Written by Joshua
BA (Hons) Communication and Media
When it comes to relationships at University, you get to hear all of the comments that you may feel unnecessary such as “it won’t last” or “you won’t be able to do it”. It is these comments that encourage you to challenge the supposed stereotypes of University relationships and their failures. From my personal experience, I can say that these stereotypes can be challenged – if you make the effort to maintain a strong relationship, then it can be done.
I have been in my relationship, at the time of writing, for nearly two years. At the point in which I was starting University, we had been together for six months. While this does not seem like very long, our relationship has definitely proven its worth while I’ve been at University. Of course, being in a long-distance relationship can have its challenges, such as the time there is between not seeing each other. However, in order to overcome this, you have to try and make the relationship work.
Being in Bournemouth, there are so many things that you can do in order to build the strength of your relationship if your partner comes to visit (which I am sure they will). From the sandy beaches and the Oceanarium to the BH2 complex, including an Odeon Cinema and a huge array of restaurants, there is plenty to do, especially with your partner.
Times can be tough; trying to balance University work, a social life, a family life, a relationship, and time to yourself. However, it can be done. No matter what other people say, you can do it. It will be tough. It will be a struggle. But if you want to be able to do it, then you can. One piece of advice that I can give: think about the future. If you are certain that your future has your partner in it, then look to the future. If you can do this, then you will have minimal problems when it comes to your relationship.
Now, nearly two years into our relationship, my partner and I have put a deposit on a flat together. She is moving away from her family, over 100 miles away, to live with me and start a new life in Bournemouth. That is what I call love.
If you can set yourself to something, then you can achieve it. If you can maintain a long-distance relationship and make it work, then you can achieve it.