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Kent State students, who matched three years ago on tinder, meet on GMA for first time

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 09:11:11-04

Two Kent State University students will be packing their bags and heading to Hawaii for a first-date three years in the making. 

But first, they are meeting on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, nearly three years after matching on the popular dating app.

On July 11, Josh Avsec, posted images of a Tinder message with Michelle Arendas. A casual "Hey Michelle" in September of 2014 went unanswered for two months.

Arendas replied in November, joking "Hey sorry my phone died!" A quick exchange ensued, with the two joking about the time lapse until Avsec decided it was his turn to make Michelle do some waiting. 

In January of 2015, Avsec wrote to Arendas again - acting as if no time had passed. With months between responses, the two kept in correspondence until July 2017. 

As a joke for his friends to enjoy, Avsec posted the exchange on Twitter, saying he would one day meet the girl who took months to respond, saying when they do meet, "it's going to be epic." 

With the help of Tinder, the dating application responsible for bringing the two together, it will be epic, indeed. 

After his tweet was shared more than 16,000 times, Tinder took notice. 

"It's time you got together IRL. You have 24 hrs to decide the city you want to have your first date in and we'll send you there!" the company wrote the two Tinder users on Twitter. 

After Avsec's original tweet went viral, friends tagged Michelle and the two began talking outside of the Tinder application. They were already in conversation when they got the surprising tweet offering a free first date. 

The two decided on Maui, Hawaii as an ideal first date city. Tinder agreed on the destination, telling the two "We're sending you to Maui but you can't take two years to pack your bags!" 

The posts went viral - with some Twitter users rallying behind a real-life romance between the two Ohio natives. 

The pair has always been in close proximity - with Avsec going to high school in Brunswick and Arendas attending Strongsville High School. However, the two never communicated before the now famous conversation on Tinder. 

From month-long response times to traveling miles away together - these two college students may arguably have one of the best first-date stories ever.