Jacob and Erica

Do opposites attract?



Year: Second

Major: Human Biology

U.Va. Involvement: Chi Alpha, Madison House Pet Pals, Biology Peer Teacher, Sigma Alpha Omega Christian social sorority

Hometown: Manassas, VA

Ideal date personality: Any guy who can make me laugh. Easygoing, kind, definitely goal-oriented.

Ideal date activity: Seeing a show, like a concert or comedy show. Maybe get dinner beforehand. Then afterwards, maybe walk around and talk.

Dealbreakers?: Halitosis, smoking, crude humor.

Hobbies: Baking, watching the hockey games, playing with dogs, Skyping my dachshunds, eating vanilla (not plain) yogurt, taking walks, drinking coffee (it is the nectar of the gods).

What makes you a good catch?: I am the real-life embodiment of Snow White, and I would bake your brains out.

What makes you a less-than-perfect catch?: I’m very school-oriented. My voice has a higher pitch than I would prefer.

What is your spirit animal?: Salmon, ‘cause they swim upstream and are, you know, determined.

What is your favorite pick-up line?: I was reading the Book of Numbers last night and I realized I didn’t have yours.

Describe yourself in one sentence: I promise I’m smart.

Jacob and Erica met on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and went to Lemongrass on the Corner.

Jacob: I signed up for Love Connection because I figured it would be something I might try because I’m trying to get back into the dating game.

Erica: Well about three months ago my friend Jane kind of signed me up as a joke because she works for The Cavalier Daily. At the time, three of my closest friends had gotten Tinder and told me to get one, but I didn’t really want one, so my friend offered to write [an application] for me, and I said sure.

Jacob: When I found out I was chosen, I was excited in a way. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew that something might come out of it even if it’s just a new friend of sorts. I haven’t been on a blind date before, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I kept an open mind about it and figured anything could come out of it.

Erica: I was kind of shocked when I was chosen because I completely forgot about it. I wasn’t really expecting it. I’ve never been on a blind date before so I didn’t really have any expectations. I assumed it would be a friendly dinner and nothing more. One of my friends had gone on one earlier this year, and he said he’s still friends with the person he went on a date with.

Jacob: I walked over and sat on a bench by the Rotunda and waited for a few minutes — I was the only one there at the benches at the time. I thought that she was cute and she seemed really nice.

Erica: I walked up and saw a guy sitting on a bench, and I assumed it was him. I thought that anyone sitting on a bench in this weather was crazy. I asked if he was Jacob and he said yes! He looked nice, and I knew that I had never seen him before. He then asked if I wanted to go eat dinner, and I said sure. We picked Lemongrass because he had never been there before and was open to trying it.

Jacob: The conversation was pretty balanced for the most part. There were a few awkward places where we were at a loss for something to talk about. We asked about each other’s lives, majors, clubs and activities. There really wasn’t a whole lot that we had in common though.

Erica: I think it was a pretty balanced conversation. There were a few silences because we were eating. It wasn’t too awkward — we just didn’t have anything too much in common. I’m a human biology major and in Chi Alpha while he does fencing and is in mechanical engineering, and I have no involvement with those.

Jacob: It was definitely more of a friend vibe. There wasn’t a whole lot going on there in terms of flirting.

Erica: I definitely think friend vibe. He was really nice, and we had pretty good conversation. I didn’t really feel a spark I guess.

Jacob: After we had been at Lemongrass for about an hour and a half we finally decided to head home. I would be fine with talking to her again sometime. I think it’s kind of unlikely though because we seem to have so little in common.

Erica: We split the bill and started walking in the same general direction down the corner. We started approaching the Rotunda and got to the Chapel. We were heading different ways and split up from there. I can see us meeting up for a cup of coffee in the future as friends.

Jacob: [The date was] probably a 6.

Erica: I would say [it was a] 7. It was a pretty good overall date, just like pretty friendly. No romantic connection really on my end.

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