Written by Suzanne Ford. Media by Sean McFarland.
As wedding season comes to an end, many Greenville College students find themselves pondering how some of their peers have already chosen to spend the rest of their lives with someone. For these students, deciding which fall drink at Jo’s is their favorite might be the biggest commitment they have made so far this year. Many single Panthers feel the pressure to be on the prowl for their soulmate, whether on Scott Field, the Union, or in COR101. However, it is necessary and healthy to step back from the hunt and at times ask, “Why so serious?”
The mastermind behind bringing The Dating Game to Greenville College this year was Emily Fakkema, the all-famous Kinney-Tenney Hall CRE. The first game of the night was between a dating couple, an engaged couple, and a married couple, and they competed by answering questions about their significant other. The winner of this game ended up being the engaged couple—Adam Wallace and Mattie Fairchild. The second game of the night was with one bachelor and three female volunteers from the audience in order to win a date based off of a blind interview. Tyler Semple, the night’s most eligible bachelor, picked Aleah Jenkins as his date. The last game was a bachelorette leading the interview of three male audience members. Greenville’s most eligible bachelorette, Olivia Huber, chose Isaac Barber but changed her mind to James Bernhardt after Isaac could not attend the date with her (we all know the real reason was because she did not like the starter Pokémon he chose when she asked about his favorite). Overall, it was a night filled with laughter and all the candidates were great sports.
The idea behind the event was to create an atmosphere that would take some of the pressure off dating and remind everyone that it is also important to have some fun when it comes to match-making. We all know that the point of dating is to discover whether or not another person is a good match for us as we live out our Christian life, but we also forget that you don’t have to DTR (determine the relationship) the second time you sit next to each other in chapel. You don’t have to discuss whether you’ll name your second child Elijah or Matthew a week after you have been dating. Sometimes, people might choose to go on a Union date simply based on the fact that they both share a mutual love for popcorn chicken quesadillas, and that is okay! Dating to get to know one another better can be fun and light-hearted. The Dating Game proved that having an enjoyable time and approaching dating with humor can lead to great things—like a paid in full date to see Gravity in St. Louis with a group of people who you may not have spent time with otherwise!