Kısmet is the Turkish word for "fate" or "destiny". It is used in Turkish in much the same way as in English and can be said when something goes right or wrong. "It's fate!"
When I consider my current living situation, I am tempted to call it fate. I live with two Fulbright scholars and a graduate of Oxford; two of whom I had never met before I moved here. My roommates are so smart, it's insane. When I graduated from Princeton I was completely ready to get away from smart people; my brain hurt from trying to keep up. Somehow I ended up still surrounded by brainiacs.
In a nutshell, Abby and I went to Princeton together and knew each other tangentially. She received a Fulbright and got to know Niko, another Fulbrighter. THEN, Chris joined the team because Abby had taken a class three years ago with one of Chris' friends who then introduced him to us. Abby is our glue.
I'll let them all tell you their individual stories but I can't help but think it's fate that I'm living with three roommates whose passions are so different yet pursued with the same fervor. It really is remarkable.
Now that I've thought of this great idea, I'm going to try to convince them to let me write a blog post about each one individually. Stay tuned.