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After a long hiatus we are bringing Man Crush Mondays BACK! Aside from being an Instagram hashtag of attractive men, it is also a featured series on Jiaxin Machine where I showcase some of the awesome guys in my life.
This week highlights a fellow Wolverine, Daniel, who I met my freshman year. Daniel and I brushed shoulders a lot in the Winter garden, the main lobby of our only somewhat pretentious undergraduate business school. We ended up in a lot of the same classes due to our major, and I remember Daniel always chiming in to class discussions with solid contributions (I'm sure you had 100% for all participation grades).
What makes Daniel and I connect is that he's willing to be vulnerable with me. At a time where we're all trying to figure out what it is that we want in life (career? love? grad school? promotion?), Daniel is always happy to get real with me. Every other sentence ends with either me or him locking eyes and saying "YESS!", while laughing of course.
Daniel is both determined and empathetic. I think his way of dressing subtly captures that: dark blues and blacks, combined with soft grays and turquoises. Intense yet calm, you can see it in his eyes.
Daniel currently works as a consultant so I see him once in a blue moon. But that's partially what I'm appreciating in my post graduate adult life right now: friends that you know love you and are thinking about you even if you don't see them all the time. Catch ya in like July Daniel?
You know those guys that are smart, fit, and just so genuinely nice that they're like a fairy tale? That's Tim for ya, a cute smarty and Ann Arbor native who just graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
I first met Tim at the beginning of this school year during ballroom recruitment. He was so willing to try everything, and had the most infectious smile on during all of it-two qualities that enabled him to achieve huge dancing success in his first year. He's quite the charmer too: through the grapevine I've heard that he once watched my foxtrot, thinking he would be quite content if he was ever half as graceful as me. Pitter patter goes my heart!
Tim describes his aesthetic as comfortable, outdoorsy, simple, and athletic. You can see that when he wears his favorite red Arcteryx patterned fleece sweater, alongside his watch he got for graduation (how else would he be 10 minutes late to everything?!). Above all, he's got a personality that shines. His next adventure will be in California, working at Nimble Storage where he'll continue to code and seek knowledge.
Tim my friend, you have definitely achieved a level of dancing mastery that you should be proud of and continue to strengthen! I wish you the best.