Q: Do you have any broad dating advice for high school students?
Mr. Gelb: “Don’t get pregnant. Seriously don’t do it. Um, love the one your with? What? I don’t know. Don’t be stupid.”
Ms. Prodromo: “First of all if you break up with someone your give them one more chance, only one more chance. If you are breaking up multiple times then this relationship is not working. You’re done, its over. Okay and my second piece of advice is don’t ditch your friends for your boyfriend or girlfriend. But I know no teenagers will ever listen to that.”
Mr. Kauffmann: “When I was dating my main rules were that there needs to be some sort of attraction and some sort of connection beyond that attraction. And don’t take it too seriously because I do think that the drama of dating gets in the way of a whole lot of things.”
Ms. Bratton: “This might sound kind of counter intuitive, but date as many people as possible, because you have to kiss enough frogs to find your prince and you learn from your mistakes. You might think you know what your type is but you might find out its something different.”
Q: How would you ask someone out?
Mr. Gelb: “Not by text message. Um, you gotta be cool about it. You have to have a plan about it too. Or you could try the accidental date thing. Maybe bump into them somewhere. Facebook stalk them before.”
Ms. Prodromo: “You should ask in person. And of course I’m coming from the girl’s point of view. I want you to give me specific details. A specific time, a specific place, and a specific date, not like, ‘Do you want to hang out sometime.’ ‘Yeah right. I’ll hang out with my friends.’ And girls should NOT ask guys out. Don’t call him first don’t do anything first. Guys like to chase and after they want to feel like they’ve won you like your some sort of prize. Guys should be serving you, buy you things. A guy should be treating you well but don’t date a guy who’s stupid.”
Mr. Kauffmann: “You know I would try to find that person when they’re not with a group of people, and just kind of be real. Ask someone who can really appreciate you for who you really are.”
Ms. Bratton: “As a girl I would never ask anyone out but I would drop hints.”
Q: How do you know if a person is cheating on you?
Mr. Gelb: “Check the Facebook wall. Uh, if they’re not contacting you or texting you as often as they did. Well, if they’re cheating on you then they’re a bad person anyways and you shouldn’t be with them.”
Ms. Prodromo: “When I think back to the two guys that cheated on me, I just knew something was up. If your not trusting them then dump them. DUMP THEM. If you find yourself at the point where you’re like hacking into their email then they’re making you crazy. You aren’t behaving like a rational person and that’s not the kind of person you should be with.”
Ms. Bratton: “I think the signs are there. You might have a gut instinct if something is going south with the relationship. The cheating doesn’t just come out of the blue, the cheating in an indication that something was wrong in that relationship. If at any point in the relationship where you feel unhappy or you’re not trusting that person then make sure you have that talk, don’t wait until it’s too late.”