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p.s. i always thought that the best way to get to the heart of any type-a gal is through her stomach :lol:


i'm female, and for me the food part is 100% true.
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MBA Prom -- Classy and cool or a return to high school?

I recently interacted with some non-MBAs and tried to explain the dating world, characteristic of Ross: "We're a close-knit group, so we don't want to reveal our relationships too soon… there's a lot of secret dating at first." Then I found myself gossiping about the secret dating to another MBA: "Yeah, did you see X and Y grinding on the dance floor after wine club? And I heard W and Z were getting it on." The non-MBA looked at me and shook his head, "Wow, sounds like high school again."

I was surprised at myself. What was it about the MBA program that made me act like I was in high school again? I know that b-school relationships are complex, influenced by the taboos we've carried from the working world and Ross's own rumor mill. But haven't we gotten past the high school insecurities of worrying what people think? Evidently not! I have two words for you - MBA prom. What could be more classic high school?

I remember my own high school prom experience. The bad date, the bad dancing, the limo, the corsage, the decorations… How cliché! Was the MBA prom going to be any different? Have we really regressed back to high school, or have we made progress since then? I reflected on the two proms and decided to engage in a thorough comparative analysis.

Regressing: Pre-prom primping
For the ladies, preparing for the prom is an all-day event. We have to buy a new dress, get our hair and makeup done, and get manicures and pedicures. We also have to shave our legs above the knee if we think we're going to get lucky. Guys jump in the shower, put on a tux, and are ready in 10 minutes. Yes, life's not fair, but this never changes.

Progressing: Flying solo
In high school, everyone had a date for prom. You found a date even if you had to go with your cousin (or possibly you chose this if you're from the Appalachian region). At MBA prom, it was socially acceptable to go stag. Not everyone understood this, however. When I told my mother that I did not have a date, she was ready to be sympathetic: "Oh, honey, I'm so sorry." No, Mom, I am not pathetic - just in business school.

Regressing: Hooking up (or lack thereof)
I had high expectations for the night of the MBA prom, but I was very disappointed in the lack of new hookups at the event. Even if I didn't get lucky, I was hoping for some juicy gossip! Well, maybe Spytek caught some news that I did not. The main problem was that if I saw a new cute guy, it turned out to be someone's date. (By the way, I apologize to the blonde woman in the green dress - my only excuse is that your date was "acting" very single.) This somehow reminded me of my high school prom where the only action I got was dancing with my date, arms-length apart.

Progressing: Alcohol
Wow, I wish we had a bar at my high school prom! It would have made my date cuter and that night a whole lot more interesting. Of course, many people probably consumed as much alcohol at MBA prom as they did in high school. Most impressive this weekend was those who pre-drank beforehand and ended up with chocolate fountain all over their tuxes.
MBA Prom turned out to be a fantastic event - I loved the new venue! It was a great night and it was fun to get dressed up again. Maybe it is okay to act like we're in high school again - as long as it's only for one night.

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Undergrads... I get older, they stay the same age :twisted:



The combination of Patrick Bateman avatar and potentialyl inappropriate username makes this the most creepy thing ever posted on gmatclub by a factor of at least 1000.
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Does anyone know if Irishspring ever found his lady? This post started 4 years ago, so who thinks he is married and has kids?

I am going to say he is probably engaged currently, and did not meet his wife during his MBA.
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Highwyre, you still have time to apply! Yale R2 is due at 5pm et today and those essays are more like short answer questions! Just saying... :)

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HA! There is no way I am ever answering another ones of those torturous introspective essays again!
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The good looking ones. Besides, a 1 to 75 ratio is better than the ratio of women to men in my branch of service!


Not mine! haha and they were beautiful! Sucker!


This sums up it up for me:


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As a girl with a very long term bf, I'm accepting applications for me to be your wing woman. I have six years experience in the field and a long list of positive recommendations. (Just don't listen to my friend Matt. I saved him from himself and he just can't accept it.)

Though given the survival rates of LTRs in b-school I may be considering the talent by the end of the first Thanksgiving after all!

From my visits:
Stanford: Normal attractive. Very CA type. You know what I mean. Sandals. I mean sandals.
Berkeley: See above, but also the whole Berkeley vibe.
Wharton: It was cold and everyone was super bundled up. I don't remember anyone making much of an impression one way or another.
Kellogg: Relatively attractive, but I remember noticing the girls were attractive more than I do the guys.
Tuck: Decent. Fairly standard.
Darden: Gorgeous. Seriously. Both times I visited I remember thinking how oddly, incredibly attractive the dudes were. And the girls? Average. Which means our odds are fantastic. Yay women!
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Darden: Gorgeous. Seriously. Both times I visited I remember thinking how oddly, incredibly attractive the dudes were. And the girls? Average. Which means our odds are fantastic. Yay women!


So if your boyfriend was smart, he'd send a letter to the Darden adcom clarifying that your "work experience" is actually dealing crack outside the local 7-11 to get you a ding.
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Actually, he's starting at HBS in August, so I think he'll be fine either way.


Judging by this, he'll have a solid selection: http://www.harbus.org/2013/harvard-business-schools-most-eligible/
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Now that I've got a few school visits under my belt, I'll resurrect this post and contribute for the girls.

Duke: I was amazed at the pool of attractive guys at Duke. They far surpassed the other schools.
HBS: simply due to the sheer size of the program, the odds are in your favor for finding a few hot guys.
Stanford: Ehh, decent
Tuck: Great campus, but incredibly disappointing in the hottie department.
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Now that I've got a few school visits under my belt, I'll resurrect this post and contribute for the girls.

Duke: I was amazed at the pool of attractive guys at Duke. They far surpassed the other schools.
HBS: simply due to the sheer size of the program, the odds are in your favor for finding a few hot guys.
Stanford: Ehh, decent
Tuck: Great campus, but incredibly disappointing in the hottie department.


Ah, just found this thread and figured out why you picked HBS over Stanford! :love
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Haha, now I wish I'd stumbled upon this thread before I submitted. I may have changed a few of my choices.

Now, what sort of changes would you have made?
Ditching HBS for Duke ...
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Well, I probably wouldn't have gone for both Haas and GSB. I would've dropped Haas for a school in NY.
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This thread is great..I will be single when I go for my MBA and it's good to know how the programs rank on the hot-scale ;) I am wondering how many people are open to inter-racial relationships/hook ups. Which schools would be the most liberal in that sense?
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That's a bit disappointing..HAAS is one of the schools I am applying to. I am a south asian female so that makes it even trickier :/ I can't be single during the mba though and don't want to be limited to only south asian guys. I guess this is over-thinking the whole thing. But I would not be too happy a single girl.


Oh I didn't want to make someone second guess their school choice!! I definitely think girls have the advantage in business schools, because there are so few of us, and I'd be ecstatic to go to Haas. While I've personally experienced many people that did graduate from both of those schools, it isn't everyone. Even I have hope that I'll find someone. I just found that places like NYC and Philadelphia were more open to inter-racial dating of all races. The problems I've faced here as a single half black/half white girl are things that wouldn't have been an issue for me when I was at school on the east coast. I don't think it means people are close-minded or bigoted at all. I just think people have pre-concieved ideas of what they think is attractive. Which isn't a problem I thought I'd face in such a liberal area as San Francisco.

Additionally, without getting too awkward, I don't think any Asian girls have anything to worry about.
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Hands down, very useful and interesting thread. I would like to add my 2 cents here, based on my experience and observation :)

I am an European (Caucasian) guy, who did his undergrad in West Europe and also did a study abroad semester in the US. What I noticed is:

*Guys generally, very few exceptions, don`t really care about the race of the girl. What is the most important thing is looks. Guys like attractive girls and diversity makes it even better :)

* Caucasian girls have strong preference towards North American and European guys. Rarely had I seen white (and attractive girl ) with a black guy. Never had I seen white girl with an asian guy.

* Looks play an extremely important part (especially in Europe). I cannot really say which gender tends to be more selective in terms of looks, but this tendency was more evident in Europe. Perhaps because ,generally speaking, people in Europe tend to care more about their appearance and , on average, both males and females look attractive, wearing the latest clothes, parfumes and so on..

* People in Europe tend to be much more conservative and prejudiced. A guy I met in Belgium told me that his grandather had told him he would leave him without inheritance unless he brings home a white (preferably blond) wife. I think in this regard people in Europe are at the level at which the ones in the US were in the 1970s.

* This is based strictly on one conversation with a Japanese girl. She told me that when dating, girls tend to think very long term and she would not, personally, date a guy from a country, in which she cannot envision herself living.
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Also true story, I quoted that on one of my essays (well, because it is!!). Hope the adcom watch HIMYM. :wink:
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I love it how in the US tv shows guys get the super hot girls so easy and whats better, the super hot girls always make the first step :D
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The thing I noticed is that race does not really matters. What matters (more) is ethnicity. Ethnicity plays part to the extend to which one party decides to isolate him/herself and seek only people from their ethnicity. And when I say ethnicity, I mean religion. You mentioned that you are from Pakistan. Well, in the US there was in my uni a Pakistani clique and girls were wearing the burqa...which basically, at least to non-Muslim guys means "I am unavailable".

It is fair to say that Pakistani girls and Indian girls look similarly. I know two Caucasian guy - Indian girl couples, but I did not see a Caucasian guy - Pakistani girl couple, despite the fact that I am pretty sure Pakistani girls significantly outnumbered Indian ones.

Since Nelz2015 is talking about interracial dating, is applying to high ranking b-schools and is talking about open-mindedness, then I'd like to take it for granted that she's not one of the burqa-clad women...


I also take it for granted that Nelz2015 is not the burqa type of a girl. My example just served to show that its not ethnicity or race, its the actual behavior of the specific person.
Generally speaking, from my experience, as long as foreigners in Europe and the USA basically act as one of the rest, go to parties, socialize, have fun, there is no reason why these people cannot date/befriend the locals. But very often foreigners just hang with people of their own culture & language and makes it very difficult. Because, lets face it, no matter how b-schools try to sell the ideas of liberalism, multi-culturalism, diversity...at the end of the day, people like to stick with people with whom they can relate, with people that share similar views. Yes, people in b-schools are smart and open-minded and they will be very polite and welcoming, but I find it difficult to imagine that they will really get close with someone who exhibits very unfamiliar behavior and adheres to totally different culture.
Bottom line and I conclude this topic: From what I have seen, ethnicity, race, religion does not matter. It matters how you act in your new environment and how you personally and individually fit there ;)
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In the US the "burqa-clad" comments will probably get flagged as politically incorrect. No judging, just saying. On the other hand, I'm glad I'm not in the US anymore so I am free to say what I really think.

IMHO, there are cool people and "uncool" people in every culture and ethnicity. Certain countries, statistically speaking, export more uncool people than others. I would hang with people of any ethnicity or culture, including women sporting traditional clothes, as long as they're cool. But unfortunately, in most western countries, one is instantly perceived as "uncool" when he/she speaks English with a, say, Jackie-Chen accent (unless, of course, you know Kungfu and literally kick ass). And the only way for you to appear "cool enough to hang with" to those crowds is if you play precisely into the stereotypes and act like a clown for their amusement.

Many stereotypes are statistically true. I honestly don't think ignorant people have the mental capacity to fabricate such elaborate collections of cultural/ethnic traits out of thin air (sure, Hollywood helped a little, but the idea has to come from somewhere). Some people spend their entire life fighting against prejudices and striving to defy stereotypes, while many of "their own people" go around the world reinforcing prejudices by fitting the stereotypes to the t.

What are you supposed to do when you're born into a losing team where your teammates keep sabotaging the score?

Getting a bit off topic... my apologies. A much more interesting discussion though. :D


Excellent post. I very much agree with the fact that although the word "stereotype" bears a negative meaning, it also serves a purpose. Stereotypes are very difficult to be "coined" and they take a lot of "observation" to become "statistically significant". They surely have value to the extent to which they are more likely to be true than false for an individual from a certain location.
However, the more open and liberal (California) an environment is, the easier it is for an individual coming from a negatively stereotyped country to come up as a valuable fit.
And about the political correctness thing. I think its highly overrated and in fact detrimental in many ways. Political correctness hinders communication and prevents people from expressing themselves in a way that might be useful and that might add value to a discussion. Just check out how useful and valuable is our conversation now, when we can freely express our thoughts and beliefs.
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