Andrew Friedman, Kendra Hawes and Brandon Lineback sat together toward the back of Bondurant Auditorium Monday night, chatting like they had known each other for years.
But, unbeknownst to passersby, the incoming Radford University freshmen had met just moments before.
The new friendship formed when Kendra got lost on her way to the auditorium, where hundreds of people were gathering to watch the Quest Assistants (QAs) perform a play, one of many activities RU's orientation program offers students and parents.
Then came to the rescue Brandon and Andrew, who guided Kendra in the right direction, and together, the trio watched the curtain rise.
The play, titled "Scenes from a Freshman Year," brought humor to situations students might encounter during their time at RU. In one skit, an unlikely pair of roommates found compromise and formed a longtime friendship. In another, a student was reminded of the consequences one might face if emails go unchecked – frustrated professors, parents and romantic partners.
Tougher topics, such as alcohol abuse, were also addressed.