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From Move-In to Commencement, Recent Grads' Friendship Helped Them Make the Most of UHart


Posted 05/27/2016
Posted by Meagan Fazio


Kelly Myers '16 (l) and Sarah Gambacorta '16 (r) met the moment they set foot on campus.

Kelly Myers '16 (l) and Sarah Gambacorta '16 (r) met the moment they set foot on campus.

Kelly and Sarah during their sophomore year.

Kelly and Sarah during their sophomore year.

Kelly and Sara during their junior year.

Kelly and Sara during their junior year.

Sarah and Kelly with Sarah's twin sister, Michelle, on Commencement Day.

Sarah and Kelly with Sarah's twin sister, Michelle, on Commencement Day.

“How am I going to make new friends?” It’s a question many new students face during the summer before starting college. Kelly Myers ’16 and Sara Gambacorta ’16 didn’t have to wait long for the answer. In a moment captured by a University of Hartford photographer (see right), they met after getting out of their cars in front of Hawk Hall during Move-In Weekend 2012.

“The picture shows the instant our dads pulled up outside our dorm,” Sara explains. “The car doors almost hit each other and we stepped onto Alumni Plaza at the exact same time.”

They soon realized that Sara’s twin sister, Michelle, was Kelly’s roommate. The three stuck together that weekend, eating at Commons and going to activities for first-year students. They hung out in Kelly and Michelle’s room, leaving the door open in hopes other students would drop by. Many did and they soon formed a group of friends that supported each other all the way up until graduation this May. Now what are these BFFs' words of advice for the University of Hartford Class of 2020?

“Get involved in as much as you can because you never know where it could lead or who you will meet,” says Kelly, who was the Concert and Comedy chair for the Campus Activities Team and a campus tour guide, known as Red Keys.

“The biggest thing that helped me make friends was doing all the activities Residential Life put together,” adds Sara. “Go to the club fairs and if you see something you like, just do it.” Sara was also a Red Key, a member of the UHart chapter of the Acoustical Society of America, and Student Government.

Post-graduation, Kelly and Michelle are going their separate ways. Kelly, who majored in performing arts management at the University’s The Hartt School, is heading home to Syracuse, N.Y. where she will pursue a Masters in Television, Radio, and Film at Syracuse University. Sara, who studied acoustical engineering and music in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture and The Hartt School, has a job as an acoustical engineer at Jaffee Holden in Norwalk, Conn.

Despite the distance, they expect to see each a lot. Whenever Sara drives from Norwalk to visit her family in Buffalo, N.Y., she has the perfect place to take a break. Kelly’s home in Syracuse is right on the way.
Kelly Myers '16 (l) and Sarah Gambacorta '16 (r) met the moment they set foot on campus.

Kelly Myers '16 (l) and Sarah Gambacorta '16 (r) met the moment they set foot on campus.

Kelly and Sarah during their sophomore year.

Kelly and Sarah during their sophomore year.

Kelly and Sara during their junior year.

Kelly and Sara during their junior year.

Sarah and Kelly with Sarah's twin sister, Michelle, on Commencement Day.

Sarah and Kelly with Sarah's twin sister, Michelle, on Commencement Day.