Julia and Noah met on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and went to Bodo’s on the Corner. Julia: I signed up for Love Connection because my friend wanted to sign up and made me sign up with her — she filled out the majority of my application and sent it in. Noah: Last spring break, I went on Alternative Spring Break, and on the trip, it was revealed that one of the other people had actually gone on Love Connection and had a fun time. We all decided that if the opportunity ever arises that we should do it. I saw the posting on the class Facebook group and decided to do it. Julia: I was kind of freaking out when I found out I was chosen. I didn’t think I’d get chosen when she signed me up, and I felt like I should go because she went on hers last year, so I thought I’d just do it. I had never been on a blind date before, but I thought it would be totally fine. Noah: I was definitely surprised when I found out I was chosen because it was so soon, and I know some people get picked months later. I had never been on a blind date before, so I expected it to be a little awkward and to consist of just talking. I didn’t have high hopes, but I wasn’t too afraid. Julia: I got there before he did, so I sat down and started making awkward eye contact with people because I figured he’d be making awkward eye contact with people too. Then he came up and said “Julia!” and it was fine. Noah: When I first got there, she was sitting on a bench. I walked up and asked if she was Julia. I introduced myself and made sure I was talking to the right person. I offered to walk over to Bodo’s, grab a bagel and talk. Julia: He was super nice and seemed very chill and relaxed. It was very casual. We went to Bodo’s and hung out for about 45 minutes to an hour. Noah: She was very friendly, pretty easy to talk to and seemed like a cool person. I would say the conversation was pretty even — it definitely wasn’t extremely one-sided. Julia: I feel like it was pretty balanced. We covered the standard “where are you from, what are you majoring in, etc.” It wasn’t awkward at all. Noah: I wouldn’t say we had too much in common to be honest. She’s from [around] Chicago, and I’m from Richmond. Her high school was a lot bigger than mine. We did know some of the same people, which was cool. Julia: We didn’t have a ton in common, but we talked about the clubs we’re in. He’s into sports and the No-Tones. He’s also in the group One in Four, which is really cool. Noah: I think it was more of a friend vibe. Julia: I definitely got a friend vibe. It wasn’t very flirty. Noah: At the end, we both headed separate ways. I was going to my apartment, and she was going to hers. We said bye, I said I had a good time and left. It was pretty formal. Julia: We each paid for our own bagels. I gave him my number, told him I’d see him around and walked away. Noah: I guess I’d rate it a 6. Julia: I would rate the date a 6. It was casual and not really romantic.