EMK Scholarship winner Maria is making great progress. I paid for her professional photos, set her up on e-Cyrano, and produced a profile that will go live next week. Here’s Maria in her own words:
Last week was intense. I worked on my profile in e-Cyrano.com which consisted in answering a lot of questions about me and then about who I’m looking for. It was like a soul searching workshop. It took me a long time and it was a challenge to come up with stories that best describe me and my possible future partner.
At the end I got a profile that’s unique, funny and interesting. It truly describes who I am and the qualities that I value most in a partner. Thank you, Evan!
I’ll wear an outfit that will make you smile the first time you see me. I’ll spontaneously salsa dance with my mom in her kitchen. I’ll dress like Poison Ivy for Halloween and win the best costume contest. But while I may look like a fiery Latina, I’m really soft, spiritual, and open to learning. My motto: feel the fear and do it anyway. I’ll parasail in Key West despite my anxiety. I’ll talk to strangers at a restaurant just because they seem friendly. I’ll hug a work acquaintance that just lost his mother. That warmth and curiosity is what makes me read every book I can about male/female brain differences, and help me appreciate men even more. That’s where you come in. You are the beneficiary of this. The recipient of the calm I feel from my morning meditation. The guy who has my hand on his thigh throughout dinner. The man with the girlfriend who drives an hour to bring you lunch. I have my heart open for the right guy, I respect your individuality, and I know the value of guy time. So, if you want a woman who is a good listener, believes in public displays of affection and always strives to be a better partner, then, this is your lucky day.
You are the kind of man who has women asking you to dance. You’d book a weekend for us to go to the Chicago and get tickets to the UCB Theater. You’d throw a farewell party for your brother and invite all of his friends. You sing along when someone picks up a guitar at a family gathering. You rub my feet while we watch The Big Bang Theory. You actually talk to the guy trying to sell us flowers over dinner. You grow and cook your own vegetables. You read the labels on food and try to avoid GMOs. You’d take a long walk by yourself on Hollywood beach to gather your thoughts. You take a peek at my copy of Breaking the Habit of Being You. You support my dreams, you accept me the way I am, and you want to grow old with someone. You get that marriage is a partnership and you love that we both take responsibility for our respective part of that partnership.