Connor is from Omaha, Nebraska, and studies neuroscience. Aateeb is from Richmond, Virginia. He studies public policy and economics. The sophomores lived on the same hall in Randolph during their freshman year, were in the same focus cluster (cognitive neuroscience and law), and tented in K-ville together. Now, they live in Griffin House on West Campus’ Crowell Quad.
Man cave: Connor’s love of sports shows up in the wall décor. It includes a poster of his favorite Swedish soccer player, Zlatan Ibrahimović, a periodic table of elements, a towel from a Green Bay Packers playoff game, and a throwback Duke basketball felt flag from the ’90s. Political junkie Aateeb has a mural of Richmond’s skyline, a National Geographic map of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and a Visit Palestine poster from the 1930s that he got in Israel.
Favorite things: “I have a pretty specific taste in music. I like ’60s and ’70s rock and alternative,” says Connor. “See, I’m all over the board. I listen to country, I listen to dubstep, house, rap, everything!” says Aateeb. Aateeb runs into politicians regularly. “It’s the most random thing,” he says. “I’m lucky when it comes to meeting famous Republicans.”
Must-have room food? Connor, without skipping a beat: “Mac ’n Cheese. I’m a Kraft kind of guy.” Aateeb: “Apple cider for me.”