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Valentine's Day has come and gone, and you're ready to ditch what's left of the chocolates you bought yourself and get back into the dating game. But where do you start? If only the person you admire could know how great you really are.

Luckily for you, BYU Graduate Studies knows a thing or two about bettering your chances as a datable candidate. With 85 programs, BYU Graduate Studies has a plethora of ways to help you show your date you are diligent, motivated and committed as an individual (and, possibly, as a future spouse).

Take a look at this short list of ways to put yourself out there and break the ice while advertising your own radiant wit and interests — just choose your major (or your potential sweetheart's) and get started.

Exercise Science

If you or your crush are among those who memorize countless anatomical terms and stretches to prevent injury, try starting a conversation about a common interest. Perhaps going to the gym to work out could provide the opportunity:

You: You know they say that a balanced exercise routine consists of strength training, cardio, and flexibility.

Potential date: Yeah, so...?

You: Well, it seems that you've been focused on just one of the three these past few weeks.

Potential date: What do you mean?

You: I mean that you've been spending all your time on strength training by lifting my heart every time I see you.

You can then offer to help them up their cardio game by planning to go running together or setting a date to play ultimate Frisbee later that week.


So you’re good with spreadsheets, budgeting and numbers, but engaging in small talk may not be your forte. Instead, use what you're good at to your advantage—broach the subject by asking for help with a financial decision.

You: I need your advice about something. I’ve been crunching some numbers in my mind recently, and although this investment might have risks, I think it will benefit both parties in the long run. Can you help me out?

Potential date: Uh… I’ll do my best.

You: Well, you see, I was thinking about it, and it seems like it’d be financially beneficial for you to let me take you out to dinner.

Potential date: [unknown response, likely flattered by your smooth line]

With some luck, you'll hopefully be well on your way to a romantic table for two, where you won't have any trouble calculating the tip.

Creative Writing

History shows that those who can write well often excel in the world of attraction. Shakespeare's sonnets might seem a little dry now, but you can create a modern spin on classic romantic writings.

Consider writing your cute co-ed a witty poem that you deliver in person while quoting Shakespeare. If you aren't a fan of Old Billy, try some misdirection followed by compliments:

You: I'm actually working on a novel right now. It's going to be epic.

Potential date: Oh, really? What's it about?

You: Well, it's about a young writer who yearns for excitement and wonder.

Potential date: Is that all?

You: But then the writer meets someone who changes everything. Their name is [insert potential date's name here], and they are strong, intelligent, funny and incredibly good-looking.

Potential date:'s a story about me?

You: Why don't you go out with me Friday night, and we'll find out?

The activity could then take the form of acting out a romantic play, or even writing silly "roses are red, violets are blue" poems and having a judge pick the best one. Whatever you do, find ways to use your creative talents to impress your date.


You spend countless hours alone in a practice room, and it’s time to take a break. Try collaborating with another musician you're interested in to mix things up. As you work together to create music, take advantage of your combined musical knowledge with some relevant turn of phrase.

You: Would you play a C chord and then a G chord right after that?

Potential date: Sure. [plays the chord progression]

You: Did you just move from chord I to chord V? Because I think you’re perfect.

Potential date: Thanks, haha.

You: No seriously, I think you're great. Want to go out this weekend?

If your crush responds positively, plan a date where you go on a scavenger hunt through the HFAC, or take them to one of the many shows that play there.


If you’re tired of conjugating verbs and worrying about tenses, don’t lose heart. Speaking another language makes you exotic and different, and it gives you plenty of ways to impress.

You: Did you know that Spanish is the most widely spoken Romance language in the world?

Potential date: Oh really?

You: Yes. That means that speaking it makes things more romantic.

Potential date: I suppose...

You: If you want, I could teach you some phrases and we'll make Paella.

Potential date: Wow, sounds great!

Play romantic Latin music while you cook together, and plan to go salsa dancing afterward to complete the experience.

Out of 85 graduate degrees, these five examples only scratch the surface of the endless, creative (and sometimes cheesy) ways you can ask someone out, whether in or out of your major.

In the end, the best way to attract dates is by bettering yourself, and graduate school is a great place to start. Visit BYU Graduate Studies to learn more about which program will help you succeed.