On the first night of New Resident Orientation last September, three new juniors found themselves talking about their families. Despite hailing from different corners of the world, they quickly realized they share a common denominator: All three have brothers who are about to or have recently graduated from Hun.
“Because we were all juniors, we were sitting together at orientation and started talking, and when we found that out we were like, ‘What a coincidence!’” said Marie-Ève Hébert ’20, whose brother Guillaume graduated from Hun in 2018.
Her friends are Anastasiia Zubyk ’20, whose brother Max graduates in 2019, and Natalija Stojanovic ’20, whose brother Lazar graduated in 2017.
Each of the girls said her decision to attend Hun was cemented by her brother’s positive experience at the school.
“For me, I think there was no other choice than Hun. I wanted to come to the United States, and after talking to my brother, there was no need to go visit another school,” Anastasiia, from Ukraine, said.
For Natalija, Hun’s convenient location was an added bonus to its reputation.
“My brother is in school in New York, so it was the best idea to come here because we are very close to each other. I see him often,” she said. Her parents, who live in Cyprus, are glad the siblings can keep a close bond with each other so far from home.
Despite their different cultures and life experiences, the girls have formed the kind of close-knit bond that comes from living together. Natalija and Anastasiia have joined Hun’s rowing team, and Marie-Ève is a swimmer who placed first for the 200 Freestyle in this year’s Mercer County Tournament.
When they’re not busy studying or practicing, they like to explore the nearby area, especially downtown Princeton.
“We walk a lot, we just go out with our other friends and explore places. Especially when it’s warm,” Anastasiia said.
They also enjoy sharing their cultures with one another. After a recent trip to the Russian market, the trio joined other boarding students to make pelmenis, a meat-filled dumpling. During a visit to campus, Marie-Eve’s parents brought tins of maple syrup from their home in Quebec for all the girls to enjoy. And Anastasiia, a native Ukrainian speaker, gets the opportunity to practice her French language skills on Marie-Eve.
“We help each other out a lot,” Natalija said.
And even though they haven’t decided on where they want to attend college or what exactly they want to study, one thing is sure: They won’t let a little distance get in the way of their friendship.