Couples Q&A: “CaroLeo”


Photo: Carolina Warring ’23.

Q: What were your first impressions of each other?

Carolina: I think my first impression of Leo was that he was really funny and that I liked talking to him. Even if we were just talking about readings for Shakespeare, I always enjoyed our conversations and felt like I wanted to spend more time with him.

Leo: Looking back, my first impressions of Carolina were that she was really kind, sweet and funny — I thought our personalities meshed together really well. In those first few months, we would call each other for hours at a time, and it was so, so easy to talk to her. Overall, we truly clicked from the start.

Q: How did you start dating?

Carolina and Leo: We were in the same computer science class last year, but we never really talked. We had the same free period first semester this year, so we started doing physics homework together and talking more. Eventually, we started texting about non-school related topics and got to know each other on a more personal level. We eventually both realized we liked each other at around the same time, but neither of us really knew what to do, so we were just friends for a brief period of time. In hindsight, it was nice being able to talk, hang out and learn more about each other without having the pressure of a relationship.

Q: What is the secret to having a healthy relationship?

Carolina: I think that putting in effort is really important. Whether it’s taking the time to call for a little bit after school or asking to have lunch together during the week, it’s always a good idea to show that you care about spending time together. I also think that little, nice gestures can go a long way, even if it’s just asking about their day or offering to help with homework.

Leo: The most important is forming a really solid, trusting relationship, which can be created through just interacting with one another. It’s so worth it to really try and get to know the other person by engaging with their interests, hobbies, music taste, honestly anything they’re somewhat passionate about. Connecting on a deeper level can really take a relationship to the next level.

Q: Any general advice to share?

Carolina: I think that if you like someone, you should definitely tell them how you feel. If you’re not fully comfortable with telling them, it’s okay to take some time and get to know them more before you feel ready.

Leo: What I have found really interesting is that the little things really do matter in a relationship. Some of my favorite memories with Carolina involve things as basic as just talking to her on the phone while we do homework or staying after school for a little bit longer than I have to so that I can walk her to her car and say goodbye. A little nice gesture can truly mean the world.