“Reunited and it feels so good.”
That’s the tune surrounding one seriously crazy story and real-life “Parent Trap” moment of two long-lost best friends whose daughters unknowingly became college roommates.
Roaya Jannatipour just started her sophomore year at the University of California, Berkeley.
Last fall, Roaya’s friend from high school called and told her about a girl she’d met at summer camp who was also a freshman attending Cal. Her name was Nissma Bencheikh, and Roaya’s friend thought the two girls would get along well.
“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 explained.
After meeting up for the first time, it wasn’t long before Roaya and Nissma were inseparable. Both girls were Moroccan and born in Canada. They had so much in common, it was unbelievable, and the two became such great friends that they decided to room together for sophomore year.
While moving into their new digs, the girls introduced Nissma’s dad to Roaya’s mom via FaceTime.
After hanging up the call, Nissma’s dad asked Roaya what her mom’s name was. When she told him, he exclaimed, “I knew it!”
Roaya says at that point she was “very confused.”