It’s February and that means that love is in the air.Unfortunately, so are pressing deadlines, over-due literature searches, and mid-terms to mark.
Although at first blush having your partner by your side day and night may seem appealing, if things don’t work out as planned, remaining productive at school could prove to be a challenge.
Even if you do make it as a couple, finding two jobs in the same division may be particularly difficult, especially given the current economic climate.
If you do date a fellow psychologist, and you both intend to stay in academia, I recommend trying to either clearly differentiate your research programs, or “teaming up” as a research duo.
If you’re single: It’s easy to immerse yourself in your studies.
What’s more difficult is putting yourself out there to meet the right person.
I recommend taking part in a recreational sporting league, available at most universities.
In addition to fitting exercise into your schedule, you could be pleasantly surprised by who you’ll meet.
If sports are not your forté, there are typically other special-interest clubs at universities.
Consider joining one (you might want to choose a club oriented toward graduate students).
Although you cannot plan love, there are dating situations it may make sense to avoid.
If at all possible, try to avoid dating a lab-mate or fellow student in your division with whom you will undoubtedly be spending several hours a week.