The Economics of Taking Classes with Your Significant Other
When you stumble through the threshold of high school into university, you're faced with many new dilemmas. But perhaps the most important could be the one involving whether to take all your classes with your significant other or not. Now if you're not an Economics student, like myself, you've probably had these Economics major tell you how they're much better at making these choices because they know what an "opportunity cost" is, or not. Regardless, we will divulge into what would be the economics of you doing your classes with your significant other (S.O.).
The Profit: Since this person is your S.O., I assume you must really like this person. If you don't actually, then I would urge you reconsider your life choices. The upside (or in this case the profit) would be the prospect of seeing him all the time. You'll have one person guaranteed who'd save a seat for you. Vouch for you when you skip a class. Also, share his notes with you. To top it all off, if the teacher is terrible, bearing the storm together will bring you two even closer.
The Loss: You can never not-see this person. The second you walk into your university you see your S.O. There he is, with his books in his hands, ready for a class with you. You lose track of what it means to have space. Are you an 'individual' person? You ask yourself as you wake up screaming at night, drenched in sweat having dreamt of you two with the same body, just two heads. This will especially be worse during fights when you would need that space to figure your issues out. And if your S.O. is competitive, watch him crumble if you ever get better grades than he does. Then spend the next hours consoling him instead of being happy about your own grades.
The Trade-off: Although you might often forget when you're in a relationship, you still do have friends outside of your S.O. When you're taking classes with him, you're missing out on spending time with your other friends. On the other hand, if your S.O. and you have different interests, taking different classes would mean being able to explore those interests. For instance, you might want to minor in something, like Anthropology, while your S.O. might not want to minor at all. By taking all your classes together, you might just be making each other miserable.
Ultimately, whether you want to take all your classes together or not is directly on you. But a balance of some together, and some not seems like a better mix. It's on you to decide whether it's economically profitable or not. This is all I can tell you from the one Economics class that I did take.