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We met in college at the University of Chicago (Daniel's first year, my second year). UChicago has a housing system similar to Hogwarts - you are assigned to a "house," which is a group of people with whom you live, eat, and get to know the best. Daniel and I were both assigned to be in "Filbey House" and actually lived across the hall from each other, so in a way, it was inevitable that we would meet. However, trying to get a date with me proved to be a bit more of a challenge for Daniel.

The first time Dan asked me out was in early February 2009. I was doing my biology homework when I heard a knock on the door of my room. This was quite unusual, since I didn't have many unannounced visitors. When I opened the door, I was pleasantly surprised to see Dan. I said, "Hey, what's up?" His response was a nervous "Hey, do you want to go out with me on Saturday?" Now, Saturday was Valentine's day, and I had already made plans, so I had to decline, but I did mention how some other time I would love to go out. Daniel did not get the hint that he should suggest another time, and just said "oh, okay" and left. To this day he claims he did not realize that he was in fact asking me out for Valentine's day. Luckily, he did ask me out again - very much in a similar manner, this time a whole week in advance. Not so luckily, I had just made plans with a girlfriend not 20 minutes before. But Dan did not give up - and perseverance paid off. When he asked me out nearly 10 days in advance, I was finally able to say "yes." We made plans to go out to dinner and then see a movie for Saturday, February 28th. 

University of Chicago is on a quarter system, so our official first date was only a two or three weeks before we went away for Spring break. We had not become an official item yet before we parted (we hadn't had "the talk") but we were serious about each other from the start. We talked every day, and when we got back to campus, one of the first things Daniel asked me was, "So, uh, are we like, in a relationship?" and before I could answer, he followed it up with, "Because people have been asking me and I didn't know what to say." I was curious as to what he did say, so I asked him what he had answered. His response? "I said we are" - and I was happy to agree.