23 / Clinical research assistant
STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, SHE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
My guitar, a first-aid kit, a device with Skype
THE LAST BOOK SHE READ
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
24 / Nonprofit associate
WHEN HE IS HAPPIEST
When meeting up with friends while traveling
WHICH COMEDIAN’S SENSE OF HUMOR MOST MIRRORS HIS OWN?
8 P.M. RUSSELL HOUSE TAVERN, HARVARD SQUARE
HOPE I took a quick nap when I got home from work and then showered and let my sister (who is also my roommate) pick out my outfit.
MICHAEL I was slightly nervous, but excited to meet someone new.
HOPE I was excited to see who my match was and figure out why we’d been paired.
MICHAEL She was waiting at the entrance when I arrived, appeared to be around my age, and looked up when I came in, so I guessed she was my date.
HOPE Mike saw me waiting and approached to ask if I was there for Dinner With Cupid.
MICHAEL I thought she was cute and looked somewhat familiar.
HOPE Mike seemed very comfortable. He made small talk before the waitress took us to our table and we realized that we share many mutual friends.
HOPE The waitress had to come back three times before we even looked at the drink menu because we were so involved in our conversation.
MICHAEL We shared a lot of similar outlooks on life on big things, like careers and politics, or little things, like strongly preferring paper books to e-books.
HOPE We both love to read. Mike recommended a book that I went home and ordered (Mountains Beyond Mountains). He even offered to let me borrow his copy.
MICHAEL We [both] enjoy hiking, consider ourselves movie buffs, were both in Greek life in college, and have done volunteer work in South America. But most importantly, I liked that we shared a commitment to making an impact through our choice of career.
HOPE Mike seems like a kind and genuine person and he is extremely intelligent without being condescending, which is hard to find.
MICHAEL Her knowledge of and interest in politics and other passions made me realize that I would enjoy getting to know her more beyond just our surface interests in common.
HOPE I think maybe it wasn’t until I was driving home that I realized I had just spent nearly two hours talking to a complete stranger and it felt like no time had passed.
MICHAEL I’m not sure if there was any specific moment when “sparks shot,” but when she offered her number before I had a chance to ask her for her number, I knew the date had gone well.
> SECOND DATE?
MICHAEL We’ve already got one planned. I’m excited.
HOPE We are meeting for dinner.
— Compiled by Vanessa Fernandes
GO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB. Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.