I'm a graduate student at one of the largest universities in the US. I'm sure all of you know if you're out somewhere talking to a random girl breaking the ice often one of the first questions that comes up is "What do you do?" If I haven't had enough chance to show DHV or build sufficient interest than answering this question truthfully is usually the last thing I want to do.
girl: What do you do?
me: I'm a college student.
girl: Oh me too blah blah what do you study?
me: I'm a graduate student.
girl: studying what?
girl: oh... I hate physics
Seriously 90% of the time that's what girls say. It's a conversation killer because NOTHING in their lives relates to what I do. To make matters worse they associate me with socially awkward beta nerds (not an unfair stereotype, I'm like the only one in my class who dresses well, lifts, and spends a great deal of effort developing my social skills). I've tried powering through it and it's marginally effective:
girl: You're a grad student? So what do you study?
me: physics oh are those your panties on the floor?
girl: (laughs) so are you getting your PhD then?
me: nod yes
fast-forward to later in the night.
girl introducing me to other people: This is mark. He's getting his PhD in physics.
guy: your into physics people now?
girl: (scoffs) no.
To make matters worse, most girls I interact with are college students and almost always the first thing that comes up in conversation with them is "what do you study?" which is so direct it's impossible to avoid.
Any advice out there for this situation?