This Professor Helped A Student Write A Text Message Asking A Girl Out, And It Worked

"We straight ethos, logos, pathosed my way into a date."

Going to your college professor with questions about lecture or an upcoming exam is par for the course, but not many students approach their teachers for dating advice. However, after one guy's success, that may change. 

Jake Moreno, a 22-year-old student at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, has always had some difficulty wooing members of the opposite sex, so he decided to enlist some help from his philosophy of religion professor, Shannon Atkinson.

Moreno, who tells BuzzFeed News he approached Atkinson because he's a "very funny, very charming guy," put together a triangle and Aristotelian Rhetoric that revolved around asking a girl named Hannah out on a date. As you can see from the photo Moreno tweeted below, his game plan was pretty solid, but he still wanted some sage advice from Atkinson.


Luckily for Moreno, professor Atkinson was "intrigued" and agreed to help. "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," the educator explained in an email to BuzzFeed, adding he spent about five minutes working on this with Moreno. "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."

For Moreno, that meant offering a relief from stress relating to an upcoming move and mentioning Hannah's beloved dog, Winston.

With Aristotle and Atkinson's approval, Moreno texted Hannah asking for a date and was surprised when she said yes. "We straight ethos, logos, pathosed my way into a date," he wrote on Twitter of the joint effort.

A subsequent twitter update from Moreno revealed the two went on a date last Friday and spent time together finger painting the sunset and hanging with Winston. In fact, Moreno even told BuzzFeed he came clean to Hannah about the help he got in crafting that first text.

"Honestly, I kind of thought it was funny," Hannah told the outlet, adding she was "super impressed" by Moreno's effort because most guys don't try nearly as hard.

Though it's unclear if a second date is in the cards for these two, Moreno's saga is yet another example of how college professors are people too, and, like the accounting teacher who met with his students in the library late one night before an exam, will occasionally go the extra mile to help their students in any way they can.


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