Riley and Madison met on the Rotunda steps at 1:45 p.m. on Friday and went to Roots on the Corner. Riley: I read The Cavalier Daily somewhat regularly, and Love Connection always seemed like a pretty interesting experience. I was also trying to convince a friend of mine to sign up and figured if I did it and had a good experience it might encourage him. Madison: My friends and I all signed up for Love Connection because we thought it’d be fun. Riley: When I heard I was chosen, I was both excited and terrified at the same time. I signed up on a whim, so being selected was quite the surprise. Madison: When I was chosen, I was a little surprised because they responded so quickly. Riley: I hadn’t been on a blind date, so I tried to not have any expectations. At a minimum, it was an excuse to get Roots again. Madison: I have never been on a blind date. Honestly, I thought it was either going to be super awkward or turn out pretty well. Riley: There had just been a protest on the Lawn, so I thought I wasn’t going to be able find her. The protesters eventually left and so I just looked around for someone who seemed like they were confused. Madison: I got there first and didn’t see anyone. I was a little worried because my friend did Love Connection like two weeks before and couldn’t find the person she was supposed to meet with, so the date ended up never happening since they both thought they got stood up. Riley: She admitted she didn’t know the Corner too well, so I just threw out some ideas. 1:45 p.m. is a pretty awkward time for a date, so I didn’t know if it was more of a coffee or lunch kind of time. Madison: It was a nice day, and all of the tables at Roots were taken, so we decided to just sit on the Lawn for lunch. Riley: I thought the conversation was pretty balanced. Whenever there was a lapse in the conversation, I would just eat some Roots to smooth it over. Otherwise, I tend to talk a lot, so it was nice to have someone to balance me out. Madison: The conversation flowed pretty well, and I think it was pretty balanced. I think it went really well. Riley: As it turns out, we both put “does not like dogs” as our deal breakers, so that was a big point of conversation — she has a small dog though, and I have a big one, so I don’t know if it it’s fair to say we really had that in common since small dogs are essentially cats. Also, neither of us are from NOVA. Madison: We both really like dogs and talked about our dogs back home. Riley: The conversation was fun. We talked about politics a lot — I am a political science major — so I knew that was a way to make myself seem smart. In general, it was probably somewhere in between … flirty and friendly. Madison: Yeah I think there was definitely a lot of flirting. We really connected. Riley: I haven’t been to Grit recently, so I would be up for a second date. Madison: I could definitely see us going out again. Riley: I had to run to an ROTC event — and was late — so we just exchanged numbers and headed our separate ways. Madison: We could’ve stayed for longer, but parted ways when we had prior obligations. Of course, we paid for ourselves like normal people. Riley: I would give the date a solid 8.5. Madison: It was totally a 9. We definitely connected, and I think he would say the same. Riley: I thought it was a fun experience. It’s definitely one of those “100 things to do before you graduate” kind of [things]. Madison: I always love meeting new people, so I’m definitely glad I signed up for Love Connection.