While Chelsea was a freshman in college, her boyfriend at the time was a senior in high school.Chelsea says that dating a younger guy while in high school is much different than dating a younger guy while in college.“Regardless of what age a woman starts indulging her Cougar side, if it's for her, she maintains it throughout her life.” That depends.
These younger “cougars in training” have very specific names.
Barkley says a woman in her 20's is a kitten, a woman in her 30's is a puma, and a woman over the age of 60 is a panther.
Hilary says “college girls that date younger men aren't really cougars even if there is a big age difference.” Twenty-two year-old Sanda Micic, a senior at Southern Vermont College, is dating an 18-year-old freshman, and loves it. Fayr Barkley, Human Behavior Research Expert with over 20 years experience researching and writing about human behavior Hilary Ricigliano, Syracuse University student Chelsea Citro, Syracuse University student Atilio Barreda, Brown University student S anda Micic, Southern Vermont College student Emma Post, Johnson Sate College student Julie Dexter Heather is a 2012 graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School with a degree in Magazine Journalism.
Despite the 4-year age difference, Sanda says, “I just have a lot more fun with him than with other guys my age or older.” Barkley says, “Each woman knows what age range works for her but I think most are open to exploration as long as the younger man fits what she is looking for.” “A person isn't made by their age; they're made by what they've been through in life experiences, regardless of the amount of years they've lived,” Emma says. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of dating younger men in college. Growing up in southern Vermont, she learned to appreciate the New England small-town life.
“I've had more experiences through college and life, that he had not.
That caused a logistical off-balance in our relationship, and resulted in our short-lived relationship,” she said.He had no idea what I was going through because he's still in high school.” Emma Post, a junior at Johnson State College, dated a guy 3 years her junior. “I've always had relationships with someone significantly older than me, so it was difficult at first to adjust to the age difference,” Emma said.Emma says she didn’t notice the age difference until it came to conversational topics that reflected their 3-year age difference.With less than 2 years age difference between herself and her recent younger ex-boyfriend, Chelsea Citro, a student at Syracuse University (SU), still considers herself a bit of a cougar.“A college cougar is a girl who dates a guy who is not in college yet,” Chelsea says.Aside from social media and home decor, she loves vintage jewelry, strawberry banana smoothies, running, and autumn in Vermont.