Love Connection: Scott and Kelsey

A split check and little in common makes for a date with few sparks


Fourth-year student Scott and Curry student Kelsey have friendly conversation but find little real attraction over dinner at Lemongrass.

Photos provided by Scott and Kelsey


Year: Fourth
School: College
Major: English
Involvement at U.Va.: Art Museum Docent, Rare Book School Collections Assistant
Hometown: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Ideal Date: Oddly, I’m not so into tall blondes. I mean, I find lots of girls beautiful, but if I had my druthers, “One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that’s certain; wise, or I’ll none; virtuous, or I’ll never cheapen her; fair, or I’ll never look on her; mild, or come not near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall be of what colour it please God.”
Describe a typical weekend: I could make myself sound really fun, but honestly, I look forward to the new “This American Life” episode on Sundays.
Hobbies: NPR, drawing, tea… I’d like to start reading at an old folks’ home, but I haven’t yet.
Describe yourself in one sentence: I equally enjoy art museums and demolition derbies, book history and CLAW, hot chocolate and beer, napping and hiking, straw hats and bow ties, doing nothing and doing something and I often inadvertently sound pretentious.


Year: Fifth (Curry Program)
School: College and Curry School
Major: Math
U.Va. Involvement: Gymnastics club, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, lifeguard at AFC
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Ideal Date: I like tall, dark and handsome — so smooth, tan skin. No curly hair. Someone like Taylor Lautner.
Ideal Date Personality: Nice, easy to talk to, funny, polite and has good manners.
Deal breakers? No first years! Must be 20 years in age. I also don’t like short guys.
What makes you a good catch? I’m cute, and I can be really funny once you get to know me. I’m also really caring and I invest a lot into my friendships.
What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? Everyone says I look really young for my age and it really bothers me. I can also be a little shy upon meeting someone, but I open up very quickly!

Scott and Kelsey met at the Rotunda fence on Sunday at 7 p.m. The pair went to Lemongrass on the Corner.

Scott: I was mostly nervous. This [was] my first blind date. After I found out I was chosen [for Love Connection], I realized I didn’t know how to go on a blind date, so I went to WikiHow. WikiHow told me not to have expectations, so I did my best not to.

Kelsey: I’ve been on one other blind date a couple years ago and it didn’t go so well. We didn’t really connect at all. I was going into it not expecting anything — and it went better than my last [date].

Scott: Kelsey showed up and sat on the stoop of one of the Pavilions. It’s kind of awkward, walking up to someone and asking, “Are you here for Love Connection?”

Kelsey: He was nice. He seemed a little more reserved but the conversation went pretty fluidly. He was easy to talk to.

Scott: I didn’t have a strong first impression but she seemed like a good, genuine person, which set me at ease.

Kelsey: We went to Lemongrass. It was his idea. He’d never been there before.

Scott: The conversation was straightforward. There weren’t exactly any plot twists or points of great suspense. It was pleasant. There were pauses, but I didn’t feel like they were awkward.

Kelsey: We’re both from Richmond and we both pole-vaulted in high school. It didn’t seem like there was that much else in common.

Scott: She was probably doing most of the talking. I tend to ask more questions than talk about myself in a conversation.

Kelsey: I didn’t feel there was any romantic connection, and the date lasted less than an hour.

Scott: I didn’t pick up on any flirting going on. I don’t think I would see myself going out with her again.

Kelsey: When the check came we just stared at it and I said, “Well, our meals cost the same so we could just split it.” He went with that, but I was kind of expecting him to pay for it.

Scott: Splitting the check was a mutual understanding. Both of us had that idea.

Kelsey: I give him my number at the end because I felt like I should, but I’d be surprised if he texted me.

Scott: I’d say the date was a 6.5. It was an easy date, easy conversation and there was nothing uncomfortable. I think both of us walked away without an embarrassing moment, but without exceptional moments.

Kelsey: Because it was really short and he didn’t pay for my dinner, I’d rate the date around a 5.

Note: for next week’s Love Connection, we are looking to put out a first-year edition — a chance to break from the hustle and bustle of O’Hill and get to know one of your new classmates. To apply, go to the Life section of our website and find the “Take the Survey” link. Love Connection runs every week, so even if you are not selected next week, we may well get to you later in the semester!

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