One 19-year-old college sophomore was heartbroken when her boyfriend broke up with her before she could gift him the surprise skydiving tickets she had purchased as an adventurous birthday gift.
But Emma Vowell decided to make use of the tickets as a fun way to find another the skydiving partner – and possibly more. The Purdue University student took to the popular dating application Tinder to encourage boys to shoot their shot at a chance to hold her hand and hop out of a plane together.
And of results that flooded in, one young man’s response took the cake, offering an in depth resume and cover letter that listed his qualities as a fifth year student, fitness instructor with perks including a rides to class and cute dog.
Stress-free damsel! Emma Vowell, 19, purchased skydiving tickets for her boyfriend, but they soon broke up before she could gift him the surprise so she took to Tinder to find a new date
Swipe right! She was direct about her request for an adventurous date, but warned that there would be no romance, just fun. But she requested her date be hot and handsome
Professional approach: Austin Bates, 22, took his shot and reached out about the opportunity
Emma Vowell clarified to interested gents that she wasn’t looking for love, rather she was looking for the suitable adrenaline-junkie companion who was willing to jump out of a plane with her.
‘I was like I want to go skydiving anyway, so why let these go to waste,’ Emma revealed to Buzzfeed.
‘Interesting story, my ex broke up with me the week of his birthday, so now I awkwardly have two skydiving tickets above the Chicago skyline that expire in November,’ she wrote in her dating app biography.
‘Deada** just looking for a hot guy to go with instead. Zero percent of me wants to hook up with you… Lemme know if you’re down,’ she closed her message.
And while she received many message as per Tinder routine, one stuck out above the rest.
Austin Bates, 22, is a fifth year student at Purdue and approached Emma in regards to her skydiving partner challenge.
‘Is that skydiving offer still open?’ he asked.
She replied it was and he responded saying he would provide a resume the following morning for her perusal. And sure enough the following day his credentials were sitting in her email inbox.
Hunky Tonk! The hunk in search of a ‘swolemate’ then surprised her by sending in his resume and cover letter for her perusal, and she was impressed with his credentials and humor
Fit n fab! On Austin’s resume he shares he’s a fitness junkie and can offer personal training sessions, pictured above flexing his muscles for the camera after a tennis game
Impressive stats: Austin sent in a full professional document that revealed his education and work history, even his address and contact information
Just cheeky: His cover letter explained his career goals and offered ways he could compensate Emma should she choose him for the skydiving challenge
It included his education history, his work experience in the Indiana Army National Guard and career as a fitness consultant.
‘[I did it] as a joke. It’s an opportunity to maybe make her laugh. It’s definitely creative and more creative then anyone else is willing to do,’ Austin said to Buzzfeed on his unique proposal.
His cover letter revealed his sweet side and his willingness to chip in for the pricey skydiving experience.
‘If you are looking for an attractive guy to go skydiving with, who understands that it’ll be a purely platonic evening then look no further,’ he opened his letter with.
‘I don’t expect you to completely cover the cost of my ticket without reimbursement of some kind. Being a fifth year student has afforded me the opportunity to take a meager one class a day, and with all of my extra time I would be willing to drive you to class/exams/bars for a week of your choosing in my doorless Jeep,’ he continued, sharing a potential deal.
‘My Jeep is one of the great loves of my life, and riding in it is probably the closest experience you can get to riding on a motorcycle, without the fear of impending death/road crash. I also live with a one year old German Shepherd/Husky mix that I will let you pet, walk with, or send you pictures of any time your heart desires,’ he added.
Twitter rally: When Emma posted his information on Twitter and asked her followers if she should choose him she received an overwhelmingly positive response saying to choose him
He’s the one! Other followers told her directly to ‘Take him’ to the Chicago skydiving event
Down in the DM: But that didn’t stop other suitors from contacting her on various mediums including Linkedin, which left her in stitches of laughter
He’s linked in! Philip decided to reach out to Emma via Linkedin, unfortunately her heart was tied to Austin
He even shared that he’s a certified personal trainer willing to do to one-on-one personal training.
‘I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to meet with you, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or would like to arrange an interview,’ he closed his message.
Impressed by his credentials and swooned by his respectful and cheeky cover letter she shared his information on Twitter and asked her followers if she should name him the winner of her heart and the skydiving ticket.
‘The most dedicated a guy has ever been to shooting his shot… should I take him,’ she wrote. And Twitter clamored for her to take him.
And according to her campus peers, he was not only a great guy, but they threatened to date him if she didn’t give the lad a shot at love.
‘Actually all of the girls in my sorority are like ‘If you don’t date him, I will,’ she said to Buzzfeed on her friends’ support of her Austin pick.
But that didn’t stop other suitors from lining up. One man even found her on Linkedin and messaged her on the networking platform to assure he got in her good books.
The Linkedin user, Philip, even attached his resume and cover letter and social media handles for her perusal. But he was just one of the 50 resumes that flooded Emma’s inbox.
She later announced that Austin was the one to win her heart.
‘Good evening, Austin. I just wanted to text you and thank you for your application! Upon review I have decided that you are the most dedicated applicant, and for that reason you deserve the free ticket,’ she texted him.
First date jitters: On Twitter she announced she would meet Austin in person after choosing him as her sky diving date, and her Twitter followers were calling the duo couple goals
Would you like some salt with that? Her unhappy ex also vocalized his feelings on her rise to Twitter fame and took credit for her online spotlight
At last! Emma and Austin met earlier this week for the first time in person for nearly two hours
Hey boy: The two met up at a Starbucks where Emma took a sweet shot of her winning candidate who gave a million dollar smile at being called ‘Tinder boy’
Happy as can be: Emma was gleeful with the positive online response and her connection with Austin that includes a love for dogs , pictured above posing with her pup
He responded saying he spent more time on the resume and cover letter than homework. And he had no idea he actually had a shot.
‘I didn’t think it would actually work out,’ he said assuming she would take a friend instead of a stranger.
And Twitter fawned over her decision with cheers for the couple to find a spark.
‘Please take pics and keep us in the loop, we are all apart of this relationship now,’ on Twitter fan wrote.
‘!!!! Yas boo I’m waiting on the skydiving pics,’ another added.
‘YES YES YES another success story in the making,’ a friend shared.
However there was some negative online energy towards her choice, coming specifically from her ex boyfriend Chad.
‘Helping make your ex famous one step at a time. You’re welcome Em,’ he tweeted.
Austin and Emma have scheduled to take their mile high plunge on October 28th and met up for coffee on Wednesday for the first time to talk things over. Emma took to Twitter to share a picture of the smiling duo, much to the frenzy of her followers who rallyied for their relationship.
‘It went pretty well I think. We ended up talking for an hour and half or so,’ Austin revealed on their meeting.
However the duo have made it clear that they’re strictly platonic.
‘I think the most we’re going to be is skydiving partners,’ Austin said to Buzzfeed.
‘This is going to be a very platonic relationship,’ Emma added.
And thought platonic it may be, Emma’s dating app boldness proves that the often bashed app could be good for more than just love, it might just offer a bright friendship as well.