Doubts on dating a guy that went to trade school
A guy at work likes me but he didn’t go to college. He’s an electrician, two years older but went to trade school.
I graduated HS with a 4.0, voted president of numerous academic clubs. I was chosen to represent our school in the annual Math Bowl and I was the reason we took home first place. My ACT score was 38. I land a full scholarship to a top ranked university in the country and graduated top in my class with honors along with other awards. I graduated last May with a Master’s in mechanical engineering. I was recruited by many companies and one of the largest auto parts manufacturers in the US. With my impressive resume and accomplishments, I was a little bummed because they consider me an ‘entry level’ engineer.
I had only been with the company 2 weeks when I met Billy. At first things started out weird. He was asking me personal questions like ‘are you dating anyone? can we text each other? Then things got creepy. Each morning he was waiting for me and would open the door and say, “WOW! you look nice.” He’d offer to buy me a latte from the cafeteria then compliment my hair, eyes and outfit. Who degrades women like that? I was so freaked out, I wanted to quit! I discussed it with my manager. She said he’s being nice but would be willing to have a talk with him. I couldn’t sleep and my stomach was so sick from being talked to like that. I insisted on talking to HR. The HR manager is a male and I knew who he’d take up for. I insisted on seeing Debbie, the assistant HR manager. I was surprised when she took up for him too, however, she agreed to begin the process to have him moved to another division. I was a little relieved but remember my professors warning females about work place behavior and no matter what we do, WE will be treated different from then on. In this case everyone would know why Billy got reassigned and I would be a bad person.
Debbie said he’s not a bad guy. She admitted she doesn’t know him well but did know he missed a lot of work two years ago to take care of his fiancé. She got cancer & Duke University tried stem cells but she passed away before they could get married. Debbie got involved because he was using time without pay. People started donating vacation hours and money to help him. Debbie thought he was being nice and asked me to delay transferring him. Here we go again, they always take up for the male!
I was invited to a cook-out and Billy was there. We talked and he asked me to dinner. I’d like to but he didn’t go to college. I’m still facebook friends with former professors. What would they think if I started dating someone that went to trade school?