Gianna and Jason
How We Met
I was starting my sophomore year of college at High Point University, and Jason was starting his junior year. Most of my best friends were a part of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, so my first night back, I went over to the house to spend some time with them. We hung out, watched football, and caught up on everyone’s summers. After being there for about an hour, a guy walked in who I had never met before. I leaned over to my friend Paul and asked who this guy was. Paul told me his name was Jason, he was a year older than us, and he was super cool. When it was evident I was interested, Paul nudged me and asked if I wanted him to introduce me to Jason. I said, “yes, but play it cool”. Paul called Jason over and introduced us, and that was that. The end of the night rolled around, I said goodbye, and went home. A few days later, I was back at the Pi Kapp house with Paul and Jason showed up again. He waved hi, and Paul called him over. We started talking and before we knew it, it was almost 11 pm. I had an early morning the next morning, so I said goodbye to Jason, but before I could leave, he asked for my number. I was thrilled! We saw each other a few times over the next few days, but I never got a text from Jason. Figuring he just wasn’t interested, I had told myself to just move on and focus on the year ahead. The next morning, I got a text from Jason saying hi. We went on our first date a week later, and a little over a month later, Jason asked me to be his girlfriend!
how they asked
Jason and I had been dating for 2 1/2 years at this point, and over half of that time, we were long distance. He had planned to come out to my house in Colorado for Memorial Day Weekend this year to run the Bolder Boulder with my family & to spend a long weekend with me before he started Med School at Penn State. The weeks leading up, my little sister Gabbie had told me she was planning on flying home for Memorial Day as well because she also wanted to run the Bolder Boulder. We had decided that the three of us wanted to go on a hike over the weekend, and Gabbie and Jason were insistent on hiking The Manitou Springs Incline – aka a mile straight of stairs up a mountain. I fought the two of them the whole way up, even going so far as to suggest that I would just stay at the bottom and read in a coffee shop until they were finished with the hike! Evidently, I lost that battle. About 1/4 of the way up, I had an asthma attack and had to pause. At that point, I seriously considered going back down the mountain and waiting at the bottom – however, Jason would not let me give up. Gabs beat us to the top by about 45 minutes and keep texting me encouraging things, telling me to just hurry to the top and then I’d be happy. An hour and a half later, we finally made it. I was ready to take a picture and start the grueling 3-mile hike back down the mountain. Jason insisted that we continue up a little more until we were no longer around crowds of people to take the pictures, saying that he wanted one where you couldn’t see everyone else. As I was taking in the scenery of Colorado Springs below, Jason tapped my shoulder. When I turned around, he was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, and he asked me the easiest question I have ever been asked.