Hi Future blue-dots, fellow blue dots and maybe you Foster MBA’s that read this blog!
I’m not totally sure about the term blue dot, but the term does speak to the commonality of the experience that I, and you reading this, might share. That experience would be the joys and hardships of dating a Foster MBA.
Well, my ‘blue dots,’ you are in luck! I’m here to share with you some tips for survival.
Be comfortable with the idea that your partner isn’t going to be around.
Confession time: I skipped out on the first year. I was graduating from a super competitive design program in NYC and I missed my fiancé like all get out. It sucked and it is a steep learning curve, especially if you’re used to doing everything with your partner. All I could do was trust that our relationship was strong, and be able to communicate my needs adequately.
Know how to communicate with your partner. Quickly!
Speed isn’t actually key here. But being able to be a good communicator will help. If any of you figure that one out, please let me know. I’m actually, if you haven’t noticed, terrible at relationship advice. I’m probably one bad day away from being a sad lady who cries in cat videos! But I have been told that communication is key, so I am passing this on to you.
Carve out time for the two of you.
Matt and I are notoriously bad at this.
Matt: When do you want it to be us time?
Me: I dunno. Whenever.
3 days later.
Me: WHERE ARE YOU?
Everyone always says to do this. I just always assume that all time is me time. It’s why Matt spends a lot of time at Paccar really. For those of you that aren’t emotionally three years old… maybe sit down and agree on a date night. For Matt and I date time is from 8am to 10am on Saturday mornings, except during the football playoffs when all bets are off. We usually spend date time either sound asleep or ignoring each other. I love date time.
Get to know your fellow blue dots, and your partner’s friends as well.
I moved here from NYC and I didn’t know a soul outside of the Foster circle. I was really fortunate that in the year that we had been apart my fiancé was sowing the seeds of a fun new life. We have been so lucky to have made some great friends here! It’s made our Seattle experience worth-while, and I’ve really cherished the time I’ve spent getting to know them. Fellow Blue dots can be a life saver. They will get what you’re going through, and you can all laugh about the experience together. Preferably over beer, wine or cocktails.
Don’t mind nights alone. Cultivate you and do what you love.
I’m outgoing and friendly, but I’m also the world’s biggest introvert. I don’t notice as much when Matt has been out for hours at a time after I get home from work. I love the chance to sit on the couch and watch YouTube videos about cats without judgment, read whatever books I want, and eat as many cookies as I can. If that is not your jam then take some to think about what makes you happy. And then do it. The very best thing about my last year in NYC was that my partner was across the country so I got spend so much more time with my friends than I would have otherwise. And now I can look back on that difficult time and remember how lucky I was that I got to have those late night dinners with my sisters and all weekend long LoTR marathons with my friends.
Enjoy this time!
Foster is a nifty place. There are all of these opportunities to engage the community here, and two years, as I state below, is an extremely short amount of time in the grand scheme of things. So go to events, go to parties, go to bar nights! Take advantage of everything that’s available to you, because once it’s gone, it’s over. One of my regrets is not getting to participate as much during Matt’s first year.
Don’t listen to the naysayers.
This is the most important one. I spent one very long month reading all about how MBA relationships just don’t work out. I quoted the stats to myself and judged every conversation with my partner on if he was getting ready to dump me. I was completely psyching myself out! These blogs and stats are the bane of your existence. Just repeat that ad nauseum and you’ll be fine.
Just remember that two years isn’t really that long.
You might want to download a countdown widget for your iPad or PC. Then be amazed at how quickly the time passes.
Everyone is different. So my advice will probably only work for about 3 of you. You’re welcome Foster.
Also, before you drag me away kicking and screaming from this blog platform: a shout out to any of you in LDR’s. They are so tough, and they can be so lonely and frustrating. But if you really love the person you are with, you can make it work! Don’t listen to all the jerks in the back row who say you can’t.
~Guest Blogger Amanda Lodi, fiancé to Matt Jasper, Full-time Class of 2013
 Ed. Note: Significant others of Foster MBAs are known within the program as ‘blue dots’ due to the small stickers traditionally placed on their name tags during welcome weekend to distinguish between students and their partners for logistics’ sake.
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