Fifteen years ago this fall, I was walking to the first night of freshman orientation at my alma mater. Walking by yourself is boring, so I turned around to find someone to meet. Mike was about 10 feet behind me, with a cheerful smile, so I said hi! We had fun chatting on our way to the auditorium, and hung out together for most of the night. And that may have been the end, but we had been assigned to the same dorm, so we ran into each other again at breakfast, and again at the next orientation activity. Mike had spent summers on campus, so he offered to show me around. We never did run out of things to talk about, and the rest is history – maybe I’ll let Mike tell his much more detailed (and somewhat exaggerated but highly entertaining) version this September. :)
There’s a funny twist to this story. Dorm staff at our alma mater are required to recognize ALL incoming freshmen (for that dorm) by sight – when they arrive on campus. They get your picture in advance, along with some other info about your family and interests. Since memorization can get boring, they like to spice it up with games, including matchmaking bets. One staff member placed a bet that Mike and I would get together – and, from what I hear, made some nice income off that bet. The one thing we had in common based on the information we sent in? We were both biology nerds in high school!
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