Aunt Izzie: Crushing in chemistry

Dear Aunt Izzie,

I really like this super cute guy in my chemistry class. How do I get him to notice me?


Crushing in Chemistry


Dear Crushing in Chemistry,

Before you try and get this guy to notice you, consider the downside of going after someone you have a class with. Are you prepared to see him, two or three times a week, no matter what happens? Is this a stressful class, possibly early in the morning? Do you always look your best with chemistry goggles on your face?

Gettysburg is small enough, and hooking up with people in your classes will make it even smaller. If you are willing to chance avoidably seeing him multiple times in a week, even when you might look gross because chemistry is hard and stressful, then you are a brave soul. And here’s what you should do:

  1. Realize that you don’t have as much time with him as you think you do. Classes may seem to drag on for hours but semesters fly by, and if this is your only contact with him your crush will end when the semester does.
  2. Talk to him! Staring at someone across the classroom will only get you so far, especially if you look away in a panic every time you make eye contact with him.
  3. Cross your fingers that he’s stupid, or bad at chemistry, because then you can offer to tutor him. Do not under any circumstances pull a Cady Heron and pretend to be stupid, because you’ll end up failing and having to participate in a mathletes competition. Maybe ask him to watch Mean Girls with you while you’re taking a study break?

If you’re not willing to talk to him or try and hang out outside of class, first of all, how do you think people become couples? And second of all, I don’t have anything for you. Friends of mine have run into cute guys from their classes on the weekends. Like I said, it’s a small campus. So you could cross your fingers that fate is on your side? Hopefully you crazy kids will have great chemistry both in and outside the classroom.

Good luck!

Aunt Izzie

IzzieAunt IzzieIzzie Gibson Penrose, class of 2016, has 19 years of advice to give. She loves telling people what to do (but doesn’t take offense if they don’t listen) and lives as strange a life as possible so she has plenty of anecdotes to share. Izzie also enjoys making jokes and baking cupcakes. Email her with questions, concerns, or anything LITERALLY ANYTHING that’s on your mind at She promises to read every email she receives at least once, probably six times.


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