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MBA News: Balancing Love and B-School

Career-driven couples are often forced to accept certain trade-offs. While business schools typically offer clubs, social activities and other helpful resources for the partners of MBA students, maintaining a healthy relationship in tandem with one’s professional goals can entail just as many challenges as completing the MBA curriculum itself. Understandably, some careerists avoid committed relationships altogether.

However, the Wall Street Journal offers another perspective in an article this week, sharing the story of one professional couple’s attempt to balance romance with their respective graduate school prospects. Lydia Fayal, now a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Morgan Blake, a recent MIT Sloan graduate, opted to incorporate some long-term planning strategies into their love life. “Regardless of geography, we each wanted the other to go to the right place,” Blake says.

The couple ultimately endured the temporary strain of a long-distance relationship and is now “relishing the payoff for sticking to their plans.” Despite the physical distance, they have collaborated on such projects as IdeaStorm, an entrepreneurial brainstorming program co-founded by Blake. Similarly, in working on her own entrepreneurial endeavor, called AdmitSee, Fayal turned to Blake for business advice. “We really bonded over building that company,” Fayal says, suggesting that business and romantic commitments are not always at odds.




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