Once a classmate gets one, they can ask another classmate to go on a date. This is the chance for the (formerly) scrawny band nerd to ask out the (former) homecoming queen, or the outcast to get a second chance with the jock.I know it’s only a TV show, but these dates are sometimes awkward and uncomfortable to watch.
Using our best MBA skills — data analysis, user interviews, grand conclusions drawn from surveys sent to Blast — we left no stone unturned.
Given the amount of discussion on the topic — whispered rumors of couplings, analysis of a possible ambigudate from across the Sports Cafe, focus groups in support of a LOWkeynote — your editorial staff took it upon ourselves to unpack the dating world of the GSB.
But on closer examination, the question: “to date, or not to date?
” is more complex than these outsiders might imagine. In a survey of 334 GSB students — primarily then-MBA1s — last year on the now defunct polling app Tally, half were not in serious relationships. Last year on Tally, a user posed the question, “Is it a much better deal for a GSB woman to date a GSB man than the other way around?
And for those hopefuls approaching graduation without having found a partner?
When I flip through channels on a boring Saturday afternoon, I’ll sometimes check out the show High School Reunion on TV Land (check your local listings!As it turns out, the men and women of the GSB don’t see eye-to-eye on the appeal of the dating pool.The women of the GSB view their on-campus prospects more favorably, with 80% of the women ranking the dating pool a 3 or higher vs. Despite the women’s more favorable outlook, the willingness to hook up with a classmate is more consistent among the men.First things first: is there even anyone to date at the GSB? Accounting for relationship status upon entry, the numbers remain skewed, with three-quarters of women identifying as single or “sort of” in a relationship upon entry seeking a partner vs. (GSB man can get younger and hotter, women not so much).” Of 103 respondents, 54% agreed that women get a better deal. Alright, so maybe the women of the GSB are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a partner.But if our friend is right that those men drawn to an unequal partner are rational, those unintimidated by an intellectual equal should jump at the opportunity to turn a classmate into a romantic mate, right?From a 49% singledom rate upon entry for current MBA2s, how many of those classmates are left to “hit us up” after graduation? Now, you have FOMO if you’re not.” As mentioned before, there are, by one count, 18 newly formed relationships within the MBA2 class since Colombia.