Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

By Donna Freitas | Go to book overview

FIVE
Wanted
A Little Romance

A lot of people come into college expecting to meet their husband or wife…
once you get here you realize that it’s really just not that easy to do
.
Like, finding love just isn’t that easy. Sex is probably a lot easier.

student at a nonreligious private university


THE PERFECT FIRST TIME: MARIA ANGELO

Maria Angelo, a sophomore at a Catholic college, is not exactly a member of the party crowd, but she does participate now and again. Tall, with dark curly hair and big brown eyes, Maria is a serious young woman. Her answers are thorough and thoughtful, as if she’s determined to give as detailed an account as possible of life on her Catholic campus and her own place within it.

“People on weekends pretty much drink in the dorms then go to [other on-campus locations],” Maria says about the party scene on campus, about which she expresses a lot of ambivalence. “It’s pretty much exactly the same every weekend, and… I don’t really like the whole drinking scene here. I find it boring.”

That doesn’t stop Maria from participating.

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