Mike (“M”) said:
Tonight was my first ever blind date, so needless to say, I was definitely a bit nervous. Not to mention my good pair of pants was still in the dryer, so the night started out a bit stressful. However when I finally picked up my date, everything greatly improved. Julie is a lovely girl both visually and personality-wise. I was not uncomfortable once while on my date with her. She was extremely friendly and very easy to carry on a conversation with. I just hope I didn’t talk too much. Believe it or not, that is the only dating advice my father has ever given me. ”Don’t talk too much. Ask her questions.” Anyways, within a few minutes I realized that we had a lot in common. We both greatly enjoy the outdoors, working out, going on adventures, traveling, and a lot more. It was crazy how much we had in common. Honestly I have so many more questions for her. I really want to know more about her various trips to South America, Africa, and New Zealand. Now that I think about it, I can’t believe I didn’t ask her what kind of music she likes. Hopefully I’ll have another opportunity to do so.
For our actual date we just did something simple, and went out to eat at the nice Thai place in Port Warwick. It was pretty funny; we have the same favorite Thai dish, so we order the same thing. It was a very nice date though with very relaxed mood. Nothing seemed pushed or stressful. I thought everything flowed really nicely. We sat there for about an hour and a half talking, about, well, everything. She has some really awesome aspirations, and I was really surprised about how much she has already done with her life. I don’t know many, if any CNU students who have traveled and had some of the adventures that Julie has. I for one was very jealous of her adventures. She definitely has her life together, and seems like the type of person who puts forth a lot of effort to achieve her dreams/goals. I have only known her for about two hours and I already have a lot of respect for her. I mean I could write here about how awesome Julie is, but I think it would be better if you found out for yourself. If anyone reading this has an opportunity to just chat with Julie Woon, trust me, it will be worth the time. She is a very sweet girl, with a lot of really interesting things to talk about. I had bawlin’ blind date, and I would definitely like to go on another one with Julie and get to know her better and hopefully hear some more about her awesome adventures!
Honestly, the reason that I entered the contest was because my roommate wanted me to do it. I did not expect to win the date. So, when I got the email saying that I had won, I was not quite sure of what to expect. I have never been on a blind date before, but it was on my college bucket list so I decided to go. It went really well. He picked me up from my dorm and opened the car door for me, which was really sweet. Then, we went out to eat at a Thai restaurant nearby. The food was good and the atmosphere was relaxed. It was not crowded and loud, so we did not have to yell to speak to each other. I had a lot of fun and we had plenty of things to talk about. There were no awkward silences or uncomfortable small talk. Our initial conversation was the basic “get to know you” stuff. But as we continued talking, I found that we had a lot in common.
We are both really into the gym. I was surprised that we had not run into each other before considering how much time we spend there. He is adventurous and outdoorsy which is cool. It can be hard to find people who like that kind of thing, so it was nice meeting someone else who appreciates it. He told me about how he likes to surf and I told him that I have a SUP (stand up paddle board). And, we both like hiking. We have a mutual interest in travel. So we swapped stories about the different places we have been and the funny experiences that come with visiting different countries. At some point in the conversation, the waitress came and we ordered our food. Coincidentally, we order the same thing to eat which I thought was pretty funny.
We talked about being clean freaks, our friends, and our college experiences. He mentioned wanting to trying new things during our last semester in school. I admired his willingness to just get out there and do something different. Then we asked about each other’s plans following graduation and what our dream jobs would be. He told me about how he wants to work in a government job where he gets to be overseas. And I mentioned how I have considered being a foreign correspondent. He seems to be really motivated about what he wants to do. I liked how passionate he was about the things that he enjoys doing. Seeing how excited he was about them, made me excited for them too.
Eventually, we finished eating then headed back to campus. Unfortunately, I had a huge paper to finish for the next day that I had to get back to. But overall, I think that the date went pretty well. I had a fun time and Mike is a really nice guy. He left a good first impression. I was glad that things seemed to flow smoothly and everything was really laid back. I would definitely hangout with him again.