Jessica and Corey

I met the man of my dreams the first day of my last semester of college at Sonoma State University in our Senior Seminar class. Little did I know that this man, Corey Nathan Neal, would change my life forever. Somehow we both managed to choose the exact same three classes in a row, pure serendipity. Every single class we always sat in polar opposites of the rooms until one day in the library he decided to sit next to me and the rest was history. We soon realized that our paths crossed multiple times and we didn’t even bat an eyelash at one another. Corey was the Student Assistant to the Sports Information Director and would stand directly in front of me while I performed on the dance team. Corey was also friends with several of my sorority sisters and we still never met in those previous three years. I honestly believe that it was fate that finally brought us together in those last few months of college after we both got out of serious relationships.

Both hesitant to start anything serious because we were both ready to end this chapter of our lives to take on new adventures, Corey and I were just living in the moment. I never truly knew I cared so much for him until I nervously asked him to my last sorority formal during the intermission of my last dance show in front of the whole audience. I stood there vulnerable and shaking under these bright lights as I held up this sign that read ‘AXID Formal?’. Trying to catch my breath, I round up the courage and nervously said the words I had been rehearsing in my head throughout the show, “Corey Neal, I am sorry that I laugh like a seal. I’m also sorry that I’m asking you late, but will you be my formal date?” He agreed after what I thought was the longest round of applause and I could not help but feel so giddy.

The date of formal comes and we are having the time of our lives in San Francisco. We decide to go into the photo booth to capture a memory from that night and as the machine is counting down from three Corey leans in and kisses me for the very first time. I could feel the butterflies bounce off the walls of my stomach and that was the moment I started to fall in love with this man. Our first date is near and dear to my heart because it was the day before our graduation and it started a tradition for us that will last for years.