Valentine’s Day is coming up and l’amour est dans l’air. Scene Editor Rieko Whitfield spent some time taking photos and interviewing a few of USF’s most adorable couples. Whether you’re single or taken, these love stories of high school crushes and overseas romance are sure to warm your heart.
EMILY TURNER & LAURA WALDRON
Junior Laura Waldron and sophomore Emily Turner have been together for 4 months. They met at USF last year. They enjoy going out on dates to vegan restaurants and different bars around the city.
What was your very first impression of Emily?
My first impression of Emily was that she was super shy and super sexy.
What are your favorite characteristics about Emily?
She is so so smart and incredibly thoughtful. Once you get to know her, she is the silliest person.
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What is the most important lesson you have you learned from this relationship?
That gender is the least important and most irrelevant thing ever in a relationship.
What characteristics do you love most about Laura?
She’s so intelligent. And caring and passionate and adorable and hilarious.
One word to desribe Laura:
ISABELLA MINOLI & ANTHONY RISUCCI
Sophomores Isabella Minoli and Anthony Risucci have been together for 3 years. They attended middle school together and eventually became friends. Anthony and Isabella started dating their junior year of high school.
What was your first impression of Anthony?
I know Ant says it was love at first sight for him but on my end? Yeah, not so much… He just wasn’t my type at the time… Not once did he ever stop liking me though and eventually he won me over.
Anthony is definitely “the nice guy”… It’s cheesy, but I love it.
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What have you learned in the past 3 years from this relationship?
I have found that “love” isn’t about being “meant for each other”, or “finding the one”, or any of that stuff Hollywood pushes. If you care about someone and want to make it work with them then you do everything for that person.
One word to describe Isabella:
RANIER CARDIN & NICOLA MCLAUGHLIN
Junior Rainier Cardin and Senior Nicola McLaughlin have been together for 4 years. They got together in high school when they both attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Prepatory. They currently live together in San Francisco.
What is your favorite quality about Nicola?
She is one of the few people who can put a smile on my face. I couldn’t ask for anyone to be more supportive about everything I do… Nicola came to every single one of my football games. Not everyone will drive more than three hours to come to all my games.
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What is your favorite quality about Rainier?
My favorite quality about him is probably his ability to be so mature and carry intelligent conversations with anyone he meets. I also admire his leadership abilities.
Where did you meet Rainier?
At high school prep rally the summer before my senior year .
One word to describe Rainier?