This year I live in a quad in South and it's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. My three roommates are incredible and different and my best friends, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life, and to have them so close to me all the time. Kyla and I met at the beginning of last year when we both lived in Dascomb and quickly knew that we wanted to be roommates in the future. Emma and Angie were roommates last year in Kahn and hit it off right away. Eventually the four of us came together and the quad was formed.
I decided to interview all of my roommates about themselves and what they do on campus. They're all very involved in different ways, and represent a small sample of the student population, but a sample that is near and dear to my heart.
1. Meet Kyla.
Kyla is the first friend I felt truly close to at Oberlin. She's the first person I stayed up late with just hanging out in her room and talking about life, the person I cried with while watching 13 Going on 30 when we got a little homesick, and the friend that all my friends from home practically know too because she's in all my instagrams and snapchats. I'm pretty sure Kyla is secretly in possession of a time turner, because she somehow manages to be everywhere at once. She's involved in so many different things around campus and is friends with literally everybody. When I'm introducing myself to people sometimes I just say, "I'm Rachel, I'm Kyla's roommate, you probably know her." And they always do. Kyla and I eat in the same co-op, Old B, and I interviewed her sitting in the dining room waiting for pizza night.
Kyla hails from Woodacre, California. When asked to describe herself in three words, she says that she is "thirty, flirty, and thriving." She is majoring in comparative American studies (with a minor in dance), is a tour guide for the Oberlin admissions office, a delivery girl for the Oberlin Review (a job we do together), teaches dance at Langston Middle School with Girls in Motion, is in a senior dance piece this semester, head cooks at a co-op, and is a self-described "all around charmer and it-girl."
When I asked her if she has any other interests, she said "taxidermy" and then laughed. Her favorite class that she's taken at Oberlin is Race and the Environment with Renee Romano and her favorite Oberlin memory is when the four of us got our quad during housing registration last year. We were crying and hugging in a hallway in King because we were so excited.
Because I'm writing these interview questions, I also decided to ask all my roommates what their favorite thing about me is. Kyla's favorite thing is that I have trouble waking up in the morning, like her. We spend a lot of time groaning and hitting snooze on our alarms, and staring at each other like zombies from our beds that we desperately don't want to leave.
2. Meet Angie.
Angie and I first met in our creative writing class freshman year. We bonded over having been theater kids in high school and our mutual distaste for the cold weather that was descending on us. Angie has been described multiple times as "a literal ray of sunshine." She is one of the sweetest people I know. Her smile is infectious. She enjoys crafting and is good at braiding hair. She has a genuine love for the world that doesn't leave room for cynicism, which is incredibly refreshing. When I interviewed her we were curled up together in her bed, the coziest/cutest part of the quad.
Angie, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the only member of our quad who isn't from California. She describes herself as "sunshiney, silly, and sensible." She is a comparative American studies and history double major, with a minor in Hispanic studies, but her favorite class that she's taken at Oberlin so far is Sexco. Sexco is an exco that is described as a very in-depth sex-ed class, covering everything you probably didn't (but definitely should've) learned in whatever sex-ed was provided by your high school.
Angie works at the Wilder desk, is the nutrition coordinator for her co-op, Tank, and can often be found biking around town, doing homework in coffee shops, and singing musical theater. Angie's other hobbies include dancing, baking, snuggling, canoeing, camping, and playing the violin. Her favorite memory of Oberlin is a party where everyone was dancing so hard that they broke the floor. Her favorite thing about me is that I like to sing musical theater and dance with her (although she is much better at both of these things than I am).
3. Meet Emma.
I met Emma last year during a lunch that Kyla set up, because she knew Emma from a class they had together and thought that Emma and Angie were the greatest people and the cutest roommate pair ever, and wanted the four of us to become friends. Emma is somebody who you always want to have in your corner. She'd do anything for the people she cares about. She's smart and hardworking and most definitely on her way to big things. She also has an unexpected silly side and is one of the only people in the world who can make me laugh until I'm almost crying. I interviewed Emma at The Local, a coffee shop in town where I like to do schoolwork on weekend mornings. Angie was with us, and occasionally interjected to agree with a comment or help Emma remember a detail about her life.
Like me, Emma comes to Oberlin from Los Angeles, California, but we live about as far apart at any two people who live in the same city ever can. I spent hours sitting in traffic on my way to visit her this summer, but it was always worth it. Emma's three-word description of herself was "focused, realistic, and caring."
Emma is an economics and environmental science double major, and, unsurprisingly, her favorite class that she's taken at Oberlin is environmental economics. She works in the office of sustainability and takes secondary lessons in guitar. Her hobbies include making music and reading business books. Emma's favorite memory of Oberlin is getting to know Angie last year. Her favorite thing about me is that I'm the most spontaneous person she knows. (To this answer, Angie replied, "Truuuuuue.")
One of the best things about Oberlin has been meeting so many different people with a variety of interests and personalities, and realizing that I have so much to learn from all of them. My quad-mates are only a few of the many students who make this school what it is, but the time I've spent with them has definitely changed me for the better.