The best relationships are built on honesty, trust, openness...and free stuff - free foot massages, free dinners, and free love and support. So in the spirit of St. Valentine's, we’re sharing some free ways you and your honey can support each other in your educational and professional journey. You gotta agree that there’s nothing more romantic than a honey that supports your goals and is your loudest fan on the bleachers.
Being an awesome human being is a prerequisite for being with you, and this includes supporting your dreams and goals. It’s even more amazing when your person’s got your back and wants you to get that degree or “out-of-your-league” job even more than you do. There are endless things you and your sweetheart can do to support each other. Here are 5 that can benefit your relationship AND your studies.
Be your student
To truly learn something, you should be able to teach it to another person in layman’s language. Who better to do this with than the person you spend the most time with and who can give you honest feedback? This is especially helpful if your sweetie has zero clues of what the heck you do on the daily.
Be your teacher
Interested in being an interesting person? Interesting people usually have knowledge of multiple aspects of life and can talk about it. Your honey probably knows things that you don’t. Ask them to teach you about their specialty or delight you with one of their skills. This is also a good way to bond and gain more appreciation of how talented your honey is.
Expand your network
You may not know it but your honey may be a contact goldmine. If there’s something you need help with and they can’t help you, ask them if they know of anyone, even remotely. You never know who your honey is friends with, for better or for worse.
Be your tester or proofreader
Having another person to help you study works wonders, whether that’s quizzing you or proofreading your thesis. Sometimes we’re stuck in our heads, convinced that we’ve just drafted the next Harry Potter series. Outside feedback would be helpful.
Also, sometimes we have no self control and we just want the damn answer on the back of the notecard (been there too many times). When studying with your honey, tell them to hold off on giving you the answer, even if you go hard on the puppy eyes.
Late night/early morning coffee & donut run
Days where studying is more important than sleep and bathroom breaks are inevitable. It’s during these times that a sugar- and caffeine-filled snack will transform your life. A sweet sweet Valentine is always up for the challenge of finding the nearest open donut shop to help you crush that test, interview, or whatever.
Let your honey know that you’re just as excited for, and about, them and give the same support. Now go and teach each other something new! The gift of knowledge, after all, is the best Valentine's present you can give and get. True? Perhaps. Corny? For sure!