It was just a tryst in the library, fodder for her final column in the Daily Cal. And now Nadia Cho is an international star, with her very own column in the Huffington Post.
Nonchalance has been the watchword for the UC Berkeley junior, whose "Sex on Tuesday" column about intimate relations with a man in various campus buildings has sparked reactions in London, Taiwan, and anywhere else the Internet reaches.
A search for "Nadia Cho" returns "sexcapade," but Cho herself reacts with "a shrug," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I think I'm fine," she told the newspaper.
"Having sex in the library is just not that controversial. I mean, like, who doesn't have sex on campus?" she told the newspaper.
She's since become a sex columnist for the Huffington Post, and while the junior psychology major says she never considered a writing career, there's no doubt she has the name recognition and profile to cause the "international brouhaha" that propels the Web.
Her column had been out for a week before the click-hungry online news media discovered it, leading to "breathless" reports in the New York Daily News and elsewhere.
The Hawaii native identifies herself as a bisexual woman of color, the newspaper reports, and her other columns are "playfully exhibitionist" and "sex-positive." She writes in support of masturbation and pornography, and wrote disapprovingly of Mitt Romney's plan to defund Planned Parenthood.