Teens Become Best Friends In College. 1 Year Later, Discover Stunning Truth About Their Past
Joshua Patton 9/28/2017
Nissma Bencheikh and Roaya Jannatipour immediately hit it off when they both arrived at the University of California, but it took them a year to realize they had an unbelievable connection.
Nissma and Roaya are pre-med students who were excited to start their journey towards becoming doctors. However, they realized they had a lot more in common than just their majors. They were both Moroccan in heritage, both originally from Canada, and enjoyed each other's company.
After their freshman year, they decided to live together in a small apartment just off campus. While they were moving in, Roaya got a video-call from her mother. They talked briefly in the other room, and then she brought the phone to Nissma's dad, who was there helping, so they could meet.
As their two parents talked, they knew something was happening but they never could have guessed what it was. It turns out their mothers were longtime friends who hadn't seen each other in more than a decade!
Nissma's mother, Naima Souissi, and Roaya's mother, Saida Chehbouni, were extremely close when both of them lived in Montreal, Canada. Saida, Roaya, and their family moved to Irvine, California. Then, Naima, Missma, and their family ended up immigrating to North Carolina. It was near the turn of the century, so social media and cell phones were nowhere near as prevalent as they are today.
However, before they moved, the two women were as close as sisters. Like their daughters, they attended college classes together. They were both pregnant at the same time. In fact, even though Nissma and Roaya thought they met at the University of California, they met before. There were even old baby photographs to prove it.
The two women were delighted at the twist of fate that brought their two daughters together at the same school studying the same thing. Yet, their only connection was through their children. Neither Naima or Saida were able to get together, because they were still separated by 2,000 miles.
At least, they weren't until Good Morning America got involved and invited the girls and their mothers to New York City for a surprise reunion!
It's never stated what the moms were told about why GMA flew them and their daughters out to the Big Apple. Still, both girls were eager to spring this surprise reunion on their parents. Recognizing how close they became in just a year, they knew their mothers' friendship would rekindle immediately. They were right.
When Naima and Saida saw each other, they both shouted and teared up. They embraced.
This story is one that defies all logic and probability. There are more than 1,400 four-year colleges in the United States hosting some 16 million students. The odds of these two meeting are infinitesimal.
For the two young women, theirs is a friendship that began before they can remember and will likely live on until their old age. For their mothers, it represents how a friendship seemingly lost was never really lost at all.