Total Strangers in a Writing Class Realize Their Pasts are Bizarrely Connected

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College is not only a time of learning, it’s also a time of discovering more about yourself. You learn about your passions, interests, and who you are as a person. But for two girls at Columbia University in 2013, they would learn far more about themselves than they could have ever expected.

Katy Olson and Lizzie Valverde grew up in two different parts of the United States, but through a twist of random coincidence, ended up at the same university at the exact same time. Taking it further, they are enrolled in the exact same writing class. But how are they connected?