Emma Fritschel, 25, and Evelyn Wang, 23, met on the first day of their freshman year as roommates almost six years ago and have been inseparable ever since. But then the COVID-19 pandemic strained their relationship in ways they had never before experienced. "Things were really tense between us for reasons that we both kind of came up with in our heads," Wang says. At the heart of it, they were both struggling with communication. Brought together by a similar interest in visual art and fashion, they experienced many traditional milestones together, including graduation from college and beginning their professional careers. Wang and Fritschel live in New York City and Cambridge, Mass., respectively. After graduation, they made a habit of visiting each...
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Young People Struggle To Keep Friends Close As Pandemic Pulls Them Apart