In life, it helps to have a roommate that can sympathize with your greatest needs.
It doesn’t seem to work any other way.
Take these common roommate mishaps, for example.
You’re out partying all night; they’re at home studying for their biology test next week.
You’re trying to get to sleep for work the next morning; they’re playing reggae way too loud in the next room.
Luckily, ASU student-athletes Kaitlin Cochran (softball) and Erin Hobbs (diving) don’t have those problems.
Roommates since the beginning of last year, Cochran and Hobbs have used their passion of sport to help develop an atmosphere that synthesizes understanding and friendship.
“It helps a lot,” Hobbs said of living with another student-athlete. “We’re not always on the same schedule, but we both have the same goals. We’re juggling school and a lot of practices and stuff, so it’s good to have someone that’s kind of on your same level.”
It didn’t take long for the two to become roommates.
In the summer of 2007, Cochran was looking for someone to live with. With the help of her mother and the ASU athletics department, Cochran set up a meeting with Hobbs.
She made the drive from her home in Southern California to Tempe and the two met. They hit it off instantly and haven’t looked back.
“I think someone who’s not an athlete can’t really appreciate what we have to do everyday,” Cochran said. “That support and that understanding [have] helped us a lot.”
This isn’t the first time Cochran or Hobbs has lived with another ASU student-athlete.
Freshman year, Cochran lived in Sonora Hall before moving in with former ASU softball player Jackie Vasquez her sophomore year.
Hobbs followed a similar beat, living in Palo Verde East before moving in with swimmer Ilene Lesch.
Both said they prefer living with student-athletes who are not in their respective sports.
“It’s nice to have that outlet,” Cochran said. “Rooming with other people who are in your sport or who share the same position as you — it’s kind of hard because then you don’t have that outlet, you can’t just speak freely.”
“There have been times when I come home and can just vent to Katie,” she said. “There’s a good understanding too. It’s a good balance since she understands.”
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