“Bison Love. Howard Love.”

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“Met her at Howard, lived in the towers/same floor that I was, which did allow us, to sit and talk for hours…” –Eric Roberson (Howard Alumnus) “A Tale Of Two”

Whether it is meeting the love of your life during the first day of classes as a freshmen or proposing to your sweetheart right after walking across the graduation stage, love in college, especially at Howard University, seems oh, so romantic and dreamy.

In this day in age of dating apps such as Tinder, dating websites such as E-Harmony, social medias such as Twitter and Instagram or the traditional blind dates (people still do those right? Maybe at Sankofa Café?), the belief of finding true love, specifically Bison love, on campus may seem like a distant dream. Or is it?

Below are five different perspectives to keep you not only informed, but to also help keep the hopes and dreams of finding your Bison King or Queen while you roam the love battlefield across the Mecca:

  1. Male V.S. Female Ratio

If you are not aware already, there are many, beautiful Howard women on campus! Many. Many as in there are more women versus men on Howard University. According to U.S. News and World Report, females make up 67.2 percent while males male up 32.8 percent, making it a substantial difference in numbers. What does this mean? It means Howard women might be having a harder time looking for love and Howard men might be facing too many choices to decide which woman is ‘The One” for themselves, but fear not! Don’t let this intimidate you! Anything is possible for Bison love.

  1. Hooking Up V.S. Commitment

Contrary to popular belief in modern society, there is a difference between “hooking up” and commitment. “Hooking up” could be defined as certain acts “between two people who are not dating or in a serious relationship and do not expect anything further.” A commitment, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, could be defined as “a promise to be loyal to someone or something.” Clearly, you can tell the difference between the two. One is serious and the other, not so much. In college, it is implied that women are more prone to finding commitment while men are more likely to just find a hook up. This is not always the case, but know that when it comes to finding Bison love in 2015, know who is “The One” willing to commit. When you do, the transition to living happily ever after become even more blissful!

  1. Single Life VS Married Life

Do college students see themselves getting married right after college with their college sweetheart? According to Facebook (although limited), yes indeed. In a 2013 study by Facebook Data Sciences, about 28 percent of married graduates attended the same college as their spouse. While there is absolutely no rush in going into marriage with a potential partner (take your time…take your time), who says it isn’t possible to marry your Bison love?

  1. Long Distance

They say, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” In this day and age, long-distance relationships have become more common with the technology and communication capabilities in todays times. Will this affect finding Bison love? Possibly. According to a 2005 study from the Journal of Communication, up to 50 percent of college students are in a long-distance relationship. This is not in all cases, but the choosing of a potential Bison man or woman may be a little scarcer than what it used to be before DM exchanges, Skype dates and FaceTime nightcaps.

  1. Legacies

Ah, the legacies and good stories of Bison love. One might of heard of a couple meeting at Douglass Hall while bumping into each other on the way to class. Another couple might have met during Howard Homecoming on a hot, sunny day. Or maybe a son or daughter of Bison graduates might desire to find Howard love like their parents found each other 47 years ago during the Howard ‘A’ building takeover. While they may have seen or heard testaments of Bison love, it always comes to a 50/50 chance. It could be like a flip of a coin. As finding love sometimes is detailed in that form. Taking chances on love, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Love is sold on many different ways in college. At Howard, it can be sold to students as a dream of “finding Howard love.”

While the possibilities of finding love are endless and many marriages have come from the Mecca, at the end of the day, it all depends on what you truly seek. If you seek love, love will find you. If you seek Bison love, well, good luck.

For some encouragement on finding Bison love, I stumbled upon a Valentines testament page of Bison love from the Howard University Alumni Association (http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/390799/59cb180ced/TEST/TEST/).

“H-U! You know!”



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