“Luv my new family!!” reads the caption of midyear student Christina Griffin’s instagram picture showing the members of her orientation group, enjoying the ice skating rink built on the Great Lawn at an orientation event entitled “Brandeis-Capades”.
Christina Griffin and the five other members of her group have already grown to be extremely close friends during the seventy-two hours they have known each other. The group has expressed plans to live in a mod together when they are seniors.
“I can just tell we’ll all get along great with each other! We are SO similar and have so much in common” said Ben Dratch, a member who was randomly assigned to the arbitrary group.
When asked about how she feels about the plans to live together, ‘aidlet’ Karen Freedman responded “I mean, it’s fate! We are all in an orientation group! What are the odds?” Given that all one hundred midyears are aimlessly placed in groups of about five or six students, the odds of students being placed in an orientation group are fairly high. In fact, university officials confirmed that all midyear students are placed in orientation groups.
“It’s going to be so fun learning about each of our individual quirks and habits” said Christina, who has yet to tell her future roommates about her collection of Seventeen magazines she has hoarded since 6th grade. “We can even cook meals with each other and stuff! I make a mean peanut chicken pad thai.” she added, ignorant to the fact group member Jillian O’Brien, a strict vegan, is deathly allergic to peanuts.
When questioned about the fact that orientation group members are placed together by chance, member Brian Jacobs did not seem phased. “I think its special that we all come from such different walks of life and have different interests. I don’t think that will be a problem at all. It’s actually a blessing!” Brian, a student athlete and chemistry major, has not considered how his sleeping schedule may be drastically opposite that of his fellow group member, studio arts major Jillian O’Brien.
The group has contemplated various differences between lifestyle choices, but doesn’t think it will be much of an issue. “I mean, I’ve never done drugs myself, but I don’t really care if other people do. It’s not like weed smells bad or anything right?” stated Karen Freedman. Future mod-mate Michael Hart agreed that he’s excited to throw “wild and crazy ragers,” despite Brian Jacobs’ strict pre-med schedule.
The incidental group “can’t see themselves being friends with anyone else.” They do seem to get along. In fact, Ben Dratch and Christina have already begun to hook up. But it’s definitely not going to be awkward living together. The group plans on staying friends forever, long past senior year.
“After we graduate, we’re totally going to get an apartment in NYC together! It’s basically going to be like the show Friends!” gushed Karen. After all, they have known each other for almost a full three days.