This week’s male Date Labber listed “sweet’’ and “caring” as the first two things that came to his mind when asked to describe his type. So, we found it appropriate to set him up with a girl who seemed sweet and caring—she’s spent her time teaching in rural and underdeveloped communities around the world, and wants to use her intelligence and interests in international affairs to make a difference.
We thought the fact that she was older and well-traveled would stimulate conversation with a guy who would choose The Amazing Race over any other reality show to be cast on because he thought “it’d be awesome to travel the world and I would totally win.”
But we knew that if these two were going to fall for one another and take whirlwind, romantic trips around the globe together, they would have to have a fun side. Since he said he loves dance parties, and she spends her weekends socializing with the theater community, Vox didn’t think that would be a problem. So, would their attraction travel as far as their overseas ambitions?
Anna Klis (SFS ’10) walked over to where Marc Sella (MSB ’12) was sitting after he had already gotten his tea and a bagel. She remembers getting the impression that he was “cute and really fun to talk to” as soon as they launched into conversation, covering the basics about themselves and what they were doing with their lives.
“We talked about the usuals—major, where are you from, why’d you fill out the survey. We talked a lot about what we were into at Georgetown and things we wanted to do in the future,” Anna said.
Once again, Date Lab itself proved to be a reliable conversation topic. “We liked the idea of date lab. We talked about … how we didn’t like the idea of drunken hookups and have friends who complain about how terrible they are and how awkward they are,” she said. They connected over their affinity for meeting future soul mates over coffee rather than Solo cups.
“She seemed nice, a very easygoing demeanor,” Marc recalled thinking. He thought she was “a little bit cute,” too, hinting at a potential for physical attraction.
But then the age difference between them reared its ugly head.
“He was talking about how he wanted to go abroad and that sort of thing and I’d never been abroad and was really more focused on last semester stuff,” Anna says she realized when Marc began to discuss his latest travel plans.
In the end, their desires to reach the far edges of the world pulled them apart more than it brought them together. “It was nice to talk to him…and just to know that there are other people into similar things,” Anna told Vox. However, when asked whether they had plans to see each other, she responded, “I don’t really know if we would actually hang out.”
When asked the same question, Marc’s answer was in line with Anna’s. “I wouldn’t mind it, but it wasn’t like there was this really great connection and I felt that I’d pursue it again.”
Perhaps introducing two cute young adults with similar interests just isn’t enough to start a romance anymore.
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Thanks to Uncommon Grounds for providing the free food and drinks.