Ah, the sweet entity that is unconventional friendship formation. Have you ever seen the Taylor Swift music video for You Belong with Me? (Don’t lie, you know you have. That thing is a cinematic masterpiece and actually legendary and if you disagree just know that you are wrong.) If you have, (we’ve established you have) I’m sure you’re familiar with the scene in which a nerd glasses-clad Taylor communicates to her unnecessarily hot neighbor/guy best friend through her window. She writes quaint little notes on an oversized paper pad and then just kind of waits there until he sees them…which out of context sounds incredibly creepy...anyways, he writes back to her and it’s all very adorable (save for the fact that this whole time he’s friend-zoned the heck out of her. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. You know this because you’ve seen the video. I digress.)
Anyways, so I kind of did that. Actually, I didn’t kind of do it, I really did it, and thanks to my advances involving a pen, some paper, a window, and dollar cheeseburgers, I gained one of my first legitimate friends.
To make a long story short, on move-in day, I opened my blinds and looked across the building to see a male sitting directly in front of me at his desk. The immediate thought that came into my mind was that Taylor Swift music video, by the way, in case you hadn’t inferred that type of thing about me yet. I heard about this place in Station Square called Bar Louie that had $1 cheeseburgers on Tuesdays, and obviously there was no question concerning whether or not I would be participating in dollar burger festivities, so I thought I’d ask the kid from across the window to eat one with me, Taylor Swift style. And hey, it worked! He wrote back and my roommate and I met up with him in the hallway and found out all those things you find out about each other during your first week of college. He was a fellow journalism major, and we even had our honors mass comm class together. It was a friendship made in T-Swift heaven. (Behold the photo of us to your left.) I now use his empty closet as sweater storage. So if you’ve been wondering whether or not you should try to pull this kind of thing, have no fear. As long as the other person involved isn’t a communist or something, you’ll probably succeed; and hey, you just might gain some extra storage out of the whole deal. No promises, though.