Best Pick-Up Lines By Harvard MBAs?

Who are the most eligible MBAs at Harvard Business School?

Sure, it’s not as vexing a question as the challenges faced by a chief financial officer who is dealing with massive debt on the balance sheet of her company. Or a CEO who is managing through a crisis that could forever damage the reputation of his company.

HBS student Stephanie Swingle

But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the student newspaper at Harvard Business School, The Harbus, named 31 of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes currently studying for their MBA. And then asked their thoughts on dating, romance, and love.

In a feature under the headline Harvard Business School’s Most Eligible, The newspaper asked each first- and second-year section to select their most eligible singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day and then picked favorites.

Each most eligible nominee dishes on his or her best attribute, pre-date ritual, most romantic spot on campus, the most effective pick-up line, and what they find to be a deal breaker in a partner.

HBS student Amol Shah

Consider Stephanie Swingle. Her pre-date ritual? “Unabashedly jamming out to Jay-Z, SHM, and/or Taylor Swift while ‘getting ready’ (and subsequently losing track of time because, well, I throw a pretty awesome one-woman dance party).” Swingle says the most romantic spot on campus is “the foot bridge. Or the JFK bridge. Or even the cab stand….when it comes to a romantic moment, any spot that leads away from campus is probably a good bet!”

Or consider Amoi Shah, whose Johnny Depp-like looks apparently allow him to get away with a “pick-up line” of just “Hey!” with a smile.

Our personal favorites:

Most Effective Pick-Up Lines:

“Is that quinoa on your plate?” – Pamela Sud

“Please step away from the bar – you’re melting all the ice!” – Martin Vaivods

“HBS” – Aris Theologis

“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal” – Andrew Stein

“Aren’t you the guy I’m supposed to buy a drink?” – Jackie Rogers

“I am the white Jason Bae” – Matt Bornstein

“Let’s tear up the dance floor” – Prita Kumar

“Write your number on a napkin, walk up to a girl and say, ‘Here, you dropped my number’” – Prince Idichand

“So you think you can dance?” – Sarah Cannon

“There is something wrong with my cell phone. It doesn’t have your number in it” — Ivan French

“Maybe I could cook for you one day?” – Lorraine du Peloux de Saint-Romain

“Excuse me. I think you have something in your eye. Nope, it’s a sparkle” – Shauna Casey

Pre-Date Rituals:

“Ice shots of champagne (liquid courage)” – Pamela Sud

“Google search” – Sarah Cannon

“Seven push-ups. Because I get swoll. But not too swoll.” – Aris Theologis

“Rapping with The Sugarhill Gang to Rapper’s Delight” – Andrew Stein

“Dance party in my room and/or glass of scotch – depends on the date” – Anna Yoon

  • JPM

    This is hilarious!

  • MBARoadWarrior

    I actually scored very high in that section. We all make mistakes from time to time. Again, it’s not that serious.

  • RobROy

    Agree “to” others? I guess you need to spend some more time working on your sentence correction section before taking the GMAT.

  • avivalasvegas

    Really? Of all the B schools to run a fun article on, you picked the B school known to have the least date-able personalities?

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  • ta

    you’d be surprised man how much of the under currents in life , in b school in work place in mckinsey in goldman every where is about dating , hookin up , meeting women, etc etc

  • heyholetsgo

    And I have to agree to others, who say that people shouldn’t take themselves or poets&quants so damn seriously. I was entertained by the article;)

  • Looker

    Sorry, but Columbia and NYU have the hottest, most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Probably the whole New York thing.

  • theKomodo

    Interesting alternative article, John! Corny lines, but entertaining to read.

  • MBARoadWarrior

    I’m sorry, I’d have to agree with the rest of the people who commented that this is not credible. However for different reasons. Kellogg students would have much better pick up lines!

  • AndrewP

    That might be a little harsh……. You can’t be overly serious all the time, lighten up fellows…

  • Dave

    The great english historian Edward Gibbon, in his classic book ‘the Decline and fall of the Roman Empire’, summarized that the one of the main reasons the great empire fell was because it lost its sense of purpose. I fear the same is happening to this website. A once highly acclaimed MBA resource has now stopped to ‘tearing up and the dance floor’ and ‘writing numbers on napkins’. RIP P&Q!

  • Nels

    It is perfectly OK John. This article is indeed interesting. People will never stop complaining. I am an avid reader of P and Q right from the smackdowns till the latest posts and I thoroughly enjoy your site. Please keep up the good work 🙂

  • JohnAByrne

    I appreciate that you are a frequent reader very much. But we try to do a mix of things: mostly informative and thoughtful and analytical, but sometimes fun and entertaining. Obviously, this falls under the latter definition.

  • Also frequent reader

    I too agree that this material is below this sight. Maybe if it was a cute side-story that’s one thing, but for it to be a “Must Read” is not lending credibility to the site – perhaps someone who might of just joined.

  • Frequent Reader

    Is this really worthy of this site (I am a frequent reader)? Who cares about HBS pick-up lines.