Mike and Tina met on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and went to The Virginian. Mike: I signed up for Love Connection because my friend was looking for guys to sign up to go on a Love Connection date, so I thought I’d sign up! Tina: My roommates and I all agreed to sign up on Valentine’s Day. After I filled out and turned in my application, my friends all told me that they were kidding and that they’re not going to do it. Mike: I was kind of excited when I found out I was chosen. I didn’t really think that turning in an application would stem into anything. I had never been on a blind date before, so I was a little nervous. I didn’t really know how it was going to pan out or what kind of conversation was going to occur. Tina: When I found out I was chosen, I was nervous and wasn’t sure if I wanted to actually do it. I had never been on a blind date before and thought it would either go really well or really bad. Mike: I got to the Rotunda early because I didn’t want to be the person who has to go up to her asking if she was my date. But then it turned out that she showed up early as well wanting to do the same thing and sat down on the bench across from me. In the end I still had to go up and introduce myself. Tina: He was already sitting there, but obviously I didn’t know it was him. I was a bit early and didn’t want to walk up to him, so I sat on another bench, looked at him and thought, “Maybe that’s him?” He got up and came over, introduced himself and we left. Mike: We were both pretty indecisive, so I asked her to list her top three favorite places to eat on the Corner. She said Basil, [the] Virginian and Lemongrass, and since the Virginian is one of my top three that’s where we decided to eat. Tina: The conversation was a little awkward at first. I think I probably talked more because I was afraid of awkward pauses, so I kept talking a lot. The conversation was pretty balanced, and it got easier and more casual as the date went on. Mike: I think the conversation was pretty balanced — there were no awkward moments at all. There was a lot of typical, “We both have a mouthful of food and there’s 10 seconds before we can respond” moments, but we both did a lot of listening and a lot of talking which was really good. Tina: We talked about sports, academics, extracurriculars, families, etc. We laughed about how we both ended up on Love Connection. I think it’s funny that we didn’t figure out that we had a lot of mutual friends until the end of the date. Mike: We had a lot more in common than I thought. We had tons of mutual friends, we talked about sports and families, and I was able to understand a lot of what she was talking about academically because my friend is in [the Commerce] School, and I knew a lot of what is happening there in terms of projects and work. Tina: From my perspective it was more of a friend vibe, but I would definitely hang out with him in the future — we got along really well! Mike: I got more of a friend vibe — we connected and had a good conversation, but I didn’t make any moves. I could definitely see myself hanging out with her again. Tina: He told me he would pay right when they asked for the check, and I thought that was very nice of him. We got up and were heading in different directions, so we gave each other a hug. I thanked him and told him that I’m sure we’ll run into each other. He then friended me on Facebook later. Mike: I paid of course — I wouldn’t let her. We hugged goodbye and went our separate ways. Tina: [I rate the date an] 8. Mike: I would rate the date an 8.