The Vampire DiariesCaroline Forbes (Candice Accola) recently broke up with her first love, a could-have-been epic romance that ended in tears. Soon followed by her crush’s death-by-stake. We would eventually like to see Caroline happily in love (with Klaus), but what’s the rush? Here are five reasons why Caroline should stay single for a while…

1. She Is More Than Just Her Relationship

One of the things we’ve always loved about Caroline is her passion for life. While few of the other characters on this show have interests outside of their relationship and this week’s supernatural drama, Caroline manages to find time to throw parties, run fundraisers, and actually go to class. (It’s like she didn’t get the teenage television drama memo or something.) Now that she’s in college, we’re sure Caroline is itching to get involved in the community. And we like portrayals of these characters as more than just the sum of their romantic coupling.

2. More Time to Hang Out With Her Friends

Let’s face it: Caroline has a lot of needy friends. Stefan is suffering from PTSD. Elena just got dumped by the man she loves. And Bonnie is coming to grips with being the supernatural anchor to The Other Side. Basically, they’re going to need her. While she’s single, that time Caroline would be dedicating to a relationship can be funneled into friend time. Caroline seems to value and take extremely seriously her role as friend, and it’s one of the things we love most about her. Bring on the friend time!

3. We’d Rather She get it Right, Rather Than Rush It

When we first met Caroline, she was throwing herself at all the wrong men (namely, Damon). We’d hate to see her fall into bad habits that she has seemingly shaken. Caroline is not the same insecure human teen we met in Season 1, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a part of her who doesn’t still struggle with the same issues she probably always will. We’d rather see Caroline stay single for a while then date the wrong guy. It’s just not worth it.

4. She Needs Some Time to Get Over Her Heartbreak(s)

Caroline’s last two relationships didn’t end so well. Tyler dumped her after months of non-communication to seek revenge on Klaus. Then, college crush Jesse (who totally liked her back) was turned into a vampire cannibal by Dr. Wes and subsequently staked by Elena. Right in front of Caroline. Baby vamp needs some time to decompress.

5. She Might Get Something Else to Do

We’d love to see Caroline get involved in the Big Baddie plot. Normally, she is more of a superfluous schemer. Damon and Stefan make the plans, and everyone else helps out. We want to see Caroline take control of a mission possibly the investigation into the Augustine Society. She’s smart, determined, and brave. We think she might be awesome at it. Plus, it will be good practice for when she has to step up her scheming on The Originals. (What? We can dream.)

Do you think Caroline should stay single for a while? If not, who would you like to see her with? Sound off in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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