Love Connection: Jake and Katie
First-year engineer faces setbacks at Sakura
Major: Computer Science
U.Va. Involvement: Host for the Monroe Society, The Inventor’s Society, Club Wrestling, Jewish Religious Life Council and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
Ideal Date: Someone around my height (I can’t fight my genetics…), cute with an athletic side. This person has to have something they are truly passionate about. I really think it’s awesome when someone has devoted themselves to an activity and he/she shows it.
Ideal Date Activity: I’m a classy guy. Getting dressed up and eating a homemade, fancy dinner in a dimly lit room is a great way to set the mood (especially when you take a dorm room/lounge and decorate it like crazy). Following some good eats and conversation, we’d take a walk to a place where we can stargaze.
Deal breakers? Smokers and/or people with a lack of passion/drive are a no go.
Describe a typical weekend: I live by the mantra work hard, play hard. Saturday is play and Sunday is work. Going out with friends, playing sports, seeing movies and relaxing with my hobbies make up most of the play. When Sunday comes around, it’s back to the grind. Powerlifting, club meetings and homework truly make Sunday Funday.
What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? I’m a ginger. Case-in-point.
What is your spirit animal? Every time I start a new game in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, the game sets me as a Charmander. Coincidence? I think not.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Gingers do have souls.
Major: Systems Engineering
U.Va. Involvement: Competitive Rock Climbing
Ideal Date: Someone with flaming red hair — the longer the better — and a mustache. I love mustaches. Preferably taller than me, though I can definitely work with someone shorter. I don’t discriminate based on height. I need a date who will share my mutual love for all things small animal. My date needs to be pretty shy, because I love to talk, but not afraid to go in for the occasional hug when I’m looking cold/lonely.
Hobbies: Putting things in a blender and seeing if it’ll blend (or not), making up my own languages, coding/decoding various computer programs.
What makes you a good catch? I’ve perfected the art of being happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. I can do the Cotton Eyed Joe backwards and in Spanish. I can smell a perfectly cooked eggplant from 12 miles away.
Describe yourself in one sentence: The lovechild of Beyoncé and George Washington.
Jake and Katie met at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotunda and went to Sakura.
Jake: I signed up back in September because it was a recurring joke in high school that I’d be the one to do something like this.
Katie: I don’t know who filled out the survey for me. I was very confused when I found out I was chosen, but I decided I’d do it anyway because it’s fun.
Jake: I was surprised. [I filled out the survey] so long ago. I wondered, “Is this is actually happening?!” I thought, “Let’s do this!”
Katie: I have never been on a blind date. A girl in my sorority went on [Love Connection] and her date was Joe Harris, so there was a little hope that there would be a prominent athlete, even though I knew the basketball team wasn’t in town.
Jake: I got there a little early — just wanted to be safe. Katie got there around 6:30 and saw some of her friends and was joking with them about Love Connection. We were both confused about what we were supposed to do.
Katie: He was wearing nice clothes, but looked like he had come from class because he had a backpack on. He seemed nice, but kind of quiet at first.
Jake: I thought she was really cute. For me, I am really shy. I’ve never been able to approach a girl, but for some reason, this was so easy. Things seemed to flow immediately.
Katie: At first, he was kind of shy and not very talkative, but once he got more comfortable, he was fine. At first I felt like I was doing most of the talking, but it could be that I’m a chatty person.
Jake: The conversation seemed really natural. It flowed really well. We talked about how [during her first year] she lived about three suites down from where I live. We talked about how she went to the London Olympics after her high school graduation.
Katie: The conversation was kind of awkward at times. There were pauses a lot, but I feel like that is to be expected.
Jake: I would say the talking was pretty balanced. It was not at all awkward, which for me was really surprising.
Katie: I think he really misses social cues sometimes.
Jake: We both talked about how we’re in Greek organizations. I’m in ZBT; she’s in A-Chi-O.
Katie: I don’t think I was flirting. I don’t think he was flirting with me, either.
Jake: There was maybe a little bit of flirting; I’m not really a good judge of that. If I was flirting, I probably wouldn’t have realized it.
Katie: I would probably not see myself going out with him again. We will probably just stay friends. If I see him, I’ll say hi to him. He was a little too quiet for me. He paid for the dinner–that was very gentlemanly. Chivalry is not dead!
Jake: I could see myself going out with her again. There was maybe a little romantic connection. At the end, she said she hopes to see me again.
Katie: We said goodbye. He asked for my number and I gave it to him. I don’t think there was a spark or anything. He texted me. I didn’t know what to say back, as I didn’t want to lead him on in any way.
Jake: I would rate the date an 8.
Katie: It wasn’t super horrible that I wanted to stab my eyeballs out with a chopstick. [There] wasn’t super long pauses, but at the same time it wasn’t super engaging and [such a] great time that I would want to keep having more and more. I’ll give it a 4. I feel like he was talking down to me at points about being in third year E-School classes.