Emily Myers, second-year environmental engineering
Marcel Laforge, second-year economics
How long have you two been together?
Marcel Laforge: Five months yesterday, but to break it down, 151 days — give or take.
How did you two meet?
Emily Myers: It’s a really funny story, actually. The first time we matched on Tinder was like a year before we matched for the second [successful] time. The first time he asked me out, I straight up said no.
ML: [laughs] On Tinder, whenever you ask someone out, they’ll either say, “Yeah, sure, let’s hang out,” not that I’ve ever asked anyone out besides Emily, or they would basically just not answer you. The funny thing about her is she just said no — I was like “fuck.” But then, when I got Tinder back about six months after having deleted it, she was the first girl I matched with.
ML: [blushes] I was like, “Hey, it’s dolphin girl,” because her profile picture at one point had been her and a dolphin, and I still remembered it. I was like, “Hmm, yeah, this is dolphin girl — [she seems] goofy and cool.”
EM: On a whim — it was just, like, a Wednesday — I was just like, “Hey, want to hang out now?” and he said, “Sure.”
When did you feel like your partner was a person that you really wanted to be with?
ML: I definitely knew during our first date that I got along with her super well — I remember driving home and being like, “This is something that is going to be special.”
What is the best thing about your partner?
EM: He always knows how to make me smile, and [how to] make me feel really good about myself — no matter what kind of mood I’m in.
What would you tell your younger self about love?
ML: I would tell my younger self, “Hey, relax — not only are you going to find someone who’s very caring and lovely, like Emily is, but you’re also going to find someone who makes you feel like you can be yourself around them. You’re also going to find someone who’s super hot, too.” [laughs]
I always tell Emily that I never thought I would date anyone as beautiful as her — good things come to those who wait, I guess.
Photo and interview: Victoria Becker / Outreach Director