Letter from the Editor: February 2016

From a very young age, I have been a lover of love. From hopping on the back of my neighbor boy’s toy four-wheeler and riding off into the sunset at the age of 3, to writing love letters and sharing toys with a cute boy in the first grade, to present day when I cry at sappy commercials, I am a sucker for love.

From a very young age, I have been a lover of love. From hopping on the back of my neighbor boy’s toy four-wheeler and riding off into the sunset at the age of 3, to writing love letters and sharing toys with a cute boy in the first grade, to present day when I cry at sappy commercials, I am a sucker for love.

That’s why this issue was especially fun for me to put together. After reading all of the nominations and applications from our Most Eligible Singles, one thing stood out to me. Almost all of the nominees mentioned that they did not have any regrets about past relationships or love in general. Most of them elaborated, saying they didn’t regret any of their past experiences because they learned something from each relationship. Some of the nominees even said that they believed everything happened for a reason and that they were supposed to go through those experiences to learn and grow.

I guess it’s true when they say that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. At least that’s how I feel. Where would we be without experiencing heartbreak and loss? How would we be able to know that someone really is meant for us if we haven’t dated a few duds first?

Dating is kind of like trial and error. You can date someone for a while and realize that the experiment is failing. Maybe the ingredients aren’t mixing well, and they’re going to explode. Or maybe you date someone and things are going well. Then at the last minute, you realize you left the burner on too long, and the experiment fizzles out.

Whether you’re a science buff or not, you know what I’m talking about. Not all “experiments” work. Some are just meant to teach you what not to do. And others are supposed to teach you your strengths and weaknesses. It’s all just a learning experience. And in the end, you hope you end up with the best lab partner—the one who looks cute in a lab coat and protective eyewear, and preferably will help you to the eyewash station if things get a little rocky.

For all of you out there still on the dating scene, I wish you luck in finding your perfect person. Not all scientists get the results they’re looking for on the first try, so that should give you hope.

And don’t worry, you’re not alone. We have plenty of lovely singles in this issue.

Happy dating!

Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor

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