April 26, 2022

MSM Admissions Blog: Meet roommates Maci Terry (BM ’24) and Meredith Heller (BM ’24)

Musical Theatre students Maci Terry (BM ’24) from Washington, Utah, and Meredith Heller (BM ’24) from Pelham, New York, share with us how they met and what they love about being roommates.

How did you two meet?

Maci: In our Freshman year, we lived on the same floor and would often run into each other in the bathroom. One week, an order I had made for some things I needed for my dorm was delayed. And so I texted one of the MSM group chats we have asking if anyone could loan me some toiletries I needed – and Meredith offered to give me some. After that, we kept on running into each other, which led to us then hanging out in each others’ rooms, and having classes on Zoom together!

Tell us what it’s like being roommates, what do you like best about it?

Meredith: It is really nice to live with someone who I’m comfortable enough with that I’m able to spend basically most of my time with. We have more relaxed times where we just sit on our beds and scroll on our phones, and we also have fun conversations that are always entertaining.

I like that I always have someone there to talk to no matter what. Whether it is a deep conversation or a silly one, I know Maci will always be there to listen to me, and speak with me.

Maci: It is so fun to be roommates with someone who I didn’t know super well, because we are constantly having interesting conversations about random topics and learning more and more about each other.

I like having someone to hang out with all the time. We make cheese boards together in our room which is a lot of fun!

What do you enjoy most about living in Andersen Hall?

Meredith: The best thing about living in Andersen Hall is the close proximity we have to all of our friends. It’s really easy for all of us to get together and hang out. It is also very convenient because we are so close to the cafeteria and the main building so it doesn’t take long to get to classes.

“The best thing about living in Andersen Hall is the close proximity we have to all of our friends. It’s really easy for all of us to get together and hang out. It is also very convenient because we are so close to the cafeteria and the main building so it doesn’t take long to get to classes.”

Do you have a favorite club, campus activity, or tradition?

Maci: MSM’s a cappella group, The Manhattan Sound, is a great club because it is run by some of our colleagues. One of our favorite traditions is going to Trader Joe’s to get groceries to make cheese boards in our room.

You are studying in the same program – how has this affected your experiences as artists? Are you planning any collaborations with each other?

Meredith: Being in the same major has been really beneficial because it’s nice to always have someone there who is doing the same work and experiencing the same classes as I am. If I have a question about class or work, I can always just ask Maci, and we can figure it out together.

Maci: Being in the same major has been helpful because we can help each other with our work load, and we can work together when we need to complete assignments. I think we are constantly collaborating on different projects without even really trying.

Tell us about your room. What do you like about it?

Meredith: Our room is very spacious and just a calming environment to be in. We put a lot of work into arranging it and decorating it in a way that makes it an enjoyable space to be in.

Maci: Our room is perfect! It has an amazing view. There’s plenty of room, and there is space so we are always able to have our friends in our room and hang out and play games on the floor!

Where are your favorite spots around the city to visit?

Meredith: Some of our favorite spots around the city are Outro (a cute little coffee shop uptown), The Strand (a famous bookstore), Bibble and Sip (a bakery near Times Square) and The Prince Tea House (a cute tea place).

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Maci: We are most looking forward to the upcoming musical theatre productions and being involved in Alpha Psi Omega’s spring projects.

What are your aspirations in life and goals after graduating MSM?

Meredith: After graduating MSM, my goal would be to perform. Whether that would be on Broadway, Off-Broadway, tours or regional theatre – that’s what I would want to do. I also could see myself working with kids in theatre and exploring aspects of teaching. Either way I want to be involved in theatre, whether that be on stage or in the making of it.

Maci: My goal is also to perform! I would love to be on Broadway; national tours and performing on cruise ships are other aspirations. I also have a big interest in choreography, so building my reputation in that part of the business is another goal of mine. I can also see myself teaching dance classes at local dance studios. No matter what, I always want performing to be a part of my life.

Our room is perfect! It has an amazing view. There’s plenty of room, and there is space so we are always able to have our friends in our room and hang out and play games on the floor!

MSM Musical Theatre major

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