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When I first moved to Boston, many of my friends back home demanded I find myself a Harvard man. Stereotypically, they’re intelligent, poised, well-mannered and active in sports like lacrosse or water polo, so, really, what else could a girl be asking for? Of course, it’s now my third year in Beantown and no Harvard studs in sight.
Allow me to introduce you to DateHarvardSq.com, a site dedicated to matching eager young women with Harvard alumni, graduate and undergraduate students. Now, it’s a rather young website, so if you sign up immediately, you’ll have to wait for your matches until October 2010, but here’s a quick run-down of it works.
After signing up, which costs a small fee, users fill out a quick profile (including three candid photographs) and then, ladies, your work is done. The site “guarantees” five new matches each week for you to peruse and choose, so once you find the Ivy-Leaguer that seems most prestigious, send them an email and they’ll (hopefully) take you out.
While I can see that some women would find this appealing, or maybe even a dream come true, I’m having a hard time believing that Harvard men are just waiting around for this type of opportunity. And from what I’ve read on the website, the founders seem a little doubtful as well. Between the lines of the FAQs, I’m seeing some not-so-subtle ploys to attract these well-bred fellows to the site. For example, the men who sign up do NOT have to pay to be a member--while the women DO--and DateHarvardSq.com will even pay for their first dinner dates! (Hint- if they don't take you somewhere nice, then they are REALLY cheap).
The site promises to match Harvard’s best and brightest with women who “place a premium on intelligence, ambition and love of learning,” but to me, that spells out N-E-R-D. Intelligence is great, but if that’s all you have going for you, I’m going to have to say no thanks.
So ladies, if you’re looking for a Harvard man with looks, charm and the brains to back it all up, you might have better luck just hanging around the actual Harvard Square and sizing up these brainiacs in person.
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