Having a roommate is the best! Think about it. You never have to worry about who to sit with in the Caf. You don’t have to binge watch all ten seasons of Friends alone. You’ve got a gym buddy. A study buddy. A late-night-ice-cream-run buddy. But above all, you have a friend who knows exactly what you’re going through because they’re right there with you.
We followed three sets of roommates as they navigate their first year on campus to get their stories on what it’s like to live with each other.
Video produced entirely by Mercer senior Thais Ackerman.
Elizabeth Tadlock & Phoebe Capps
How they met: through a family friend
They describe themselves as: weird and definitely different people, but really good friends
Favorite thing to do together: laugh
What they like most about being roommates: even though they moved away from their families, they’ve become like each other’s family
Kennedy Howery & Eric Hiser
How they met: played on their high school basketball team together
Things they do together on campus: fraternity life, play basketball, and study
What they like about being roommates: they’ve known each other so long, have the same interests, and get along really well
Sheridan King & Zelda Tabe
How they met: through Mercer’s Facebook group for incoming freshmen (The Bear’s Den!)
How they spend quality time with each other: they go out to eat together once a week to catch up and see how the other is doing
Why being roommates works well for them: they support each other and value their relationship while also respecting each other’s space