Eight Essential Rules Of Dating An MBA Student


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Who says business isn’t romantic? Profit squeezes, position limits, extension swaps, rollovers, interlocking directorates—horizontal mergers, for heaven’s sake. This stuff is downright steamy.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.

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. Without further ado: the Immutable Laws of MBA Dating. Learn them. Live them. Love them.

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This article was originally published on Poets and Quants and has been republished here with permission. For more from Poets and Quants, check out:

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1) If you weren't single when you arrived, odds are you will be by Thanksgiving.

2) For two years, you will work hard but have a very good time.

3) Women are scarce and therefore in demand. Men are a plentiful commodity.

4) In the dating world at large, an MBA makes a man more appealing, but not a woman.

5) Everything—including romance—moves much faster in B-school time.

6) People will warn you not to date someone in your section. You will do it anyway.

7) You will attempt to have a secret relationship, and you will fail.

8) No matter what you think, no matter what people tell you, this is solemn business.

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