Need advice on a friend who's a perfect match for me
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The guy I'm crushing on is my fellow classmate. He just finished his second semester of his master's while I just finished my first semester. He's in ROTC and will be commissioned next December right before he graduates while I will be around until May 2014. He's set on serving on active duty for eight years and is hoping to be stationed in Europe.
I really like this guy, but I'm not sure if he likes me back. We're friends, and of course, being in the same cohort, we're in the same boat in reference to academics (i.e., we're both about to start our theses, both taking the same classes, both have the same amount of homework, etc.). We study together before any exam, but it's usually as a cohort (made up of three girls and two guys--including both of us).
I'm not sure if he likes me because we haven't really spent too much time together. The obvious course of action would be to get to know him more, spend more time together, and potentially ask him out in the near future.
My question is: Despite knowing that he will only be around for another year and that he'll be gone for the following eight years thereafter, and I will be continuing into a PhD program, is it really worth it to put myself out there and ask him out? Keep in mind, however, that I'm a little reserved, sometimes come off as intimidating (according to my female friends), am not interested in a simple fling, and haven't dated in four years.
I really like this guy, and he's definitely the marriage-material type even though he's locked into service for eight years. We have a lot in common, which makes it hard to get over him. My gut tells me to go for it, but I'm just afraid of rejection...not to mention the fact that the relationship would already have an ending date.
What's Your Opinion?