Graduate school and dating

And B-schools take advantage of and reinforce their students’ networking instincts.

At most schools, there’s a constant barrage of mixers, cocktail parties, and other assorted meet-and-greets.

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Profit squeezes, position limits, extension swaps, rollovers, interlocking directorates—horizontal mergers, for heaven’s sake. Factor in a tight-knit cadre of ambitious, successful people in the prime of life, a pressure-cooker environment, and enough recruiter-sponsored cocktails to irrigate the Gobi Desert, and nature is bound to take its course. Unless you’re pretty permanently attached (by, say, a ring) to your pre-B-school honey, there’s a good chance you’ll break up a few months into your first term.

We can’t guarantee you’ll find true love, but based on extensive conversations with MBAs who’ve been there and, er, done that, we can make a few confident predictions about the dating scene you’ll face as a B-school student. “We called Thanksgiving of first year Black Thursday,” says Tracy Lawrence, 29, who graduated from Harvard Business School in 1999.

To be torn away from that defeats the purpose of being there.”MBA candidates quickly discover that business school is tailor-made for dating.

“I had one stretch of six weeks where I was seeing three people at once,” says Preis.

“He didn’t understand where I was coming from, but at first you don’t know if you can compete in business school.

I just wanted to make sure I could make it and have good grades.” Michael Preis, 27, who graduated from Columbia Business School last spring, also succumbed to the inexorable pull early in his first year.

After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads. I would appreciate any tips on where/how to approach graduate school women.

I live about 30 minutes from a pretty big public university. Background: 23 year old male, working full time in software engineering, and I have never dated or had a romantic relationship.

Finally he succeeded—and the couple were married by graduation.

Most events are designed to ultimately get you a job and a Rolodex full of precious contacts, but they just might land you a date, if not a spouse, as well.

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