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What guys want girls to know, what girls want guys to know

Ten years ago, we asked teens about the relationships between guys and girls. This year, we asked them the same questions. We thought there might be a difference in a decade, but a lot of things stayed the same. Whether 2003 or 2013, guys and girls are interested in trust, honesty and respect – pretty eternal values for relationships!


What mistakes do girls make with guys?

2003

Everyday Superheroes

You don’t need to be a superhero in order to make the world a better place. You don’t need to be extraordinary or special; you just need to be you. I think that most people in today’s society, especially teenagers, would look at the question, “How do you make the world a better place?” and be stumped. In fact, they probably wouldn’t know how to respond to the question at all.

Finding a friend in God

Charlie Ludlow is a “relationship” kind of guy – he has a big group of friends, but one best friend; he had one girlfriend for almost all of high school; and he is close to his family. His relationships are important to him.

“Relationships are all about the ups and downs,” Charlie says. “No matter how great the relationship is, there always will be some downs. You just have to stick it out until it gets better again.”

God is the heart of Sopia and Nate's romance

Sophia Roth and Nate Winnie look like an average teenage couple. They smile and laugh, sharing inside jokes and memories. Nate offers a compliment, boasting how beautiful her choir voice is, while she talks about his accomplishments on the football field.

But Sophia and Nate, both headed into their senior year at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, talk differently than most teens. Rooted in their Catholic upbringing and scholarly endeavors, the two show uncommon respect for each other, and have vowed not to rush their relationship emotionally and physically.

Amber and Neil, 10 years later

Remember these two? In 2003, Neil and Amber were dating when they appeared on the cover of FAITH’s teen issue. They talked about the challenges of dating and teen relationships. What ever happened to them?

“A few years after the teen issue, Amber and I finished schooling at Lansing Community College (LCC). After LCC, I acquired a teaching degree in industrial technology, and Amber received her degree in travel and hospitality,” says Neil.

And then, seven years ago, they got married. Today they have a 5-year-old daughter, Brianna, and a new baby.

Catholic mentors at MIchigan colleges and universities

As a Catholic, I thought I was part of a minority on campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

I knew that Sister Lucia, O.P. a Dominican nun in the writing department who traversed campus in her habit was Catholic, but I was unaware of any Catholic professors until my junior year at Grand Valley State University. With this being said, I can’t explain my excitement when my journalism professor casually mentioned attending Mass or when my college dean opened up about his Catholic journey.

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