Love Connection: Eric and Ava
Not much more than cheese, crust and sauce at Crozet Pizza
Year: Third year
School: College of Arts and Sciences
U.Va. involvement: Rugby team, tutoring
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
Ideal date (physical attributes): Nice looking!
Ideal date (personality): Intelligent, good sense of humor
Ideal date (activity): Dinner
Deal breakers? [None], as long as you’re not rude.
Describe a typical weekend_ Homework, hanging out with friends
Hobbies: I always like listening to music. I’ll watch movies. I enjoy watching and playing sports.
What makes you a good catch? It’s okay to brag! I’m tall, sweet and intelligent.
What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? I’m kind of goofy sometimes.
What is your spirit animal? Tiger
What’s your favorite pick-up line? “Hi, my name is Eric!”
Describe yourself in one sentence: I am tall and handsome and have a wide variety of knowledge.
Do you like horror movies? No. There are some movies that are horror movies that are good, but I don’t like horror movies in general.
Have you ever (or would you ever) travel around another country alone? I think so.
Would it be fun for you to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat? Yes. I would love that.
Year: Second year
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Major: Undecided, but possibly Foreign Affairs or Sociology — or both!
U.Va. involvement: Salsa club, University Democrats, Crafting for Conservation, Hoos for Refugee Women
Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.
Ideal date (physical attributes): Tall, skinny, muscular, and I like dem brunette boys…
Ideal date (personality): Hilarious, kind, interesting, sarcastic. Also, it would be a plus if they weren’t a figment of my imagination or a fictional character.
Ideal date (activity): A long walk on the beach, followed by dinner by candlelight. Then we’d cuddle, chat, eat some more and watch “Sherlock.”
Deal breakers? No sense of humor, or rude.
Describe a typical weekend: Sleeping in, surfing Reddit and Pinterest, going out with friends, Netflix, world domination.
Hobbies: Music, movies, dancing, procrastinating, creeping on people with my roommates, doing weird accents, being a “badass mothertrucker.”
What makes you a good catch? I’m laid back and very silly. Plus my momma says I’m special!
What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? I can be pretty socially awkward and shy at times.
What is your spirit animal? The majestic sloth.
What’s your favorite pick-up line? “Aw shift! Look at the asymptote on that mother function!” or, “I’d like to put my basilisk into your Chamber of Secrets.”
Describe yourself in one sentence: The enigma that is me cannot be contained by a mere sentence!
Do you like horror movies? Yes, but I can’t watch them by myself. TOO SCARY.
Have you ever (or would you ever) travel around another country alone? I haven’t yet! But yes, definitely.
Would it be fun for you to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat? Absolutely!
Eric and Ava met on Friday at 7 p.m. and went to Crozet Pizza on the Corner.
Ava: I did not think that I was going to get chosen because I made my survey very strange. I was wondering what weirdo they picked out for me.
Eric: I didn’t really know how to feel about [the date. Maybe that] it could be fun. I guess I was nervous.
Ava: Eric was sitting on the [Rotunda] steps by himself, so I figured he was my date. Eric is very tall, which is good. He seemed nice. He was friendly.
Eric: Basically, my expectations were just to meet a girl and go have dinner and talk. We kind of saw each other from a distance and awkwardly asked each other if the other was here for Love Connection. I thought she was attractive and she seemed like a nice girl, so I was excited.
Ava: He just suggested Crozet Pizza. I’ve been to the one in Crozet but I haven’t been to the one on the Corner yet, so I was happy to go.
Eric: [During dinner, I realized], she wasn’t really was my type.
Ava: I usually go for guys I can joke around with and tease. There wasn’t much of that going on.
Eric: We talked about our dogs and about what we do around Grounds. I thought it was a good conversation. It was pretty balanced. It was not awkward.
Ava: Once we got past the normal get-to-know-you questions, it got kind of awkward. I was trying to ask him about his favorite movie, and he really didn’t have one, so we were kind of staring at each other thinking, “Okay, what happens now?”
Eric: I don’t think we really had much in common, but it wasn’t a huge problem.
Ava: He was a physics major, so he talked about that a lot. I don’t really know anything about science in general.
Eric: There was not really any flirting going on. I’d say there was more of a friend vibe.
Ava: Like I said, he talked a lot about science; I just smiled and nodded. It was hard to think about things to talk about we both had in common. I’m already awkward enough for two people.
Eric: [After the date] we went to get coffee [at Starbucks].
Ava: He kept asking me about my plans for later that evening. He seemed really intent on hanging out with me later. After we went Starbucks, we went back to [a social gathering] at my dorm in Bice.
Eric: I had to bail, because I [had to go] to let my roommate back in.
Ava: We exchanged numbers and he texted me, “Do you want to meet up after?” and I said, “Sure!” We ended up meeting up later when I went out with some of my suitemates. I guess it kind of ended after I went home with my friends.
Eric: I think [I would see her again] as a friend.
Ava: We might meet up again as friends, but that’s about it. I don’t think [there was a romantic connection].
Eric: I’d rate the date a 7.
Ava: I would rate the date a 7 out of 10. He was a really sweet guy, but I feel like we didn’t have much in common or had much to talk about. We were both kind of awkward with each other.