My spouse got into HBS; what can I expect as a partner?

My fiance who is 24 recently got accepted and will be attending HBS. I myself am 24 and was curious how big of a role I will play, i.e. drinking with her section and so on, and what to expect as a male partner?  I will also be attending an MBA program in Boston at the same time.
–Brandon

The Harvard MBA says:

Congratulations to both you and your fiancee!  You’re fortunate to be able to be together in the same city during your MBA programs.  I have seen many other couples who didn’t have that opportunity.

The role you play in your fiancee’s section is really up to you.  You can be as involved or uninvolved as you wish (and as your own studies permit).  I’ve seen everything from partners who were almost completely uninvolved to the point of anonymity, to partners who were so involved that many thought they were the student, and the actual student the partner.

I would encourage you to do what comes naturally.  Don’t forget, you’ll have your own social life to attend to–part of the benefit for you as a couple is that you can tap into two different networks, and it would be a mistake to focus so much on HBS that you neglected your own classmates.

One Comment

  1. David Liu
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    aha,conguratulations! In your age,Im a student in a Chinese University and don’t know what to do and how to do.

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