Syracuse Hot Spots: Where to Find the Next Mr. or Mrs. Right


By Julia Fuino

For all you singles at Syracuse University looking for more than just a one-night stand, hoping to get involved with someone who has more depth and personality than a Ke$ha or Pauly D wannabe, this one’s for you.

It’s hard to find a boyfriend or girlfriend if the only places you search are frat parties, bars, and night clubs. So, I’ve compiled a list of places right here in Syracuse that I believe are the perfect places to find that special someone.

Bird Library

Whether you’re in there to actually study and get work done, or end up just sitting on Facebook—the initial intention of going to the library is always a good one—this is a great place to scout potential suitors. Especially if it’s a Thursday night when the majority of people cut through Bird on their way to the bars.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is the perfect place to meet people. Aside from already implying that they have a good head on their shoulders, the section of the store in which you find them is a great personality indicator. Patrick Kingsley, a junior, says that aside from being one of his favorite stores, Barnes & Noble, or any bookstore for that matter, is the type of store that will imply that the person is intelligent and, also, more likely to carry great conversation.

The Gym

The gym is one of my favorite places on this list. It implies that the person is committed to health and fitness, which also means they have a less likely chance of ever letting themselves go. Sounds shallow, but it’s the truth. Danielle Kramer*, a sophomore, says the gym is where she knows she will find a dedicated guy, “especially if he’s still interested after seeing me all sweaty and not looking my absolute best.”


One of my best friends met her boyfriend at the Wegmans in Dewitt. The two of them would grocery shop there every week and always seemed to run into one another. After several weeks passed by of continuously seeing one another in the same aisles, they struck up a conversation about how they were both buying juice boxes as college-aged kids and he ended up asking her out on a date. Yes, a date.

Basketball Game

A basketball game is another great place to find someone who loves sports, is dedicated to their school, and knows how to have a good time with friends. Mike Montrallo*, a junior, met his girlfriend at an SU basketball game freshman year. Their group of friends sat side by side and he and she, being on the ends of both groups, wound up sitting right next to one other. “She seemed like she was really into the game and I don’t really even like basketball so it was cool seeing a girl get that into it…We’re still together,” he says.

These are just some of my suggestions, but what it really comes down to is this: Go to the places you enjoy—and I’m not talking about a party on Friday night. If you’re someone who enjoys live music, for example, and find yourself at Funk n’ Waffles during the week, chances are you’ll meet someone who shares that same interest—and only good can come from enjoying, doing and agreeing on the same things. You end up meeting the wrong people when you pretend to be someone you’re not, or do something you hate. So do what you love, enjoy what you like, and you can’t go wrong.

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