You have to be friends, long-running roommates say

Housing & Community
May 1, 2023

The four-year friendship of Andrew Lim 23 and Nick Meyers 23 started with a text message, as so many recent college roommate stories do.

But this pairing has its own spin. Meyers looked to his friend to share it.

So I was at the World Yo-Yo Contest Lim began.

Theirs was just one of the origin stories shared at the 2023 Roommate Dinner, held April 18, 2023, in Knobel Hall. The dinner invitation from President Adam Weinberg was extended to 112 seniors who have lived together on campus for six or more semesters. Each was treated to a buffet and given a white ز,Ȳַ ######### ball cap with Big Red Roommates embroidered on the back.

This is one of my favorite celebrations, Weinberg told the crowd. At a college that prides itself on meaningful relationships, you represent that at its very best. These relationships only grow deeper over time.

Some of these friendships began as random assignments. Others had known each other in high school. All found their own ways to navigate the challenges that are guaranteed to arise in any roommate situation.

Sam Secrest 23 and Sully Janeck 23 played football together at Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown, Ohio.

I was the center; he was the quarterback, Secrest said.

They played for ز,Ȳַ ######### and roomed together all four years. The two laugh easily, clowning football plays for the roommate portraits offered at the dinner, but Secrest grew serious when he considered the notion of living without Janeck in the fall.

I hadnt really thought about it, he said. It will be weird. Really weird.

Liam Watters 23 and Christopher Pascall 23 began rooming together as sophomores, as did Sophia Yager-Motl 23 and Miles Berry 23. The two pairs, all friends, joined up as a quad for their junior and senior years.

All knew each other before becoming roommates.

You have to be friends because its inevitable that youre going to be annoyed at times whenever youre living with other people, Berry said.

It also helps to have some shared traits. Pascall said he and Watters were a good fit because we both have terrible sleep schedules.

Three of the four have the same taste in movies eyeing Pascall, they teased that, as a cinema major, he has more rarefied tastes.

Its not a higher standard, Pascall said. Just a different standard.

As for Lim and Meyers, they were a random pairing, and although Lim had mentioned yo-yoing as a hobby on his prospective roommate survey before his first year, Meyers is pretty sure he didnt.

I think it was just coincidence, he said.

When Meyers texted to introduce himself on that fateful day, Lim mentioned in his reply that he was at the World Yo-Yo Contest in Cleveland.

Meyers response is now part of their friendship lore.

He was like, I also yo-yo as well, Lim said.

That was all it took. They lived in Curtis East their first year, moved on to Crawford and then Sawyer, and are finishing their ز,Ȳַ ######### experience in an apartment in Upper Elm.

No roommate pairing is perfect, of course. But these two first bonded over yo-yos they understand that for a friendship to work, you have to take the ups with the downs.