An Ohio University professor has gained notoriety online for his advice to students about falling in love. 

Assistant professor Dan West opened the floor for students to ask him questions anonymously on a notecard about their recent unit, love and relationships, during his Introduction to Human Communication class. 

One of the questions read, “How do you know when you’re in love?”

To answer this question, West told the story of when he realized he wanted to marry his then-girlfriend.

“We had just come from a movie and stopped by a grocery store so I could buy some food for the next day. We were looking at ice cream and as I watched her choosing I realized that I was going to be buying groceries with her for the rest of my life,” West said, according to Buzzfeed.

The two went on to get married later in 1993.

Victoria Helmke, one of West’s students, tweeted about this story, and it went viral. The tweet currently has more than 78,000 retweets.

The tweet also garnered hundreds of replies, and most people found this story heartwarming.



The story has also been picked up by The Daily Mail, People and ABC News. 

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