For college girls, running into an ex-boyfriend on campus seems inevitable. Maybe you’ve imagined this moment for months and have planned what you would say. However, the day often comes unexpectedly, and the plans you made are immediately replaced by panic at first glance. What’s a girl supposed to do? Here are College Lifestyles’ 3 tips to handling this potentially awkward situation.
1. Don’t ignore him
When you first see your ex, panic may set in. Your first instinct may be to pretend that you don’t see him and head in the opposite direction. Instead, try to make eye contact, wave, and smile. If appropriate, engage in a brief conversation. He should appreciate your attempt at cordiality and it will lessen the awkwardness of the situation.
2. Be brief and casual
If the encounter leads to conversation, make sure that it’s brief and casual. “Hey, how are you?” should suffice. You can ask him how his classes are going, but avoid asking personal questions. He will be asking YOU questions, too. If you feel he is trying to ply you for information, find a way to end the conversation. The more you talk, the more you’ll risk saying things you may regret.
3. Don’t fake it
Living well is the best revenge, but you shouldn’t fake or over exaggerate how happy you are. Just be cheerful and pleasant during the interaction. Your demeanor will clearly demonstrate how your life is going.
Overall, you want to be proud of the way you handled yourself. If you keep the encounter friendly and brief, you’ll be able to dodge the “crazy ex” label and keep your reputation as a classy co-ed.