Gus and Danya

Bringing lovebirds together, one bagel at a time



Year: First

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

U.Va. involvement: Madison House

Ideal date personality: A person who can hold a conversation.

Ideal date activity: I just want to sit and talk as long as the person is putting in the effort to want to get to know me.

Describe a typical weekend: I'll sit in my dorm and do homework. I also like to walk around.

Hobbies: I like to read, watch TV and play sports.

What makes you a good catch? Good question, I don't know.

What makes you a less-than-perfect catch? I'm not as consistent as I should be.

What's your favorite pick-up line? I don't have one.

Describe yourself in one sentence: Angst over my angst.

Gus and Danya met on Friday at 7 p.m., went to Bodo’s and walked to the Downtown Mall.

Danya: I signed up for Love Connection to go on a date and sabotage it to make a great article. It turned out that we both had the same goal, but we decided that it was stupid and chose to be nice.

Gus: I've never been on a blind date before so I didn't really have any expectations. I was nervous when I realized what I had gotten myself into.

Danya: I expected a tall, McIntire fourth-year frat guy. All I knew about blind dates were from MTV shows so I thought this might be a disaster. But I was excited and so pumped.

Gus: When I got to the Rotunda she wasn't there. I thought I was being stood up, but she got there two minutes later.

Danya: It turned out that we were on the same bus. When I got to the Rotunda my first thought was, "Wow, they really set me up with the right guy." He went in for the hug and I thought he was a gentleman. He was not what I expected at all.

Gus: She was very different from what I expected. I realized that we live around the same area and I've seen her before and thought she was cute. At first she was snarky [because] she had originally planned to make the date really hard for the guy. My friends told me to do the same but that sounded awful, and I didn't want to do that. So that was a scary proposition, but we talked about it.

Danya: When I first saw him I thought that this is the kind of guy I would go steam tunneling with, get arrested with and be happy about it. He just had that vibe. He's a cool guy.

Gus: We went to Bodo’s because we couldn't make up our minds. Then we just walked around after.

Danya: I remember thinking, "Please God, I don't want to go to Bodo’s." He suggested we go to Bodo’s, but it actually worked out pretty well!

Gus: The conversation was pretty balanced. I didn't think it was awkward. There were definitely moments where it was silent, but I thought it was fine.

Danya: The date was very natural, and I felt comfortable. We really wanted to get to know each other and not just ask basic questions. We talked about how crazy we are, and it was not superficial at all. We got along so well that it was almost like he was a perfect personality match.

Gus: I think we both wanted to talk to someone equally as much. We immediately opened up to each other, and our characteristics were similar.

Danya: We both chase experiences that fulfill us, whether with nostalgic feelings or meaning. We talked about how pointless it is to not be authentic.

Gus: [In the end] I thought it was just a friend vibe.

Danya: There wasn’t that much flirting. There was a lot of witty banter, and a lot of staring. He had an impeccable jawline.

Gus: I liked her a lot. If I had met her at any other time, I would've been really charmed and would've liked to go out again. She's very cute, smart and nice. But because of certain circumstances, I unfortunately can't.

Danya: I don’t know if there was a romantic connection. I would love it if there was. I would definitely want him to be one of my very close friends.

Gus: I paid for dinner, and I walked her back.

Danya: After Bodo’s, we walked downtown and looked at kids ice-skating, and it was really cute. We made fun of high school couples who looked like they didn't know what they were doing on their date, but I was like, "Wait, that's us right now."

Gus: I would rate the date 7.

Danya: I would rate it 9 and three-quarters (had to throw in the “Harry Potter” reference). Going in, I did not expect the date to be higher than a 5, but he blew my expectations away by being so authentic. He's making me a mix tape.

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