and I’m 18. I’m definitely picking up interested vibes from her, but I don’t know for sure if she’ll say yes because of the age difference. Also, if she does say yes, will it be weird that I can’t drink yet? Is it lame to ask her out for coffee? Any help is appreciated. —Young Guy
Dr. Date, I went on a first date with this guy recently. He seemed really cool, but 1) he chose the movie, and he chose “The Best Man Holiday,” and 2) he cried through the whole movie. It was so awkward, and now he won’t stop texting me. What should I do? —Wearing The Pants
Nice Pants, What, pray tell, is so offensive to your sensibilities about an emotional man?
Dr. Date, When I came here for my exchange, I was hoping to meet new people, see some snow and take a class that wasn’t offered back home. I’ve currently accomplished two out of the three, but things haven’t exactly been conducive to actually getting to know people. Yes, I’ve casually met a few people, but because the majority of those in my classes are seniors and other people with massive time commitments outside of school (medical students, woohoo), I have yet to find more than one or two whom I’ve seen outside of class.
Dr. Date, Last weekend, I was out with a few buddies, and we decided to get tattoos. I know, bad idea. Actually, really bad idea — I drunkenly got my ex’s name tattooed on my shoulder! It’s about 5 inches tall with a huge heart. Not easy to miss. I don’t remember doing any of this, but my girlfriend was, should we say, less than pleased. I can’t really afford to get it removed right now, but I also can’t keep sleeping on the couch. Help a guy out, doc? —In Ink
Dr. Date, I’m a PSEO student (I know, I know), and this fall, I’ve sort of had a thing with one of my instructors from last semester. I’m 18, and he’s 25. He’s really great (and MATURE), but I’m terrified to tell my parents about it. I’m only living at home for a few more months before starting as an official U student, but I don’t know if I can keep this quiet for that long. Should I tell them? And if so, what’s the best way to bring it up? —Schoolgirl
Dr. Date, I recently made conversation with a girl in one of my CSCL courses. Although her name shall remain a secret, she is a true Shakespearean beauty with an adorable, rock-your-socks-off character. After discussing the minutiae of the idea of “normal” and the question of “women,” we made inquiries about the more exciting things in life, and she happened to mention her working for the Daily as a photographer. Upon hearing this, I found her almost impossibly more attractive than before.
Professor: “My polarized sunglasses — I got these where I get most of my clothing and accessories ... the lost and found. Pretty much whatever you guys lose is what I wear; they don’t pay us much here.” —Tate Laboratory of Physics
“I would pick earthquakes over winter.” —Washington Avenue
Guy 1: “Data was a robot! He’s not morally considerable!” Guy 2: “What about Seven of Nine? She was a robot!”