“I was screaming and jumping and screaming some more.”
This is Roaya Jannatitour, a sophomore attending the University of California, Berkeley. Her dad is from Iran, and her mom is from Morocco. She was born in Canada, where her parents studied.
On Roaya's first day of classes at Cal, her friend from high school called and told her she had a friend from summer camp who she wanted to introduce Roaya to.
Roaya's friend told her that she thought Roaya would get along with her friend, a fellow freshman from Virginia named Nissma Bentheikh, because they were so alike.
“They both went to the same summer camp in New York together, and throughout the whole thing, she said this girl totally reminded her of me,” Roaya said of her friend.
Roaya and Nissma met up, and hit it off right away. They realized they had tons in common. Both were Moroccan and born in Canada. They quickly became close friends.
After speaking to Roaya's mom, Nissma's dad asked Roaya what her mom's name was. When she told him, he said, “I knew it!”
“At that point I was very confused,” Roaya said.