I saw Jizel and Ramsha a couple of weeks before I took a semester off from school. They were by the Arb - a peaceful little park on the outskirts of our college where I spent a lot of time - sitting with their friend Jude, laughing. We talked only for a moment, but it was enough time for me to consciously note in my head that these were people I'd like to be friends with when I get back to school.
I was lucky, then, to be placed in a dorm with both of them when I got back next spring. They were, above all, loyal and supportive friends throughout that time. The photo above was after they had kindly taken my senior posters and put them up all over campus.
We had brunch many times. They enjoyed listening to me play the piano, and I loved playing for them. It became a nightly routine - their due diligent studying, and my noodling around on the French House piano (my favorite piano at that school).
They are both exceptionally intelligent and driven young women. I was inspired by them many times at Oberlin, and know many others will be as well, over the course of their lives.
They are also very silly. And also totally annoying ("Dave"). But I love them a lot.