Blind Date: A wrong match

Name: William Ross

Year: Senior

Age: 22

Hometown: Katonah, N.Y.

Major: Classical humanities

Name: Michael Ross

Year: Sophomore

Age: 19

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Major: Political science

What is your ideal first date?

WILLIAM: I don’t have a long, romantic idea of what a good first date would be. I think maybe dinner at a bar.

MICHAEL: I would say one that contains a strong connection and that results in a deep intimate conversation where we really click – one that extends past dinner. I don’t mean sex, I mean walking around, chatting and really getting to know each other.

What do you look for in a person?

WILLIAM: Someone fun, outgoing and who has similar interests as me. Physical attractiveness is important. I also want someone you can really hang out with – I think that is the most important thing.

MICHAEL: I think a good sense of humor is the most important. I like someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously, someone who is well read, respectful and polite. I’d like someone who really uses his “please” and “thank yous.”

What are your own interests?

WILLIAM: I can’t really think of any.

MICHAEL: I love exploring. I’m from California so I’m really enjoying exploring D.C. and the East Coast. I like exploring restaurants, cafés and museums. I love traveling, hanging out with my friends, reading and writing. I definitely love meeting new people.

Will says…

I’ve never been on a blind date before. I just did this one for the hell of it, and the fact that the meal was free sweetened the deal a little bit. I really didn’t expect anything to come out of it, just have some food and chat.

The date was pretty meh. It was mostly small talk: where we’d traveled, what brought us to GW and what we liked about the city. The food was good, but we didn’t have much in common.

I’d give the date a B. We had a nice dinner but I wouldn’t go on another date.

Michael says

I’ve never been on a blind date before and this one did not go well. We had no similar interests and I don’t think we were on the same wavelength. He was cute but that was his best attribute.

I found him to be narcissistic and I had trouble getting past that. We also had very contrasting senses of humor. I felt he took himself too seriously.

During the date, he spilled on me and didn’t apologize. All he said was “those are some pretty shoddy glasses.” This really perturbed me.

I’d give the date a C-. He and I did not have a connection. I’m sure he was not too enthusiastic about me either. There was definitely a lack of chemistry at the table.

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