Alex and Lillie

Two first-years receive highest ratings in recent history

Alex and Lillie met in front of the Rotunda at 9 p.m. on a Wednesday and went to Café Caturra on the Corner.

Lillie: I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, so I got my suitemates to do it with me kind of as a joke but kind of seriously. I thought it would be cool to see who someone else would set you up with.

Alex: My friend Kay got me to do it by helping me with stat work. Shout out to section 102, group 11!

Lillie: I was surprised that I was chosen so quickly.

Alex: I was very skeptical at first, but it ended up being really fun.

Lillie: [This blind date] was definitely my first one. I thought it would be so awkward. I was really nervous and excited but did not have high expectations.

Alex: I literally had no idea what to expect, so I was definitely kind of nervous.

Lillie: He was there first, but he was talking to some dude on the side, so I went and stood by the Rotunda, and he came up to me. It was obvious that he wasn't a random person because it was raining and 9 o'clock.

Alex: I got there first. I ran into one of my friends, so we were hanging out. She was standing there, and I was like, "That's probably her." It wasn’t awkward at all. I was like, "Hey," and she was like, "Hey."

Lillie: [My first impression was that] he would be the person I was set up with. He definitely matched everything I said.

Alex: She was really friendly, really outgoing and very pretty.

Lillie: We went to Café Caturra. We were going to go to Roots and … Mellow Mushroom, but Roots was closed and Mellow had trivia night. We had both neither been to Café Caturra, so we just hopped in there.

Alex: We went and got dinner at a restaurant on the Corner since neither of us had eaten yet.

Lillie: I didn’t think [the conversation] was ever awkward. I think we're pretty similar, so the conversation flowed really well.

Alex: [The conversation] was super fluid, and she's super interesting so it was fun. It was really good conversation for sure.

Lillie: I guess [we have common] mindsets. He's a super chill dude. Especially at U.Va. where so many people are super into their studies and stressed out, he definitely seemed like he works hard but doesn't forget about the other stuff. He knows when to just hang out and not stress.

Alex: We both like the outdoors and enjoy environmental science.

Lillie: I feel like everything we talked about was funny. We talked about shark attacks for a while and that was super interesting.

Alex: When we were walking back there was a crazy guy screaming on the top of his lungs and getting arrested on the sidewalk right in front of us, and we had to awkwardly walk around him and the police officer. It was kind of high key awkward.

Lillie: I could see [the date] going either way. I thought he was super cute and can see myself going out with him again. I got his number, so who knows!

Alex: Being honest, yeah, there was flirting. Honestly it was dope. I was skeptical at first, but it was a good time. For sure, would love to go out with her again.

Lillie: He paid, super sweet. He walked me home.

Alex: I paid for dinner and I walked her back to [her] dorm that is really far away by Runk.

Lillie: I would say a 10. It was super chill, and I had a great time.

Alex: It was a 10/10. It was a great time.

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