Walker and Erin met in front of Poe’s room at 6 p.m. April 19 and then went out to dinner at Fig Bistro.
Erin: My friend and I just found out about Love Connection one night, and we signed up because we thought it would be funny.
Walker: I didn’t actually sign up for Love Connection. My friends did it for me. When I found out I was chosen, I started asking everyone on my hall who signed me up.
Erin: I guess I was kind of surprised because I know some people who have signed up and didn’t get a date, so I didn’t think I would either.
Walker: I had not been on a blind date before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be a little awkward just because we didn’t know each other before.
Erin: I thought it would be really awkward because I’m not very good at meeting new people, especially in a situation like that.
Walker: I asked her where she wanted to go, and she wasn’t sure, so I asked if she wanted to head towards the Corner. We decided to try a restaurant neither one of us had eaten at, so we picked Fig.
Erin: The food was really good, and he paid, too, which was clutch. He seemed really nice.
Walker: She was really nice, kind of quiet. The conversation was pretty balanced, but there was a lot of silence too.
Erin: I guess the conversation was pretty balanced. It was a little bit awkward. There were a few breaks in the conversation. It was just kind of hard to find things to talk about, but it was balanced. It’s just a weird situation to be put in. But we asked a lot of “get to know you” questions. We talked about the basics: family, friends and what we are involved in here.
Walker: We found out that we both like hiking and live in Old Dorms. We both also play IM sports here.
Erin: We both live in Old Dorms! We also both played soccer in high school. I’m friends on Facebook with a girl he knows. I don’t know if that really counts as having something in common, but I did know who she was!
Walker: It was more friendly than flirting.
Erin: It was definitely more of a friend vibe. I would definitely say hello if I saw him. We could definitely be friends in the future, I just don’t see us dating.
Walker: I could see us hanging out as friends.
Erin: We both live in Old Dorms, so we walked back together. We got to my dorm, and he asked for my number, and that’s how the date ended.
Walker: I would give the date an 8!
Erin: I would give it a 7! It was a fun and interesting experience. Definitely glad I did it!