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The Big Question

Iralia Georgiou and Maany Peyvan
Photo by John Davis

Q: Do Hopkins students date anymore?
A: "Hopkins is different from other schools because dating is not a priority here. Everyone claims that they're not looking for a relationship, ever. People here normally view dating as an inconvenience. When you're really busy, you see a boyfriend as a very large time commitment. Your classes are priorities. If you're involved in groups or have a job, they become priorities. Most students are trying to fulfill their interests as well as build their résumés. I don't think students consider dating such a big commitment, or a big deal — maybe because of the lack of marriage connected to dating. But by the time you're a senior, you're likely to have been in at least one long-term, exclusive relationship. You really need someone who's smart and who can talk to you about real-life things."
— Senior Iralia Georgiou, 21, from Bethesda, Maryland, is president of the Panhellenic Council.

A: "Yes, but like at any campus where people are very busy and very goal-oriented, dating suffers from the amount of time people really spend. College is a fantastic opportunity for meeting a lot of new people, for looking for new relationships, and bringing someone else's perspective into your life. I don't think that any amount of work is going to stifle that opportunity. Everyone sort of grows up with the idea of finding a college sweetheart — seeing it on TV, or maybe their parents met in college — so I think it's, you know, in everyone's mind. Who wouldn't want to meet someone whom they got along with so well that they'd want to spend the rest of their lives with? And if you're willing to be committed to your relationship, as long as the time you spend together is quality time, then I think you can pull it off."
— Maany Peyvan, 21, a senior from Los Angeles, California, is editor-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins News-Letter.

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