5 Ways to Put Yourself Out There Romantically This Fall

Putting yourself out there in a romantic way is tough, but if it pays off, the reward is totally worth it.

Though it's easy to look at other couples and get jealous, or spend hours checking up on your crush via social media, it's so much more rewarding to take that leap and let those around you know you're ready for a relationship. That's why we've compiled a list of five ways to put yourself out there romantically this fall. Scroll down and check it out!

Blair and Nate Kiss on Gossip Girl

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Go to a Football Game

Let's face it, fall is all about football, and if you want to put yourself out there romantically this fall, what better way to do it then by watching your high school team take the field? Even if you're not a huge football fan, going to the game and sitting in the stands (with or without a group of friends by your side) is a terrific way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people.

And if you're nervous about putting yourself out there in this way, don't be. Since everyone is there with the same purpose (to cheer on the home team and have some fun) you already have a bunch in common with whomever you might meet in the stands or near the field. Talk about a great ice breaker!

 

Attend the Homecoming Dance

Even if you're single—actually, especially if you're single—make sure you attend the homecoming dance or any other similar social function at school. While it can be a bit difficult to go to a dance or party when it feels like you're surrounded by couples, rest assured that you're certainly not the only one without a date. This means there will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet and strike up a conversation with other single people.

If you're apprehensive about going to the dance alone, there's no reason you can't attend with a group of friends. Having your pals closeby is a great way to keep any anxiety you might have to a minimum, and your buddies are a great source of support and encouragement if you're trying to meet someone new. Even if the dance doesn't lead to any romance, you'll still have had an awesome night out with your besties!

 

Run for Student Council, or Embrace Another Activity

A great way to put yourself out there romantically is to just put yourself out there in a more general manner and create opportunities that will allow you to interact with a new group of people. One way to do that is by running for student council, or if that's not your speed, you can participate in the school play.

Sure, you can smile at your crush and laugh at a funny comment he or she makes it class, but sometimes the best way to really forge a bond with someone happens when you're less focused on the romance itself and more preoccupied with something else, such as student government or the play. If you meet someone who you click with and work to strengthen the relationship, chances are the romance will follow.

Betty and Jughead on Riverdale
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Let Go of the Past

Sometimes, putting yourself out there romantically means letting go of the past. That can be particularly difficult if you've just come out of a relationship or have generally been unlucky in the romance department, but saying adios to past bad experiences and hurt feelings is the first step towards being able to move forward and enter into a new relationship.

Once you feel like you've let go of the past and are truly ready to put yourself out there again, make sure you're friends and acquaintances know you're looking to date. You never know who might have someone in mind for you! In short, don't be shy about declaring you're looking for a relationship; we've all been there and can relate.

 

Don't Wait for Your Crush

Sure, the world would be a whole lot less complicated if your crush knew exactly how you felt about them and was ready and willing to make the first move, but chances are that's not going to happen. That means, if you're really serious about starting up a romance this fall, you might have to be the one to make the first move, Yes, it can be scary, and yes there's always the possibility of rejection, which is never fun—but there's also something really empowering about telling someone how you feel about them. If it turns out they feel the same way, then you've likely just kickstarted a relationship, and if not, you really haven't lost anything.

Emily and Paige on Pretty Little Liars
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