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"The guys place the same priority on education and the same passion for their careers as I do," Hirner said."We're also at similar places in our lives, being students, which makes it easier to relate." Columbia University students Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer started the dating website on campus in November.But Date My School has inched its way in and formed a niche for students searching for a boyfriend or girlfriend who shares the same educational goals and understands school comes first on the priority list.Lara Hirner, a grad student at Columbia University's Teachers College, has gone on dates to the opera, Central Park and ice cream shops with guys she met on Date My School."Nothing against Flavor Flav, but he's not my type." Zorogastua said she'd be more willing to give Date My School a go, since she could narrow the search to a student also in an intense grad program who understands she doesn't have to time to commit to a serious relationship.Don't be offended by online-dating rejection "A lot of people knock it, they just thinks it's kind of cheesy, but you know what, it's an option," Andy Lalinde said.Karent Zorogastua, a second-year grad student at Columbia's School of Public Health with a hectic schedule, registered with but stopped after guys she was not interested in contacted her.
Date My School is the only dating site that specifies the user's alma mater."They think that if they go to a bar, it is still more easy to get a date," he said.But for students who are swamped with hours of studying and lab research, meeting someone at a bar or party is just not that simple when there's no time to socialize.From there, users can narrow their searches to students attending specific schools.They can go one step further and select to meet only students with majors such as business, art or engineering.