FOR HER

“The ratio” yields a product where the odds are good, but the goods are odd. Every girl knows it. Every girl loathes its implications for finding a guy. Guys calculate when to approach a girl, at the proper degree of eagerness, to amass the essential acceleration necessary to equal the force that defies the laws of physics—but still fail miserably.  (f=ma)

Women have the lesser burden in terms of opportunities to meet potential suitors, yet despite the favorable numbers, ladies who are “single and ready to tingle”, but find themselves lacking a resonant male counterpart (or worse, rejecting those prospects that just aren’t on their frequency) to play the role of their love interest. The reasons for the existence of these brilliant and lonely women are numerous, mystifying, and rather irrelevant, because here’s the good news: The fulfillment of your romantic fantasies IS possible.

There are three steps to take to finally find the love that’ll satisfy your irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Step one: Lose the fear; it doesn’t go with your choice to find happiness. (For those asking themselves, “What choice?” proceed to step two.) Choosing happiness is cool and effective, and fear makes strangers out of people who should be discovering common interest – or, should I say, love interests – and becoming better people together.

Assuming they come together capable of happiness, which brings us to how to become instantly more attractive to not only any potential crushes, but all those you encounter.

Step two: Choose to find happiness. I believe that happiness – like excellence, as Aristotle would say – is a habit. And habits are those activities which stick. Choose on a daily basis to be happy in and of yourself, and you will immediately find yourself more attractive. Barney Stinson from CBS’s TV show “How I Met Your Mother” has the best advice on how to do this: “Stop being sad and be awesome instead.” True story, indeed.

Speaking of attraction, here’s step three: The worst thing you can do is take yourself too seriously. So stop that and enjoy the delightfully ungraceful parts of yourself; it’s endearing.

This way to deal with this whole overly-critical, supremely-judgmental, and cripplingly-insecure mode of living is to laugh at yourself, be awkward with pleasure, ask questions on your mind, look foolish, and allow others to do the same. After all, math is just numbers.

FOR HIM

“The ratio.” Every guy knows it. Evey guy loathes it. It makes finding love at Tech about as hard as your system dynamics final. But while the numbers are against us, there is hope.

Let’s start by looking at the numbers. The rate at which women are enrolling at Tech is steadily rising year after year. 2012 set a record this year with a ratio of 2.23 guys to every girl.

While this is great and all, you’d probably have to wait until about 2020 for that ratio to equal 1:1. Plus, what if the Mayans just happened to be right?

First and foremost, don’t fear the ratio. Embrace it. Ovid said it best with “Fortune and love favor the brave.” Get the idea that there are no women out of your range. Half of the battle is mental.

A common excuse among Tech students is that if you’re not involved in the Greek scene, then your chances of meeting someone from the opposite sex outside class are near zero. While fraternities and sororities offer  great opportunities to meet people, so does the fact that you still go to school with these same people.

Tech is a diverse place that has students from every background. It might seem like you know every Karate Kyle meme, but chances are, there is probably a girl out there who knows just as many, if not more than you.

Surround yourself with new opportunities and use the statistics to your advantage. Join a club or organization, strike up a conversation in class, or start a study group.

Networking is the bachelor’s best friend because chances are that you’re not going to meet the love of your life on Xbox live.

This isn’t to say all students are looking for love, but a majority of Tech students are in the same boat and are looking to meet new people. Even if you don’t meet Ms. Right, you’re still meeting people who will help to decide what qualities you are truly looking for in a partner.

If all else fails, expand your horizons. Georgia State is just down the street, UGA has the completely opposite ratio, and Agnes Scott doesn’t even have a ratio.