[PART 1]

By Madison Sajud-Sevilla

It took me a couple of years to get over my last relationship. And then, I just sort of fell into a comfortable routine of work, graduate school, and, you know, that sheer joy of not being heartbroken over anyone except fictional characters. I have books, K-dramas, and food. What else could I possibly want? But the people around me have a lot to say about it:

“You’ve been single for almost five years? How could you let that happen?”
“You really need to get out there, you know. You’re not getting any younger.”
“It’s not like you have to marry the guy, just try it out!”

“So, I’ll just enter a convent! Jesus is nice. He won’t care if I’ve gotten chubby and can’t really parallel park!” I joked, and religious people shushed me and told me Jesus isn’t rebound material.

With my 30th birthday looming on the horizon, the well-meaning comments from family, friends, and coworkers were starting to get on my nerves. I wanted to meet someone special too, but how was I supposed to do that in this day and age?

It was easier back in school. You were constantly surrounded by single people your age. These days, my peers are all either married or in serious relationships. It’s not that easy to meet someone new.

Okay fine. Fiiiiine. I’ll put myself out there and see what the dating world is like now. And since I’m an all-or-nothing sort of girl, I gave myself one year and just went full blast with the whole dating thing, a social experiment of sorts. Keep an open mind pala, ha? Okay, let's do this.

Tinder, Happn, Diptych, blind dates, referrals, that guy handing out condominium flyers, that dude trying to sell diet shakes, as long as you’re not an axe murderer, let’s go. I’m ready if you’re ready. DATE ME.


Read The Dating Experiment [Part 1] here.
Read The Dating Experiment [Part 2] here.
Read The Dating Experiment [Part 3] here.

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About Madison

Madison Sajud-Sevilla is finishing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and has spent the past ten years working in the field of education. She is currently working with children and teenagers to help maximize their academic potential while also developing their self-confidence and social skills. She is a hardcore introvert, the kind who is so uncomfortable socializing with new people that she compensates by talking to their pets instead. Her hobbies include baking ugly cakes, referring to herself in the third person, and geeking out over books and games.


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Edits: Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

Online Publisher: PaperKatBooks

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