This piece was written by Lizz and Rachel together and was originally read out loud during A-Camp 2015 as part of the Staff Reading. It's reproduced here with some minorly incriminating details removed in honor of Gal Pal Week.
Lizz: I met Rachel in Professor Samet's Relativism, Absolutism, Pluralism class spring semester of Freshman Year. That part I'm certain we can agree upon. It was a seminar that was sort of about philosophy and sort of about writing. I spent a lot of time asking myself if the straight girl sitting next to me was flirting with me and when she was going to dump her long-distance boyfriend. Rachel sat across from us and was the smartest person in the class. She was also, quite clearly, the only person doing the reading.
Rachel had impossibly long hair that she brushed into waves but mostly wore pulled straight back in a bun. She looked like Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance. She wore a lot of olive T-shirts with flared jeans or long skirts with spag...
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