Taylor Schenk from Hartford, Wis. and Matt Schramm from
Franklin, Wis. have lived together for eight continuous semesters while
attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The two, now-seniors, met at their freshmen orientation
in the summer of 2009. Schenk decided to attend UWSP because of his desire to
study Natural Resources, while Schramm choose UWSP for its pre-physical therapy
degree. Although their reason to attend Point was different, the school helped
cultivate a friendship worthy of applause.
At the time, neither of the nervous freshmen had
roommates, and when their guide asked the group to find a partner, the two
turned towards one another.
“We happened to be standing next to each other and we
introduced ourselves,” Schramm said.
After spending the day together, Schenk decided Schramm
“seemed like a decent guy,” and Schramm figured Schenk wasn’t “crazy or
anything.” They filled out their roommate forms that day.
What happened next surprised both individuals. Their
almost-random room assignment turned into a lasting relationship.
When they moved onto the first floor of Watson, they
got to know one another pretty quickly.
Schramm admits he was a little nervous when first
moving in but makes it seem like it was love at first sight. Even with the
little time the two had spent together Schramm said, “I didn’t feel like he was
much of a stranger.”
Schenk mirrors that idea and said, “We both have almost
the exact same traits, except I can hunt and cook better. It’s almost like we
are twins, it’s scary how much our minds think alike sometimes.”
The two both enjoy the outdoors, guns, hunting, and
fishing. Schenk encouraged Schramm to change his major to Natural Resources
which allowed them to walk to and from classes together. Anyone that knows them
would notice how similar their personalities and laid-back attitudes are.
“We can relate to each other a lot. From similar
interests to types of family, we have a lot in common,” Schramm said.
One could say their personality’s just, click. Schramm
says they learned to trust one another pretty quickly which is what made them
such good friends. He described an event that happened in their dorm room
“He [Schenk] loves to throw knives at cardboard, pizza
boxes or packages from home, etc. He would always ask me to hold up the
‘target,’ and one day I caved in just so he’d stop asking me to do it.
Thankfully it was a thick cardboard box,” Schramm said.
Four years later the two pair up to pull pranks on
their other roommates and resort to playing Russian roulette with a Nerf gun to
solve any arguments that may arise.
Their favorite meal to cook together is a nacho supreme
dinner. Although delicious, Schramm is disgusted by the “horrendous smell”
Schenk can sometimes produce, and tends to monitor his diet.
As Schramm deals with Schenk’s odors, Schenk has
learned to do the dishes Schramm never does.
Both individuals have a few odd habits, but they both
accept one another and their faults.
Schramm admits to asking Schenk to be his roommate at
freshmen orientation and believes he is the male in the relationship.
“I’m older, more experienced in the ways of the world,
and I’m more of a man,” Schramm said.
They argue like a married couple because Schenk
believes that Schramm would be lost without him and Schenk said, “I’m more
manly and a better hunter and cook.”
Whether Schramm or Schenk is considered to be the man
in the relationship depends on who you talk to. Regardless the roommates spend
a lot of time together.
“We have created a lot of memories here at UW-SP to say
the least,” Schenk said.
The memories will not be forgotten as the pair comes to
acknowledge their time spent as roommates will soon come to an end. They will
be living together for the Fall 2013 semester, but plan to graduate in December
and haven’t made any living arrangements after that.
Regardless of living situations and no matter where
life takes them after graduation, Schramm said, “we will be lifelong friends.”
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