A 28-year-old junior at Columbia University found himself at a loss for a date as his fraternity’s holiday formal closely approached.
Earlier this month, Ned (who decided to keep his last name a secret for future professional opportunities) realized his formal was nearing and he didn’t have a date. But as a former Army Ranger, he didn’t want to take the conventional approach to finding a date, according to the New York Post.
“I wasn’t talking to any girls and I’ve been studying all semester trying to make grades. I feel like Tinder is based so much on pictures, and you’re not given a fair shot. … I don’t think it was good for my self-esteem,” he said.
So he did it the old-fashioned way. He posted a bunch of fliers around downtown Manhattan, where most modeling agencies, exclusive workout facilities, and expensive salons are located.
“Columbia bachelor seeking date for formal on the evening of December 12,” he posted. Ned boasted that he’s “PTSD free” and “strong enough to uninstall your window unit,” but “incapable of adulting.”
And shortly thereafter, an aspiring model’s friend sent her the ad.
Anna Besedina, a 25-year-old New Jersey native, was immediately interested. “I just thought it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen. Who would do something this ridiculous? I had to find out more about him,” she said.
So they met at a bar just to make sure they were compatible. “I thought, ‘Oh, s–t, she’s attractive’ — [but] sort of out of my league, which is the story of my life,” he said.
The two said formal went well and they were equally impressed with each other. “He has a good sense of humor and he’s just so easy to talk to,” Besedina said. She also disclosed that there’s a chance they’ll meet up again.
This is probably one of the cooler things to come out of Columbia University. Shooters shoot. And sometimes they hit the bullseye.