Dating a phd student
When you meet someone new, there’s nothing worse than the abject horror that appears on their face when you casually mention your Ph D-status.Perhaps even worse still, is when they misunderstand your topic completely and you have to act quickly to avoid rolling your eyes.
Joking aside, what you may not know is that we are indeed, statistically, a favorite among highly educated professionals.There's a girl I pass in the corridor maybe once every couple of weeks.Once she wasn't with people so I said "hi" and gave her a nice smile, but that's all... What do Ph D students actually do to try and meet partners?It could be worse though, but you also deserve mad props for being the second most open to LIKEing your bagels.What it looks like is that more general degrees (i.e., Ph D, Master’s, Bachelor’s) are getting liked the least, which I think might have to do with their lack of specificity — you could be studying anything from dance to chemical engineering, so your area of study is probably more important to bagels than your level of degree.Believe it or not, over 35% of our member base has a master’s degree or higher.
Compare that to the national average of people with master’s degrees or higher at 12%, you guys are a bunch of smarty pants!
Naturally, we were curious to see if having a graduate degree, or other further degree, has any correlation to a member’s attractiveness and preferences.
We looked at over 20 million matches and here’s what we found. Sorry dudes, looks like your Ph D isn’t helping you out much in the dating world.
So the best graduate school advice you could get is write, write, and write some more. The alternative of a bigger pay-check in industry will look really tempting at that point.
Since a Ph D involves diving very deep into a topic, one might expect that learning very complicated stuff would be the hardest part. That period is called the Valley Of Shit or the Phase 3 of Ph D Motivation, the “Crisis of Meaning” .
If you don’t learn fast enough and well enough, you will not finish your Ph D. Almost every graduate student goes through this existential crisis.