Cheap dates for broke college kids

 I, in no way, am a needy girl. I don’t ex­pect a lot from guys on dates.

At the same time, I definitely don’t want to just curl up on the couch with someone and watch Netflix movies all day when it could be pretty outside.

While cuddling and watching movies can turn out to be not such a bad choice, a girl would like to occasionally venture to other date-night destinations.

Here are some outdoor date-night sug­gestions that will have your girl as happy as a clam, and guess what?

You don’t even have to leave campus in order to make these dates happen.

1. Take her on a picnic.

Grab a blanket and some sandwiches, and head out to McCraray lawn. Girls love when you take them out for a picnic. Be sure to check the weather before you go. You don’t want it to rain on your parade. I have never experienced a picnic in the rain, but I feel it wouldn’t be pleasant.

2. Go fishing.

Round up some fishing poles and bread, and make your way to the pond. She may not know how to fish, or you might not know how. This will be an opportunity to teach each oth­er and bond. Then again, you both might not have gone fishing. If that’s the case, it will be an experience the two of you will share for the first time. Just make sure that this isn’t a first date or it might just end up like the MTV show “Catfish.” You very well might end up at the bottom of the pond.

3. Gaze at the stars.

While the professor at the observatory could be talking about constellations that are thousands of light years away, the two of you could be in your own Venus love ring.

4. Have a late-night campfire.

There are fire pits on campus that are hard­ly utilized. Gather up the ingredients needed to make s’mores and find a few serenading Pi Kappa Phi members. Then, you will be good to go. Perhaps the latter is a bit much, but it is a sure way to start a fire in both of you.

5. Go for a walk.

Sometimes it is nice to walk around and take in the scenery you normally would take for granted, especially if it is with someone you care about. Taking walks together could create bonds as well as improving your over­all health. Better health releases endorphins, which make you happy, and happiness is the foundation of a healthy and lasting relation­ship. You can’t beat that. 

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