The Wheaton College dating scene is something like a sitcom. Guys and girls alike want to date, and sometimes they’re even attracted to each other, but most do not date. It’s true, the student body is the friendliest you’ll ever meet, and you can go up to just about anyone and start a conversation. However, a stereotype has formed at Wheaton, turning casual dating into a stressful task: “Wheaton students only date if they’re looking for a mate.” In fact, many girls consider whether or not their suitor is marriage-material before they even accept an invitation to go out. Scary cliché aside, Wheaton students really do view dating differently, for two main reasons. First, most students are extremely focused on academics. Second, all the men and women are of the Christian faith, which affects how they view romantic relationships. At Wheaton, asking someone out is not commitment-free.
That being said, many students find that dating is both possible and fun. If you’re willing to break the stereotype and give dating a shot, you’ll find it's worth the trouble. Just be aware that if you go on a couple dates with someone, you'll probably hear rumors around campus that you've entered into a serious relationship. As for a sex scene, the portion of sexually active students is very small, but it is out there. Here’s some free advice: At Wheaton, getting to know that special someone as a friend before asking him or her out is a good idea. But don’t be afraid to ask! Get a meal, watch a movie, play Frisbee! Have some courage! Maybe you can help make Wheaton a more dating-friendly place!