Relationships on campus

Here at K, it seems like everyone can find someone to love and you would be hard-pressed not to find someone who does not share similar views or interests as you. Going to meetings, taking classes together, and avoiding cliques like those that form through sports or just one student organization make it so easy to meet and mingle with new people.

So what happens when you meet someone who is more than a friend? Since this is college, relationships and the choices we make regarding them help us to grow into mature, young adults. My boyfriend and I get to choose when we hang out, how much time we allocate to spending together, if we are going to eat meals together or with others, etc. On top of everything else that comes with being in a relationship, we balance our rigorous studies, jobs, and co-curricular activities. I never thought I would be able to do it, but here I am, eating my own words.

Kalamazoo College is very supportive of healthy relationships both on campus and those that extend off campus, like long-distance relationships or relationships while on study abroad. A variety of resources are available to students regarding making good decisions with their partners. The Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG), Counseling and Health Centers, the Sexual Safety and Support Alliance, Kaleidoscope (our LGBTQA group), and the Peer Health Advocates are all groups and resources available to students.

Kalamazoo College is well known for being open and accepting of relationships of all orientations. Our campus is a safe environment for those within the LGBTQA community and we pride ourselves supporting a healthy lifestyle for all students. College is stressful enough without having to worry about expressing or not expressing your sexual orientation. I hear all the time how our campus is a “comfortable” place for expressing any type of sexuality; straight or gay, public or private.