They were planning on meeting in the fall semester, but the timing didn’t work out, Liu said.
“I talked to him over winter break because his family came up from Brazil, and they were going to go travel,” Liu said.
Liu said he hoped they would be able to meet in Boone over the break, but it didn’t work out.
“The first day we met was the first Thursday in January,” Liu said.
Liu hopes to study abroad, which he said would be impossible if he became student body president.
“If I was to study abroad, I would choose the city that he is actually from and study abroad there,” Liu said.
Liu has made other decisions recently related to his feelings for the study abroad student.
“That’s also why I’m studying Portuguese this semester,” Liu said.
Liu said he also wasn’t as prepared for the campaign as the other candidates.
“I would be starting at ground zero and there’s no way I could get a website up, a policy up and a team together in 2 weeks,” Liu said.
Liu posted a status on Facebook announcing his withdrawal and endorsing declared presidential candidate Bradley Opere.
"I believe Bradley possesses the qualifications this campus needs for reform to create an inclusive and open Carolina for all," the post said.
The four remaining declared candidates for student body president are Andrew Williamson, Wilson Sink, Bradley Opere and John Taylor.