A five-week healthy dating workshop beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7 aims to help students successfully navigate the world of dating.
Dating is stressful for Kaleb Tomkinson, a BYU-I student planning on attending the upcoming dating workshop. He says he constantly worries over what signals he’s sending.
As Tomkinson and his friends finished a game of pool one Thursday at The Crossroads, a girl at a nearby table asked if they wanted to talk about dating.
Shyloh Seaver, a senior majoring in marriage and family studies, had invited them to discuss their hopes and frustrations with dating — as well as introduce the upcoming healthy dating workshop she organized and teaches.
The workshop, sponsored by the Student Wellness Center, is a free five-week course based on the curriculum How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk by relationship counselor John Van Epp.
Seaver took the course and said it changed her life. The principles she learned in the course improved her relationships with friends and family as well as her dating life.
“Dating is so frustrating,” Seaver said. “But one thing I loved with this program is that I realized that I needed to let go of the things I couldn’t control with dating and to start controlling the things I could.”
The workshop is once weekly for five weeks, offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. The Tuesday classes run from Feb. 7 to March 14, and the Wednesday classes run from Feb. 8 to March 15.