Professors go into academia to bestow knowledge unto students. And, if that knowledge occasionally veers away from the syllabus and into the relationship advice realm, so be it.
Jacob Moreno is a 22-year-old at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, and he recently found himself in a bit of a personal conundrum: he didn’t know how to ask his crush out on a date. Instead of scouring the internet for advice, Moreno took the academic (and rather unexpected) route and asked his philosophy of religion professor, Shannon Atkinson, for some advice.
“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,” Atkinson told BuzzFeed. So, Shannon guided Jacob through the ways in which he could utilize Ethos, Logos, and Pathos when asking out Hannah, the object of his affections.
“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,” Atkinson says.
When Jacob messaged Hannah, he made sure to capitalize on Shannon’s helpful advice — and Hannah said yes!
Jacob was so impressed by the success of using Aristotelian Rhetoric to ask someone on a date that he posted the exchange to Twitter.
Not surprisingly, people took notes on this ingenious idea.
Some people even took the opportunity to ask Jake out (although they seemingly ignored his tried and true method).
Some Twitter users felt the need to remind him that this whole process really shouldn’t be so difficult.
Other people were just impressed that Jacob’s professor was actually helpful and responsive.
Also, Jacob received major snaps for his excellent drawing skills.
Not one to leave Twitter in suspense, Jacob later posted an update on how his date with Hannah went. Suffice it to say: they’re extremely cute together, and Winston the dog is a precious delight.
As for whether or not there will be another date? Hannah tells BuzzFeed that only time will tell.
“I felt like it went well. I guess we’ll just have to see.”
Here’s hoping that these two figure things out soon, because we are now all a part of this blossoming romance, and we deserve ANSWERS, damn it!