Dating a graduate student
Maintaining a committed relationship while attending graduate or professional school can be complex and challenging.
Preparing yourself for the reality of this program, through its completion, can help you be patient, as you will be able to mark off important milestones and count down to the next phase.Communication about one's feelings is also important.Letting your partner know the emotions you have about a situation, even one you may have agreed to accept, can be just as important as letting each other know what time you'll be home.In the context of a committed relationship, it's easy for a busy student to take a partner for granted, focusing overwhelmingly on school obligations, according to the American Psychological Association's student social psychology representative, Ph. candidate David Kille, in his article, "Achieving an Optimal Work-Life Balance: Dating in Graduate School." You can preempt the sting of being sidelined for the book stacks -- and the arguments and emotional distancing that could result -- by planning fun activities unrelated to studying.No matter how busy student life gets, you can make time for a white-water rafting adventure or checking out the dinner theater two towns away when you both consciously prioritize the relationship.
Jae Kemp has been writing and editing professionally since 2010.