First-years Tea Hughes of Manhattan, left, and Amanda Cabot of Cleveland decided to live together after meeting on Facebook. Their third Wilson suite mate, Selin Ozcelik of Palo Alto, hadn’t yet arrived when Duke photographer Jared Lazarus caught this moment on Move-In Day.
One thing people should know about you (that they can’t tell just from looking)
Tea: “Oh my God, I don’t know. This is hard. Help me out, you guys!” Amanda: “Oh, I’ve got one for you! She loves to use catchphrases. Like all the time.” Tea: [laughing] “Yeah, I do. ‘This is real life.’ I say that a lot.” Selin [on Tea]: “She’s great at storytelling.” Tea: “Amanda procrastinates on everything. And she’s a really slow walker.” Amanda: “Don’t write that. I actually walk fast when I’m by myself. I guess nobody would know that because I don’t do it around other people.”
Selin: [laughing immediately] “Oh, I’ve got one for Amanda! She always falls asleep with her phone, like, on her face. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and just see this bright light emitting from her screen, pressed against her face.” Amanda: “Yeah, my phone’s, like, broken and it doesn’t turn off sometimes. I stuffed it under my pillow last night, though.” Tea: “Selin always eats yogurt and corn nuts.” Selin: “I eat sardines and olives, too. All the time. I get them from Whole Foods.” Amanda: “Tea bangs on the wall if she agrees with something you said.” Tea: “Yeah, I do that! It’s my affirmation.”
What’s to love?
Tea: “East Campus. Just seeing people from our class walking around every day, it’s so nice.” Amanda: “The food at the West Union is amazing.” Selin: “Yeah, I definitely agree with both of those.” ·—Interview by Erin Brown