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Long distance… not as bad as you think? (Part 1)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Piggybacking off of Drew’s awesome post earlier this week, let’s talk about having a long distance relationship while at Wisconsin…

LDRs are doable but not easy while a student.  How do I know?  Well, I am currently in a very committed long distance relationship with my fiancée Lindsey (We are getting married this July!).

Linds and I have been together for 8 years and when I was admitted to the Brand Center, we had to make a few very difficult decision.  She is a very talented engineer and has a great career with her engineering firm.  Unfortunately, her company doesn’t have an office in Madison.  I didn’t want to make her choose between her career and my education, so when we decided (and it was a joint decision) to come to Madison, she pursued an office transfer to the closest city to Madison (Chicago).

Although not ideal, looking back, neither of us would have done anything differently.  She is able to continue to pursue her career ambitions and I am able to get the best brand management MBA possible.  I don’t want to sugar coat the decision process though, it was very difficult and involved a lot of sleepless nights. At the time of the decision neither of us realized how difficult it is to actually live apart.

Part 2 – Later this week