Why didn’t someone think of Datemyschool.com sooner — like when I was in college, for example?
Is Datemyschool.com what the Winklevoss twins had in mind when they asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to create HarvardConnection — a site where stressed out bookworms could find love online instead of in the library? Who knows? But it’s still an ingenious idea, and one that’s guaranteed to make intelligent co-eds very, very happy.
Datemyschool is an online matchmaking site developed by French business student Jean Meyer for one simple reason (other than monetary gain, of course). “People in the 21st century are alone. We have so many new ways of communicating, yet we are so alone.”
You won’t be alone for much longer if you attend Columbia, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Stanford or the University of California, Berkeley, now that the 28-year-old entrepreneur — who’s nickname is ‘The French Zuckerberg’ is on the case.
His model is even more exclusive and private than the original HarvardConnection. Users can can choose which schools can see their profiles and which will be invisible. For example, if you’re an elitist who thinks Columbia is the be-all, end-all of all academic institutions (trust me, when I lived in New York, I met a lot of these annoying, elitist pricks), then you can hide all users from F.I.T. You can also narrow down your choices based on body type, religion and ambition. Heavy stuff.
According to an article in the New York Times, students are more than satisfied with the site, which plans on branching out and including other schools like Boston University, Harvard and M.I.T. in April. “Most of the guys I’ve hooked up with have been in my program, which didn’t turn out to be a great idea,” says Columbia film student Dominique Lefebrve, who adds, “To be able to meet someone who is also going through a rigorous program but outside of my field would be wonderful.”
Unfortunately, most of these grad students are more focused on their careers than they are on love, which is something that makes the tres romantique creator triste. “Young people today have the impression that dating is like buying consumer goods,” he says sadly.
What makes me sad is that this potentially wonderful site wouldn’t have been available to me as a student (I went to an art school, not an Ivy League) and that it isn’t available to me now. Someone should create TheLoveConnection or something like it, a dating site unlike Match.com or LavaLife, where guys pretend to be looking for relationships but actually want easy, one-stop-shopping sex, or religion specific sites like the Christian-exclusive eHarmony or Jewish website JDate.
Love isn’t elitist, and it shouldn’t only be about sex. Thankfully, I know I’m not alone in this belief — Jean Meyer is right there with me.