This month’s Twenty Something single sizzles.
By Ursula Lauriston
“I’m a typical Scorpio,” says Syeda. The 22 year old Program Associate claims to be boisterous, loud, passionate—and proud of it. “I like being the center or attention. I love cracking jokes with my friends. I’m not afraid to cry, and I’m very open about talking about sex.”
Well then Twenty Somethings, looks like we’re in for a treat.
Name: Syeda Younus
Occupation: Program Associate
Hometown: Takoma Park
Twenty Something: Let’s just dive right in. Kiss on the first date? Or leave em’ wanting more?
Syeda Younus: No way! Kiss on the cheek—yes. Although it really depends on how well you know the person. One guy kissed me on the first date and it just blew me away. He just swaggered up to me and kissed me. It was amazing but I had known him for about three years before and the chemistry had been building.
TS: What’s the most attractive thing about the opposite sex?
SY: Where do I begin?!!! I love men who are able to work with chemistry. They have to know how to capitalize on good chemistry. They need to be confidant and talk at great length. We have to constantly be building the curiosity.
TS: What’s dating been like in D.C?
SY: It’s so opportunistic. Our social circles are so segmented it’s really hard to meet new people if you’re not deliberate. And if you see a chance you have to go for it. Everyone has options. So if you really want to date someone seriously you need to make your intentions clear.
TS: Why is it so competitive?
SY: I think it’s because there’s so many eligible young professionals in D.C. There’s this whole pool of intelligent, successful, young people. So it makes it impossible to stay with one person.
TS: What are your future goals? Outside of dating.
SY: My family is from Bangladesh but I was raised in the states. I would love to eventually get into micro finance and help women in poorer countries.
TS: What’s your go-to accessory when getting ready for a date?
SY: For the ladies it’s all about the eyes and the lips. Your face is your most important accessory. I can’t go anywhere without my lip-gloss and eyeliner.
TS: What’s the best piece of advice your friends have ever given you about dating?
SY: You’ve got to realize what your worth. Women have to stand up for themselves and not let go of their dignity.
What characteristics are you looking for?
He must be passionate, intelligent, and curious. He must always be exploring. I love to explore.
TS: Any last words?
SY: I think the most important thing is to trust your gut when your dating and know the difference between your gut and lust.
Ursula Lauriston is the author of Twenty Something, a social diary blog where she sounds off weekly on dating, D.C nightlife and events, career etiquette, and more. During the day, Ursula stays in step with the pulse of DC with her work as a Deputy Press Secretary on Capitol Hill. Follow her on twitter @urdiggy.