Clarionion: Biology major gives two hearts to girlfriend

February 7, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Clarionion | Robin Banks

Biology major gives two hearts to girlfriend

Other men may go for traditional gifts, but this passionate Biology major has a different idea.

While some men are still searching desperately for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, one thinks that he’s found the perfect present.

Biology major Jesse Lindhagen met his girlfriend Amanda Scott in Molecular and Cell Biology during the first semester of their freshman year.

“Amanda correctly distinguished between passive and active transport on the very first day of class,” Jesse reminisced. “Honestly, that was so hot. I knew I wanted to date her right then.”

Amanda wasn’t far behind. “He knew what the Krebs cycle was, and he didn’t even have to look it up,” she said. “Clearly, he’d done his homework. That’s very attractive in a man.”

The two bonded over late-night study sessions and had their first date spring semester, in the anatomy and physiology classroom.

“We stayed in the buildings late to go over the fact sheet a few more times,” Amanda said. “Jesse surprised me by bringing dinner, and we nibbled on wings as we poked at all the cadaver’s organs and bones. I couldn’t have imagined anything more perfect. Our grades on that test were almost perfect, too.”

The two quickly became inseparable. During sophomore year they elected to take the exact same schedule, and it worked so well that they chose to do the same for junior year, too.

“Amanda’s the best study partner I’ve ever had,” Jesse said. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than spend every waking moment of O-chem with her.”

As Valentine’s Day approached, Jesse thought long and hard about a gift for his leading lady.

“I wanted her to know the depths of my feelings for her, and for biochemistry,” Jesse said. “I wanted to get her something that would mean more than flowers or candy hearts — something REAL. And that’s when it hit me.”

Late last week, Jesse snuck into the storage units and carefully uncovered a cadaver. He quickly located and removed the heart.

“I had to slice through a few arteries and veins to get it out,” Jesse said. “And Bethel security almost caught me on my way back, but I’m a fast runner. I made it back to my dorm and put the heart in my refrigerator.”

The whole process was a lot easier than he expected, Jesse commented.

“The only real danger to my gift was when my roommate started feeling hungry,” he said. “He decided to raid my fridge and was a little surprised when he unwrapped it. The heart wasn’t damaged, but my roommate has been queasy for days.”

Though some may call his gift unconventional, Jesse is confident that it’s right for his girl.

“Amanda loves biology just as much as I do,” Jesse said. “I just want her to know that she has my heart. Well, the cadaver’s...but you get the point.”

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