After graduating from the University of Alabama, Emma wanted to pursue a PhD in Marketing. Although she was dead set on completing her next degree at Alabama, she changed her mind after visiting Ole Miss, where she met some really great people and fellow PhD students. John was unfortunately assigned the task to drive Emma to and from campus that day, and despite being called a "used car salesman" by his future wife, managed to be a really great host. A full month went by before administrative ladies connected Emma with John to answer questions about finances for her upcoming fall semester at Ole Miss. The pair ended up texting for the next 5 months until the semester started and have not gotten tired of each other since!