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How to Be a Great Girlfriend: Sloane Peterson Style

In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sloane Peterson is the coolest girl around. First of all she snags Ferris as her boyfriend. Not bad. She puts up with all his crazy wackiness, and despite his consistent shenanigans towards everyone around him, he is genuinely sweet on her.  It’s not a secret that I adore Sloane Peterson. So here it is - how Sloane Peterson from Ferris Bueller's Day off taught me how to be an awesome girlfriend.

  • 1. Get along with his friends if you don’t get along with his friends you are done. Seriously. Even if you think his friends are uptight weirdos or hypochondriac freaks, hey, he is friends with them for a reason, so cut the shit. You’ve probably got some weird and crappy friends too…
  • 2. Rein him in, but only when necessary you are his girlfriend, not his mother. If he wants to sing to the city on a giant float, let him do it. He’s a big man and he can deal with the consequences. You can nicely remind him, look, if you do that there might be trouble, but if you throw a bitch fit and give him the silent treatment you will look ridiculous when he has a new girlfriend on his arm from the impressive stunts he’s pulled.
  • 3.Be funny: “he’s licking the glass and making obscene gestures with his hands.” Simple as that.


4. Be confident. One of the reasons Ferris loved her was because she was cool and classy lady, she didn’t stress. She uttered the words and believed, “He’s gonna marry me.” She probably knows if her boyfriend was running through a backyard and saw two girls tanning he probably would stop and say hello, but she also knows that he would spend hours of stress and risk his neck to get her out of school to just see her. Relax. You have him. He’s not going anywhere, and if he talks to other girls… who cares? You're the one he's with, right?

5. Say eloquent things. Did Sloane ever use the word “like” as much as you do in your daily conversation? No. Drop the habit that makes you seem like a dumb valley girl and trade it for respectable vocabulary terms like “warmth & compassion” and “devastatingly handsome.” Once you’ve mastered talking like an adult, you’ll be able to spew pearls of poetry like “The city looks so peaceful from up here…”

6. Pack lightly - ever notice how tiny Sloane’s purse was? The bigger the purse, the lamer the girl. Its called baggage for a reason.


7. Be able to keep up with the boys. Hey, if you’ve got cramps, take midol. It’s that simple. You don’t ever wanna be the girlfriend who is a drag and never wants to go out. A girl who can say she cruised with the top down in a convertible, swung by the Stock Exchange, and took in a Cubs game all in one day, is sorta girl who you wanna keep around.

8. Wear that fringe jacket proud. 



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