There has been a huge response to this, with many people saying "What the F" and then a number of others saying that she may actually have a point.
First and foremost I have no problem with the prioritization of relationships at any point in someone's life. If someone really wants to find a mate at any point in their life, more power to them and best of luck in finding what they are looking for. So that's not my issue with this. Here are my issues:
Snottiest attitude ever!! It seems that Patton is assuming that people at Princeton are the most desirable...period. Forget things that student may really be looking for the most like sense of humor, being generous, humble, loving, etc. which are not exclusive to the school. Or even wanting intelligence and ambition which believe it or not, exists outside of the Ivy league.
Why was this just presented as an argument for girls? Studies show that men who get married are happier and make more money than those who stay single (I couldn't find the happiness study, but it exists..). In the case of earnings women tend to earn more when they delay marriage or do not marry at all. So if we're just focusing on shallow stuff like status already, why not focus on this earnings stat and encourage the men to find themselves a Princeton woman?
Friends and Networking: I 100% agree that college is more than about just classes. And I would encourage any girl or guy going to college to make friends that are smart, ambitious, friendly, caring, loving, etc....that way they'll have a wonderful network of friends to have as a personal and professional support as they go through life. And if one of those friends happens to be one they want to marry, wonderful. If not, that's fine.
Do what you want, but if marriage is your only goal, don't take the spot of someone who actually cares about the education. If someone is really coming to an Ivy league school with the main purpose of finding a spouse, I would argue that they should GTFO and give the spot to someone who cares about the education. If you really just want to meet Princeton boys, live by the campus, hang out at the coffee house while wearing a cute sundress, and go to their frat parties. I'm sure something will work out.
If you're not ready you're not ready. When I was in college, I had a really wonderful boyfriend for about 2 years. There was absolutely nothing wrong with him, he had a ton going for him and I am sure we could have gotten married afterwards. But I wasn't ready. I don't know why and I can't explain it, but it's true. I know it's a jungle out there if you are dating the real world, but you can't rush feelings, and the ability to commit.
Become an engineer! Ok this one is kind of a joke. But if you want to be surrounded by a bunch of smart dudes in college, get in the engineering program. The closer you get to completely male dominated disciplines like Electrical Engineering, the better. I guarantee, at least 20% of the class will have a crush on you. If you're lucky, you'll find your man in college. If not, rest assured, you have the rest of your working life to be a minority surrounded by intelligent (although potentially nerdy) boys. Hooray!
So. Thoughts on the article? Should I be sad I didn't lock down a Rice University man?