Living alone in a big city for the first time with a real job and a whole new selection of men isn’t as simple as it seems.Here are eight things to be prepared for in the post-college dating scene: 1.After being in college for four years surrounded by thousands of people my own age, I feel like there is no one my age around here! Online dating is a great solution for people like Megan who move back home after college and are struggling to find love.“Since I work in a female-dominated field, I was having trouble meeting guys my first year out of college so I decided to try out Ok Cupid, says Leslie* from Wayne State University.Make sure your first date with a new guy happens outside of your apartment.Let him know from day one that you are not a booty-call by refusing to spend the night too soon. Casually dating multiple people at once is the norm You’re in a new city surrounded by tons of people.Say yes when the cute guy who’s 8 years older than you asks you out for coffee. Guys will want to talk on the phone In college, you usually text because it’s convenient and because you’re so used to communicating in that way.After college, talking on the phone becomes more of the norm.
“It’s not leading someone on; be honest and carefree as you take dating day by day; remember, you’re meeting lots of people, and only one will stick,” she says.His baggage isn’t always bad; it just means he’s had different life experiences than you.As long as you go into it with a positive attitude and an open mind, you should be able to handle these little challenges.Even if you don’t end up pursuing any of the dating opportunities you find online, you’ll get a self-esteem boost as you see your inbox fill up with new messages from cute, available guys. Guys have more baggage Maybe he’s been engaged or married, maybe he has a child, or maybe he’s had a live-in girlfriend.Whatever his baggage is, be prepared to handle surprises that you never had to deal with in college.