I want a balanced opinion on this situation. It was kind of a classic LJBF kind of thing but with a twist.
I was in college and went after a girl who was relatively pretty and her Dad is the head of my department and has a ton of connections. Both of those things were at play for sure. She was one of those girls that hangs out with a ton of guys and friendzones all of them and asks why no guys want to approach her. Even the ones she claims to like she makes sure to tease so that they never get too close to her "platinum vagine" (barf). Also, obviously, girls hate her for getting all this attention and she complains about that too to no end (yawn).
In retrospect, I should have avoided this whole situation, but got friendzoned because I am a dumbass anyway. Now, other than swallowing my dignity and having to inflate her ego a few times, I got her to introduce me to her dad and got him to offer me a position on his research team. I am fairly sure that his letter of rec got me into my first choice medical school.
I didn't end up dropping her as a friend after the friendzoning and did manage to get something pretty useful out of it. But I can't help feel like I got shortchanged somehow. I mean I did have to give up time and dignity to ingratiate to her. And I mean yeah I got a decent amount of free booze from the parties she would throw, but she also publicly bitched me out for flirting with one of her friends.
I feel like my dignity wasn't worth it, but from a pragmatic viewpoint I got enough out of it. I don't talk to her anymore obviously. She's outlived her usefulness to me and I'm not going to inflate her ego.