First Date… Kinda Nervous

First dates are scary. Over the years, movies have glamorized the perfect date, and, due to this, we cannot help but have high expectations. From Troy and Gabriella in “High School Musical” to Allie and Noah in “The Notebook,” a teenager’s ideal date is dancing in the rain or canoeing in a heart-shaped lake. Although these date ideas are picture-perfect, Laguna students have more-realistic ideas for this Valentine’s Day.


Our Stories

“It was the very first date that I had ever been on, and I was really nervous. I didn’t know where we were going or what we were doing, so I had to be ready for anything. I was scared that we were not going to have anything to talk about, but conversation came easily for us, and we arrived at the water towers in no time. He pulled out a picnic lunch with lots of blankets. For the rest of the date, we talked about everything, and I couldn’t help but smile for the rest of the day.”
Julia Guglielmo ‘20

“I was in high school, and I heard that this girl liked me, so I asked her out. We were heading to a buddy of mine’s party, so I picked her up, and we began driving. After a while, though, she would not stop talking about herself, and it became really annoying, so on our way to the party—and I would never do this now—I picked up a hitchhiker. We made some small talk, and then I ended up inviting him to the party.”
A Teacher


Date Ideas

• Dress up and go to dinner at an Italian restaurant

• Grab lunch/dinner then watch a movie in theaters

• Have a picnic at the beach

• Go somewhere beautiful to watch the sunset

• Go for a nice walk outside

• Go bowling and play the arcade games

• Go to the mission and have a picnic

• Get food and go to the pier

• Bake a favorite recipe together

• Go on a drive on the PCH


Tips & Tricks

• Don’t do all the talking — ask lots of questions.

• Don’t try too hard. You’ll have fun no matter what you’re doing if you are really happy with the person you’re dating.

• Maintain a steady eye contact, it shows that you are interested in what they have to say.

• Go somewhere where you feel comfortable. A familiar location will make the difference.

• Don’t talk about the weather.