Jake Moreno is a 22-year-old student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. Last week, he asked his philosophy of religion professor, Shannon Atkinson, to help him draft a text message for him to send to a girl he wanted to take out on a date.
Buzzfeed News received a statement from the professor in an email, who explained much of the exchange: “Jacob approached me after class wondering if the triangle and Aristotelian Rhetoric could be used to ask a woman on a date and I was intrigued, thus my help. Honestly, Jacob was the brains behind the whole thing; my part was only in helping him form the ‘wording’ of the text so he didn’t come off too strong. My only real input into this whole thing was having him really appeal to the pathos part of the triangle and be sensitive and cognizant of the ‘details’ of her life situation, as often in rhetoric of this type that is what is going to put him over the top, so to speak.”
yooo i have about 0 skills when it comes to texting girls so i legit asked my english professor to help me draft a text to a girl and we strAIGHT ETHOS, LOGOS, PATHOSED MY WAY INTO A DATE 😭😂🤑 pic.twitter.com/oHwIDGEheA
— jake (@squidslippers) October 25, 2017
That’s when Jake posted the exchange on his Twitter page, showing both the strategy he and his professor worked up along with how the text message exchange actually ended up going down. The girl he was working up the courage to ask out, Hannah, said yes to the date with no hesitation. Not only did she agree to the date, but they already went out, and from the look of things, the two both had a great time.
JUST GOT BACK FROM MY DATE LOOK HOW CUTE HANNAH IS I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE SHE SAID YES 😭😊
WE FINGER PAINTED THE SUNSET TOGETHER IT WAS SO AMAZING AND THE PAINTING WAS GOOD BUT THE REAL MASTERPIECE WAS NEXT TO ME THE WHOLE TIME 😍💖
ALSO WINSTON IS CHILL AF pic.twitter.com/3sr39jQCpo
— jake (@squidslippers) October 28, 2017
After his tweet about the initial questioning for the date went viral, people waited patiently to see what ended up happening–so the follow up about their actual date had Twitter feeling a lot of feelings. Everyone came to the consensus that Jacob must keep his Twitter updated with the details of their relationship and we’re all rooting for them to live happily ever after.
Yeah ok I’m emotionally invested now
— Michelle S. Pumpkins (@msteinnn) October 28, 2017
Hmu if it doesn’t work out but not in a creepy way ya feel like idk ily
— 🎃Diddy, Mel.👻 (@MelodyAnnDaddy) October 26, 2017
yoooo let’s talk about how amazing you drew that triangle without a ruler…
— Rü 👎 (@RUD0LPH0) October 26, 2017
Taking notes on this like pic.twitter.com/ZwOSHtEsmb
— Jessie™ (@leal_jessie) October 26, 2017
if you two don’t get married i’ll be upset
— spooky shanni 👻 (@SLWXVII) October 28, 2017
WOW I AM LIVING FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/9iZptKq2Ll
— lexy (@thelexypham) October 28, 2017
Can I come to the wedding?
— lulu (@trinibun) October 28, 2017
— ali Z (@originalAZee) October 26, 2017
— Gerald Landry (@LandryGerald) October 28, 2017