Love Connection: Kurt's return
Hometown: Northern Virginia
U.Va. involvement: Pre-med organizations, Chi Alpha
Ideal date (person): I want someone who is smart and funny yet still mature.
Ideal date (activity): My ideal date would be dinner and going to see a movie.
Deal breakers: Arrogant, really short, very strict, does not like EMT/firefighters or medical studies
Describe a typical weekend: I like to watch movies and spend time outside.
Hobbies: Volleyball, swimming, reading (Nicholas Sparks novels), volunteering as an EMT
Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I’m good looking fun, and a bubbly person to hang around.
Describe yourself in one sentence: I’m smart, cute and have a super awesome personality that will rock your world — plus, I can save your life!
Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.
U.Va. involvement: Brown Residential College and the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union
Ideal date (person): Thin, but not obsessed with the necessity of being thin. Hair color changes with the season, but I must admit that I’m a sucker for a lady with bangs. Personality-wise, I want someone who is domineering, cynical, adventurous and capable of holding an actual conversation.
Ideal date (activity): Dinner—somewhere quiet and not overrun by college students, live music at a venue or a hike through nature. The “success” of a date really depends more on the company than the activity.
Deal breakers: Someone who doesn’t know who David Bowie is
Hobbies: Writing, watching documentaries, cooking, exploring
Favorite pick-up line: “That chair is broken. Why don’t you come sit right here next to me?”
Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I’m confident, or at least I’m not afraid of speaking my mind.
Describe yourself in one sentence: A friend of mine once described my personality as “a potent mix of narcissism and self-loathing.”
Amy and Kurt met for their date on the Rotunda steps at 7:30 p.m.
Amy: I originally filled out the [Love Connection] survey fall of my first year as a way to meet new people, so I was really excited when I found out I had been chosen.
Kurt: I’m a bit of a repeat customer with Love Connection. I did it last year and thought it would be good entertainment to give it another shot.
Amy: I had never been on a blind date before, but I expected it to be a pretty typical date night – getting to know someone new over dinner, and a movie or something like that afterwards. Other than that, I didn’t really know what to expect.
Kurt: After my experiences on blind dates, I have come to expect a certain level of awkwardness from the situation. I think my friends might have been more excited than I was to see how it played out.
Amy: The date didn’t start off well when he showed up 20 minutes late and didn’t even apologize. The first thing he said to me was that he had done Love Connection before, and it didn’t work out well so he didn’t have high expectations for our date.
Kurt: Because I was so late, I could identify her pretty easily sitting outside with a disappointed look on her face. I was sorry, but I forgot to mention that when I introduced myself.
Amy: We talked on the steps of the Rotunda for a little as we tried to figure out where to go.
Kurt: I had planned to take her to a bluegrass concert to see Chamomile and Whiskey, but she said that she had to physics homework to do on Webassign and couldn’t stay out late.
Amy: We ended up going to Fig, a new restaurant that had just opened on the Corner. When we walked into the restaurant, we were the only ones there. After we sat down at our table, they dimmed the lights for us. The waiters didn’t have any other tables, so they just kind of stared at us. [It] was pretty uncomfortable.
Kurt: We made small talk about things like our majors and what we did over the summer, but it felt more like an interview than a date. It was pleasant, but we had differing religious beliefs that made conversation challenging at times.
Amy: We didn’t really have much in common except that his mom is a doctor and I’m pre-vet. We talked about his pre-med roommate for a little.
Kurt: When I told her that I worked at a summer camp, she got really excited and asked how I felt about kids. I thought that was a typical reaction from a girl with strong religious beliefs. I was concerned.
Amy: He made it very clear that he viewed Christians as pro-life bible thumpers, and I felt like I had to defend my views against his stereotypes of Christians. At one point, he asked me if I even knew who Rick Santorum was. It was very rude.
Kurt: She told me that she was on the fence about liking Rick Santorum. I don’t think I even need to comment on why that’s a problem.
Amy: There was definitely no flirting going on from my end, and I really didn’t feel any from his end.
Kurt: We were friendly with each other, but there were no romantic undertones.
Amy: After dinner, we split at 14th Street as I was walking back to my house. I told him it was nice to meet him, and he just said “okay” and shook my hand.
Kurt: I offered to walk her to her house, but she said she was fine. We ended the night with an awkward handshake. It was not particularly engaging.
Amy: I would rate the date a 4. I don’t know if he realized it, but he kept licking his silverware, which creeped me out a little. We had [some] interesting conversation, and he seemed really passionate about things like English and his writing.
Kurt: I would give the date a 5.5. It was short, because she was rushed to get back to her work, and I would have preferred to go to the bluegrass concert instead of dinner. I had moved my car in preparation and everything. I found her lack of adventurous spirit a bit off-putting.
Amy: I would love to chat with him if we ran into each other, but I wouldn’t ask him to go to the movies or anything.
Kurt: I’m not sure what will happen after this. I have her name if I want to contact her, but I want to hear her side of the story before I make my next move.
Want more Kurt? Read his last Love Connection interaction here.