Singles of Yale unite for the best and blindest dates of their lives! Twenty daring individuals answered some probing questions:
1. What’s your biggest Valentine’s Day regret?
2. What’s your least favorite quote?
3. What was the first CD you bought?
4. What’s your ideal first date drink?
Now WKND asks you, dear readers, to vote for your favorite candidates. The winning pair gets dinner on WKND’s dime and will undoubtedly fall madly in love. Vote on straight singles this week, and keep an eye out for queer couples next Friday! Scroll down to cast your ballot.
Bachelorette No. 1
Valentine’s Day Regret: I regret not confessing my true, undying love to my five-year-old crush on Valentine’s Day 2003 by handing him a bouquet of hand-drawn red roses in the sandbox at recess.
Least Favorite Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss; I read a lot for a really long time and I know less than I did as a high school freshman.
First CD: the “Lizzie McGuire” soundtrack
Ideal Date Drink: Tomato Juice (coulda had a V8!)
Bachelorette No. 2
Valentine’s Day Regret: The Valentine’s Day I regret the most was in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, but not 2016.
Least Favorite Quote: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
First CD: “Astro Lounge” by Smash Mouth
Ideal Date Drink: The fifth shot of Dubra
Bachelorette No. 3
Valentine’s Day Regret: Every Valentine’s day that I forget to buy discounted chocolate the day after
Least Favorite Quote: “Pain is temporary, GPA is forever.”
First CD: “Baby Beluga” by Raffi
Ideal Date Drink: the blood of Harvard students
Bachelorette No. 4
Valentine’s Day Regret: Forgetting to spit out my bubblemint chewing gum.
Least Favorite Quote: “You’re crazy.”
FIrst CD: “Backstreet’s Back” by the Backstreet Boys
Ideal Date Drink: Harvest Mule with Sparkling Water on the side.
Bachelorette No. 5
Valentine’s Day Regret: Not having an ex whose photo I can shred at Hooters to earn 10 free wings on Valentine’s Day.
Least Favorite Quote: “My family’s from Cuba, but I’m an American Idol.” -Pitbull
First CD: “Oh Aaron” by Aaron Carter
Ideal Date Drink: chalice of Olive Garden salad dressing
Bachelorette No. 6
Valentine’s Day Regret: Silliman speed dating
Least Favorite Quote: “What’s Your Story?”
First CD: “Sk8r Boi” by Avril Lavigne
Ideal Date Drink: something ginger-y
Bachelorette No. 7
Valentine’s Day Regret: often regret being born
Least Favorite Quote: “Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, we’ve received a record number of applications this year…” etc
First CD: “Fallen” by Evanescence
Ideal Date Drink: if we’re on a plane, one of those tiny plastic bottles of wine
Bachelorette No. 8
Valentine’s Day Regret: All the money I spent on candy for my elementary school classmates that I could now be using
Least Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – every annoying person ever
First CD: “Encore” by Eminem (at like 5 years old… I’m the youngest sibling)
Ideal Date Drink: Anything that isn’t hard alcohol
Bachelorette No. 9
Valentine’s Day Regret: The love of my seventh-grade-life professed his profound feelings for me through a special HSM valentine (much romance. wow.) that he said made him think of me — it featured Sharpay, should I be worried?? — right before moving away. I never got a chance to make a move.
Least Favorite Quote: “Where would we be as a culture if no-one was prepared to risk coming across as pretentious? Absolument nowhere, darling — that’s where.” – Jarvis Cocker (horrific or fabulous? unsure)
First CD: This mixed disc my older sister burned for me with some Bowie, the Monkees, the Beatles, etc.
Ideal Date Drink: Coffee! or scotch… both? What’s that, like, Irish coffee?
Bachelorette No. 10
Valentine’s Day Regret: one time I hung out with a boy instead of hanging out with my friend whose birthday is on Valentine’s Day.
Least Favorite Quote: “No hymen, no diamond.”
First CD: “Metamorphosis” by Hillary Duff
Ideal Date Drink: uncertain
Bachelor No. 1
Valentine’s Day Regret: As an only child with a divorced mom, never having gotten her flowers or a card.
Least Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
First CD: “Metamorphosis” by Hilary Duff
Ideal Date Drink: Cherry Coke from a soda fountain
Bachelor No. 2
Valentine’s Day Regret: Forgetting to specify on the card which Madeline my secret admirer rose was to be sent to one Valentine’s Day in high school.
Least Favorite Quote: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no. Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no.” -How You Remind Me, Nickelback
First CD: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Ideal Date Drink: Honestly, whatever beverage my date wants. It’s her drink, right?
Bachelor No. 3
Valentine’s Day Regret: 1st grade. I got the generic “You are apple-solutely awesome!” Valentine’s Day cards for the class instead of the dope Pokemon ones. Ms. Reinart thought it was adorable, my buddies were not impressed.
Least Favorite Quote: “I’ll never let go, Jack.” – Titanic
First CD: “The Massacre” by 50 Cent
Ideal First Date Drink: Modelo with lime
Bachelor No. 4
Valentine’s Day Regret: Every Valentine’s Day is a black blank in my head
Least Favorite Quote: “Oh, and Sarah, when you get a chance, could you ask mommy and daddy to look for my orange sailboat watch?”
First CD: “Baby Beluga” by Raffi
Ideal First Date Drink: I refuse to discriminate based on beverage choice
Bachelor No. 5
Valentine’s Day Regret: “I’m not doing this”
Least Favorite Quote: “Come back to bed”
First CD: I don’t like music.
Ideal First Date Drink: Seawater
Bachelor No. 6
Valentine’s Day Regret: “The Incident”
Least Favorite Quote: “That’s problematic”
First CD: “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath
Ideal First Date Drink: Dark and stormy
Bachelor No. 7
Valentine’s Day Regret: not saying goodbye to my grandmother before she passed away
Least Favorite Quote: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best.”
First CD: mixtape from my babysitter featuring “Who Let the Dogs Out,” “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” “Sk8r Boi” and other early 2000’s hits.
Ideal First Date Drink: Moscow mule
Bachelor No. 8
Valentine’s Day Regret: In high school I wrote a love letter to a girl I liked. The next day she handed it back and told me she couldn’t read it because it was in cursive. There are layers of regret on this one.
Least Favorite Quote: “I could care less.”
First CD: “The White Album” by The Beatles
Ideal First Date Drink: Green tea for two
Bachelor No. 9
Valentine’s Day Regret: Being in relationships for the past 4 valentines days, draining me emotionally and financially
Least Favorite Quote: “Very few of us are what we seem.” -Agatha Christie. I don’t dislike it because its not true, I dislike it because it makes me realize how bad of a person I am when I’m pretending to care about things I don’t care about.
First CD: “American Idiot” by Green Day
Ideal First Date Drink: Definitely chocolate milk
Bachelor No. 10
Valentine’s Day Regret: no regrets
Least Favorite Quote: “The truth is like poetry, nobody fucking likes poetry.”
First CD: The soundtrack to the musical “Evita”
Ideal First Date Drink: Zzzyquil over Whiskey