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Love Connection: Dude, Where's My Date?

Successful match is made after mild Rotunda confusion


Year: Third

Major: Marketing

U.Va. involvement: [I] manage two startup companies.

Ideal date (person): Pretty, gorgeous, exotic, great personality, motivated, big dreams and a sense of humor.

Ideal date (activity): Movie, dinner, nightly stroll

If you could date any celebrity it would be: Megan Fox or Olivia Munn

Deal breakers: The “make or break” is personality.

Describe a typical weekend: Eating, working out, schoolwork, the occasional party/get-together, sleeping and cooking.

Hobbies: Learning marketing techniques, watching movies, public speaking, bowling and motivating others to achieve their dreams.

Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No, but I definitely want to…

Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I’m a good person who has a great personality and an interesting life. I’m cute too ;)

Describe yourself in one sentence: A cute, smart and motivated guy who will change the world.


Year: Second

Major: Foreign Affairs

U.Va. involvement: Women’s Business Forum

Ideal date (person): Definitely taller than me, confident, funny and willing to try new things.

Ideal date (activity): A casual activity that allows me to really get to know the person. For example, playing video games (FIFA!!).

If you could date any celebrity it would be: Mila Kunis — she’s the exception.

Deal breakers: Smoking cigarettes

Describe a typical weekend: I like to sleep a lot. Aside from that, I try to get some work done, hang out with my friends and then go out.

Hobbies: Reading, playing video games (FIFA, GTA), shopping

Have you ever streaked the Lawn? No, but I have streaked a whole lot of other places.

Brag about yourself. What makes you a good catch? I’m different than most girls here. I love to cook, and I have to say I’m pretty good at it. I’m a good listener, but I also give people their space when they need it. I love sports and video games, but I’m also as girly as a girl can get.

Describe yourself in one sentence: If you’re sick of your crazy ex who gets emotional about everything, is clingy and won’t let you watch your games, then I’m your girl.

The Date: 6 p.m. at Lemongrass

Narmin: I filled out the survey because I was dared to do it, and it’s hard for me to resist dares. I also have a friend who did Love Connection, so I thought it couldn’t be too bad.

Joshua: I transferred here this year and wanted to meet new people, so I decided to apply. When I heard I had been selected, I’d just gotten off the plane from a trip to Singapore. I had seven text messages when I turned my phone back on — I found out someone was really upset with me, one of my friends had a baby and the Cavalier Daily had found me a match.

Narmin: When I told my roommate I was going on a date for Love Connection, she was pretty scared for me. To be honest, I was pretty scared myself. I usually hate dates, but I decided to give it a chance.

Joshua: I had never been on a blind date before, but I read all the previous Love Connection articles to get a feel for what was going to happen. I was most worried that I wouldn’t be able to actually find her at the Rotunda.

Narmin: We started out on opposite sides of the Rotunda, but after a couple minutes we found each other. My first impression was that he looked like a nice person. He was attractive, though maybe not the type I usually go for.

Joshua: I [first] approached a person who wasn’t her, which was a bit awkward. Once I got on the right side of the Rotunda, she was the only person standing there, so she was easy to find. She was pretty and seemed very intelligent.

Narmin: I suggested going to Lemongrass. He’d never been before so it seemed like a good choice.

Joshua: I don’t know how I’ve never been to Lemongrass before — it was so good. I loved that she opened up a new experience for me.

Narmin: In the beginning we talked about ourselves, but I tried not to overdo that part of the conversation. We talked about politics and religion, which is always risky, but luckily we were on the same page. In general, we [really] clicked. Conversation flowed smoothly and there were no awkward pauses.

Joshua: We talked about a lot of different things. Toward the middle of the conversation, we discovered we had a lot of things in common. We have similar video games tastes and both hate grape juice. I knew interesting facts about the country she’s from, which I think impressed her. I agreed with [almost] all of her arguments when it came to politics, except her view on economics.

Narmin: We definitely laughed a lot during the conversation. We shared funny and embarrassing stories about ourselves. I felt like I dominated the conversation a little toward the end, but that was mostly because I was telling a pretty long-winded story.

Joshua: Luckily, by the time we started talking politics, we already had some pretty off-the-wall moments. She had some crazy stories and the conversation just flowed. I would say we both provided reciprocal feedback.

Narmin: We went to Berry Berry after dinner and got some fro-yo. We hung out there until I had to go to [an] interview at 8:30. I wish we didn’t have the time constraint. I would have loved to talk longer.

Joshua: She’d never been to Berry Berry before we went. She introduced me to Lemongrass and I introduced her to Berry Berry, which was pretty cool.

Narmin: I felt like there was a friend vibe going on, but a little flirting as well.

Joshua: There was definitely some flirting going on. There was also a friendship element, but I think that the best relationships come from good friendships, so that wasn’t a bad thing. I didn’t friend-zone her, and I don’t think she friend-zoned me either.

Narmin: Overall, I had a really great experience. The date was awesome. I would rate it a 9.

Joshua: It was a good way to spend a Tuesday night. I’m a nerd and hoped I would be set up with a beautiful girl. Luckily for me, this was the case.

Update: There was talk of the two meeting up at Mellow later in the night.