In 2016, Trey Phillips set off for his freshman year at Connecticut College. Itching for independence, he moved cross-country from his hometown of Los Angeles, California.

Trey’s roommate, Andre Thomas, ventured away from his home state of Illinois.  

The freshmen had emailed over the summer, but neither knew the impact they would have on each other in the coming year. 

Trey and Andre came to StoryCorps to reflect on that time, and all they’ve learned from one another.

Top Photo: Trey Phillips and Andre Thomas at their StoryCorps interview in New London, CT on January 21, 2018. By Aisha Turner for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired October 6, 2023 on NPR’s Morning Edition.