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Fall in Love

What is the real purpose of Winter Study, especially for male undergraduates?

The real purpose of Winter Study is to fall in love.

You will never, ever, be surrounded by as many smart, pretty, eligible women as you are right now. Life after college is, comparatively, a wasteland. Of course, as you pass into the great beyond, you will meet other women, but they are unlikely to be as wonderful, physically and mentally, as the Eph women you are now blessed to know. More importantly, the best of them will choose mates sooner rather than latter. Exiting Williams without a serious girlfriend is not necessarily a one-way ticket to permanent bachelorhood (as several of my co-bloggers can attest), but it is not the smart way to play the odds. The odds favor love now.

It isn’t that your classes and papers, your theses and sports teams, are unimportant. But finding a soulmate to grow old with, someone to bear your children and ease your suffering, someone to give your life meaning and your work purpose — this is a much more important task than raising that GPA enough to make cum laude.

So, stop reading this blog and ask out that cute girl from across the quad. I did the same 26 years ago and have counted my blessings ever since.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On January 5, 2015 @ 7:23 am

Surely any young lady, cute or not, who has had the wherewithal to have enrolled in Williams, would not be so foolish as to find the advances of some jerk from across the quad even remotely interesting.

#2 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On January 5, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

Chicks (even Eph chicks) dig jerks.

#3 Comment By frank uible On January 6, 2015 @ 8:18 am

Eph chicks, is it true that you dig jerks? My two tenth grade granddaughters certainly are way too savvy to dig jerks.

#4 Comment By dm ’10 On January 8, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

Reasonable advice, but it applies equally well to (straight) undergraduates of either gender. Not sure why you’d target it just towards guys.

#5 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On January 9, 2015 @ 6:10 am

I think that there is a different set of good advice to give to girls, advice that I am less qualified to give and more likely to get in trouble for giving.