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His Female Philosophy Prof Helped Him Approach The Girl Of His Dreams. See What She Told Him!



Would you turn to one of your college professors for romantic guidance?

If you say no, you might want to think twice. This Utah community college student thought his instructor might be a good source of help. The prof’s advice was interesting, to say the least. But did it work?

Class is now in session. Read on!


This Is Jake Moreno

Meet Jake Moreno. He’s 22 years old and currently enrolled at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. In October 2017, Jake asked his professor if she would help him write up a little message…


Philosophy Of Religion… And Love?

College BoundShannon Atkinson is Jake’s professor in a course studying the philosophy of religion, and she’s fantastically smart.

When Jake found himself wondering if he could craft the perfect text message to ask a girl out on a date, he decided to ask Atkinson if she would help.


When Romance And Academics Meet

Jacob approached me after class wondering if the triangle and Aristotelian Rhetoric could be used to ask a woman on a date,” Shannon wrote in an email to BuzzFeed. “I was intrigued,” she remembers.


Class Is In Session

“Honestly, Jacob was the brains behind the whole thing,” Atkinson explained. “My part was only in helping him form the wording of the text so he didn’t come off too strong.”


Zero Skills? Apparently Not

“I have about zero skills when it comes to texting girls,” Jake later tweeted. He met with his professor for just five minutes to chat about the endeavor.


Thanks To The Aristotelian Triangle

What’s at play here? Well, just centuries-old academic thought, really.

According to Greek philosopher Aristotle, the three components of rhetoric are ethos, logos, and pathos. Respectively, they appeal to credibility, logic, and emotion. Considering each while you form persuasive statements helps analyze and strengthen your speech.


Asking Her Out

Here’s what Jake texted his crush, Hannah:

“…if you ever could use a stress-free night after work or need some food to keep you alive while you’re moving into your apartment, I would love to take you to dinner.”


She Said Yes To The Date

“It would be fun and a great way for me to see your dog, which is low key why I’m doing this,” he continued.

“I did not think Hannah would say yes,” Jake later explained. She did, though! “How about Friday night?” she asked, and the rest is history.


No Games? Impressive.

Jake wasn’t playing any games, either. On their first date, he was totally up front about his hilariously quick research project. Hannah said that she “thought it was funny” and said that she was “super impressed” by his effort.

Time Will Tell

Jake said that “only time will tell” if they’ll go on a second date. Hannah said “I guess we’ll just have to see.” As for Professor Atkinson“Now,” she says, “perhaps ‘matchmaker’ will have to go on my résumé in the near future.” 

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