The Love Doc Answers
BY JULIA KUANG '22
<3 Greetings <3 I hope all you lovely readers out there have had a wonderful beginning of the school year. Not to mention, it’s now fall: the best time to…fall in love! Latte foam art, tiny pumpkins, fuzzy socks—autumn is the best time of the year to cozy up with a new boo!
Q: So I’ve been pretty unclear about my relationship with this guy for a while now: we’ve been texting each other but sometimes in school I feel like he’s kind of ignoring me? He barely acknowledges my existence in front of his friends. But we dressed up as a couple for Halloween—he was the devil to my angel uwu.
A: Hmm. Hmmmmm. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Let’s unpack this step by step, okay? Now, I don’t mean to scare you. There’s nothing jarringly horrible about this. Maybe he’s just a…private person? But maybe then he wouldn’t have dressed up with you. Did he dress up with you to school? If he did, I’d say that’s an okay sign that he’s into you. Everything else though? Could be worrisome. If he’s ignoring your existence on the regular, he might not be that serious about whatever y’all have going on. This is the worst advice I can give, but ultimately, it’s your judgement call. If you think the Halloween costume was cute, then go you! But maybe there’s more to his devilish costume than you think, he could be a devil on the inside as well. Watch out—and best of luck!
Q: I have a MAJOR crush on this girl in my English class, but the only times I’ve ever talked/interacted with her are when I avidly agreed and responded to her points during Socratic seminars and on Google Classroom discussions. Do I have a chance?
A: Yeah, that sounds pretty good. Your odds could be much, much worse. At least by replying to her, she’s forced to recognize your existence. My hope is that, as per common Socratic seminar courtesy, you mention her name when you “agree with her” or “extend on her argument.” Ah yes, nothing like modern romance!
Potential next steps: make a “group chat” with people in your class so you can get her number and then individually slide in her dms, or even slide in through Google Classroom/email. Hope this helps!
Q: Is making instant ramen for someone a good-enough first date? I feel like the standards for the first date are really high, but I’m just not at that level of financial security yet.
A: That is more than awesome. At least, for me. Maybe we’re meant to be? JK! I’m just playing…unless?! Anyways, consider the person you’re asking out. Are they a noodle obsessed fiend like me? Or do they (strangely) find other foods more palatable? As for “first-date” standards, chill. You’re a high-schooler, nobody’s expecting you to dish out a couple hundred for some Michelin meal. Honestly, I bet like 98 percent of people out there consider grabbing coffee at Starbucks (or the superior Dunkin, obviously) a “good-enough” first-date.
And that’s all for now! And remember, as you lovely readers churn through the next few months of school, snow, cold, and potentially seasonal depression, don’t forget what’s most important: love. Hit me up with more steamy questions to warm up your winter!
With oodles of noodles and love,