by Hannah Beebe
At the University of Northwestern – St. Paul spring is in the air and that means another thing: lots of engagements. This has caused many students to label the spring season as a ring by spring season. This phrase is not only used on Northwestern’s campus, but at many different colleges around the Twin Cities.
A recently engaged Rachel Dougan, junior electronic media communications major, offered her advice on the perfect recipe to get a ring by spring. “The secret is to be best friends for two years, then date for a year and a half, then eventually a ring will fall into place.” Dougan laughs, “it is the perfect recipe for engagement.”
“The secret is to be best friends for two years, then date for a year and a half, then eventually a ring will fall into place.”
Emily Volkmer, a junior marketing major also has a recipe for love, “Step one: find crush; Step two: pretend to trip in front of them; Step three: if they ask ‘are you okay?’ just say ‘yes I was just falling for you.’ If they don’t notice, you are in the perfect position to trip them. You could say ‘now you are falling for me.’” Volkmer wants to make it clear this strategy has no backup of whether it works or not, but hopes are high.
Victoria Downey, a junior public relations major, says if you want to get a ring by spring to “hangout in the Stud a lot.” The Stud, nicknamed for the Student Center, is a place for students to hangout and study for finals.
Rachel Allen, a senior nursing major, says that if you want to get a ring by spring, “meet and become friends with every guy in the school. Or you could just stalk the guy you like until he just gives up.” Allen laughs, “but I wouldn’t recommend doing that.” Alexus Harrison Coleman, a sophomore elementary and special education major, says another way to get a ring by sprin’ is to read the Bible in front of people. “That way a guy or gal knows that you are looking for a Christian based relationship.”
Hannah David, a sophomore education major suggests “drop lots of hints.”
Serena Lee, a sophomore English major, who got engaged last fall to Joshua Hanson, says to “get together with your group of friends and tell them you want a ring by spring. Then maybe one of your friends will give a ring to you.” Lisa Sullivan, a sophomore nursing major suggests, “Be a social butterfly and talk to people. Or forget the ring by spring and eat pizza. Those are literally my goals.”
Most Northwestern students are single, but some are not necessarily looking for a ring by spring. Spencer Yeomans, a junior biology and chemistry major, says that students should not focus on ring by spring. Instead, Yeomans suggested focusing on school first. “Focus on graduating before you get married. Then give your full attention to your spouse later in life.” Jordan Broberg, a sophomore ministry major, simply stated, “don’t get a ring by spring. It is not a good idea.”