School: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Major: Biomedical Engineering
U.Va. involvement: UGuides, Club Tennis, Beach Volleyball Club, IM Volleyball, SVATT, Fourth-Year Trustees, Sustained Dialogue
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
Ideal date personality: Fun, honest, spontaneous, social, listens as well as she talks, perhaps shares a hobby or two with me and versatile in social roles
Ideal date activity: In a metaphysical sense, the key to a successful date is threefold — meal, drinks and activity. Having that in mind, we’ll head over to Mas Tapas at either 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. — we want to avoid the rush so we can spend quality time in a relatively isolated setting. I will give her the agency of deciding which time, depending on her schedule and preference. Mas Tapas is great because one can order a variety of savory, rich food and a powerful sangria for a reasonable price. Afterwards, I’d love to go to the Downtown Mall and get gelato. Powerful. I think that counts as an activity.
Deal breakers?: Bad at using chop sticks. Just kidding! I’d say some deal-breakers include extremely type A personalities, lack of spontaneity, loquacious but not attentive talking habits, big ego, rudeness to waiters, overall not inclusive or accepting language — these are not deep virtues.
Describe a typical weekend: Going out a couple nights, actively pursuing substitutes to school work, playing tennis, going to the gym, eating meals with people and throwing a frisbee on the Lawn. This weekend, I was looking up the perks of Amazon Prime and was actually blown away. Good weekend.
Hobbies: Tennis, pottery, volleyball, browsing social media, eating, thinking about the dialectical relationship between form and content and sleeping.
What makes you a good catch?: My good friend Patrick said I have a knack for establishing meaningful connections because I get beyond pleasantries quickly. I identify with that.
What makes you a less-than-perfect catch?: I say conventional words like "small" and "strong" in unexpected ways, which throws people off. Additionally, I abbreviate words such as "powerful" to "pofu,” pronounced like tofu, and that also throws people off.
What is your spirit animal?: Tuna — they never sleep because they need to keep swimming in order to keep breathing. Restless.
What's your favorite pick-up line?: Let’s go to El Jaripeo and get some margaritas while we get to know each other better.
Describe yourself in one sentence: Shota is an introspective, spontaneous guy who loves posting long Snapchat stories and exploring new experiences — like going on a Love Connection blind date for the second time — as long as they are reasonably priced and healthy.