I smiled at her as I walked to greet her. She returned the smile and I asked my question on whether problem 3 was based on the initial conditions of part 1 or 2 of the second problem. She answered carefully, trying to be sure we both understood the same interpretation of the extremely vague question and I thanked her and returned to work on the assignment. I completed problem 3 and searched the page for some other thing to ask her. Anything at all that I may continue the dialogue between us. The poorly written post lab assignment that my peers and I loathe turned out to be my hero as it was rife with bits and pieces that were open to interpretation. I stood up from my stool and walked towards her direction, a small smile on my face. She saw my approach and smiled as well as I made my way over to her. I asked my question and we shared a moment of puzzlement over the unexplained pronouns. She admitted that she didn’t know for sure and to ask the head LI for clarification. I agreed and asked about her major and career plans. “I’m an undergraduate TA majoring in astrophysics.” Ah, she wants to be a part of this ever expanding field and possibly contribute to this future of mankind’s understanding of how the universe works. I made a joke at how she may discover the Higgs boson one day. She laughed but said it was unlikely. She then inquired about my major. I told her I was a psych/pre-med taking this class as a prerequisite, but that I enjoyed the way physics was logical. She agreed and the conversation slowed. I reiterated her instructions and thanked her again and went to the LI to clarify my question. He looked over the given problem with a puzzled look on his face. He mumbled a few words to himself, attempting to solve it in his head. He looked back at me and asked again what my question was and I repeated it. He thought for a few moments and then explained it. I went back to my seat and solved the problem. That was it. My time in lab was done for the day. A few students were left finishing the post lab, trying to get their questions answered before they left. I wanted to say something more to her, but didn’t want to make my intentions obvious. I wished the rest of the class a good bye and a good rest of the day. They responded in kind and she wished me a good bye as well. I left the room and made my way to the elevators. I heard the door open but I was too distracted with responding to a text to notice who. “What was your name again?” It was her. I turned around and stated my name. She asked me if I remembered hers. I replied with her name and she smiled. She wished me another good bye and we said we’ll see each other next lab as she made her way down the stairwell. I hesitated and wondered if I should have accompanied her down the stairs, but decided against it. No, I’ll just leave it there for now. These things take time and there’s no need to rush. The elevator arrived and I stepped inside.