Self dubbed the best, best-friend couple on campus, Vincent Gerard Siergerink ’14 and June Ban ’14 reminisce on the memories they’ve made together since meeting during orientation, from co-chairing Macalester Development Group to translating mishaps in Guatemala.
Vincent Gerard Siegerink: I’m salty that we weren’t in The Mac Weekly Best Friend Off. We definitely would have won.
Why do you say that?
VS: I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re the best, best-friend couple.
June Ban: We should have at least been in the competition.
I wasn’t part of the staff last semester, so I had no part in that.
JB: Well we should have won, because we are the winners on campus.
That’s why you’re getting an interview by yourselves right now.
JB: True. All the special attention.
How did you guys meet?
VS: We met on Facebook.
JB: A few days before orientation, this random guy added me on Facebook. Then he sent me a really formal message “Hi, we’re in the same FYC. I’m so excited to meet you, yada yada”
VS: And from there we were sending constant messages “OMG are you as excited about classes as I am?” We were such freshmen then. We were very serious.
What’s your favorite memory of the each other?
VS: After June came back from study abroad, we would have these great sessions of just the two of us sitting on the porch of my house, drinking beer, smoking a cigarette and listening to music that we both like. We’d sit out there and it’d be really cold. We’d just talk about life and whatnot. Maybe that only happened two or three times but it was good.
JB: Knowing that you don’t have to talk is also good. Silence doesn’t have to be awkward because we’re really comfortable with each other.
What have you learned about each other over the years?
VS: I know a lot about June and her relationship with her parents. Remember that time you said, “What do you even know about me?” and then I wrote down the whole situation of your life and then you were like “Wow, yeah. That’s actually true.”
JB: I don’t remember what you wrote, but it was pretty accurate.
VS: She cooked Korean food the other day for the first time. It was spicy, but delicious.
JB: The Korean way. I know all about the Dutch customs. I actually hung out with his mom and sister twice without him. It was really sweet. They visited me in the city I was studying abroad in, and then I visited them. I also visited his family while he was there.
How was that?
JB: It was great. I was sad that I was only there for three days.
VS: We’d make jokes that my family had four children and we’d ask people to guess which one of us was adopted.
JB: Yeah I stood out a lot there. Height. Color.
VS: June knows so much about me. She’s met all my family, my parents, siblings, my grandparents. I think my grandpa kept mispronouncing Seoul. He’d be like “Hey, June. How’s life in See-oo-ul?” and then June would respond “Well Seoul is pretty nice.”
Vincent, do you have any plans to go to South Korea?
JB: No he doesn’t.
VS: Of course I do!
JB: If he wanted to go, he would have planned it by now. I know him.
VS: Money doesn’t grow on my back. I mean, once we launch our Macathong app and I’m a billionaire, I’ll do it.
JB: Oh I want to say this publicly. I get to share one percent of his profits for coming up with the name of the app.
How has your friendship impacted your Mac experiences?
JB: I’m more interested in development because of our experience. We kind of started becoming better friends co-chairing Mac Development Group together sophomore year.
VS: Well June has affected me in that I always felt like I have a friend. It’s just nice to know that there’s always someone to fall back on.
JB: He’s my best friend. Period. We had a great sophomore year because we got to spend a lot of time together. Apparently people thought we were dating though, but I didn’t really get that.
VS: People would go “Are you… and June?” and then awkwardly point, and I’d say, “No, no, no…”
If you could describe the other person in three words, what would they be?
VS: There are three things that June likes: Dogs, J Crew (especially stripes), and me.
Is that true, June?
JB: Except for the last one. I’d say it’s a vanilla latte.
VS: Vincent, vanilla latte.
JB: Hmm, Vincent’s not an easy person to summarize in three words. I don’t want to be shallow but shoes—he breaks his shoes every two minutes. Pants—his favorite pants are grey. Meat—he has to eat meat at every meal, otherwise he gets hungry too quickly.
VS: I really don’t know how we managed to stay friends for so long because dogs are June’s number one love, and I kinda hate dogs.
JB: Yeah I don’t get why I’m friends with him either.
Why do you hate dogs?
VS: I just don’t like it when a dog just comes running at you and asks for your attention even if you don’t want to give it.
JB: That’s the best thing about a dog! I’ve told multiple people that the one way of judging a person is by asking if they’re a dog person or not. If they don’t like dogs, well then I don’t interact with them. But somehow I became friends with Vincent before I got a chance to ask him that question. Tragic.
Do you have a dog?
JB: I do. 14.
JB: No! He’s 14 years old. But I’d love to have 14 dogs.
Do you have any pets, Vincent?
JB: He has a bird, Walter.
VS: Charlie! He’s a parrot.
JB: Yeah, a pretty green bird. He can’t talk though.
VS: He can! He says “Come on Charlie,” but in Dutch. That’s why you don’t understand him. He doesn’t speak English.
You guys have been known to travel together a lot. Where have you gone?
VS: Our first trip together was to Guatemala for spring break. It was one of the best experiences and just nice to leave the cold. I think the trip took like 36 hours just travelling. I feel like if you go through 36 hours of nonstop travelling with someone, then you know that you’re compatible.
Were you ever annoyed with one another while travelling?
VS: Can we just talk about all the annoying things about the other person?
JB: This is not fair. Vincent has a lot of things to say, but I tolerate everything.
VS: Should I just start?
JB: Ugh, I’m ready.
VS: Well there is one thing. I was hoping that when we went to Guatemala, June would be able to translate for me since she’s actually taken Spanish, but instead, I think my Spanish was better than hers.
JB: David, we took Spanish together and you know how much we learned in that class.
VS: This one time, a man approached us and was complaining about something. June thought he said, “I’m really tired” and she said, “Oh just take a siesta, you’ll feel better.”
JB: Then he was like “Uhh… what?” and just walked away.
VS: And she ALWAYS says sorry. Even if you were the one to do something wrong.
JB: It’s kinda like saying “My bad.”
VS: Yeah, except that it’s not.
JB: Well in a nicer way. I’m a nicer person.
VS: Yeah, you’re too nice.
JB: Well I’ll take that as a compliment! You see, for the past five minutes you’ve complained about me but I haven’t complained about you?
VS: I mean, you can complain but there’s nothing to complain about.
JB: Dammit, I need to come up with something!
VS: June is really angry at me because one time, when June was being annoying I unfriended her on Facebook.
JB: Not once, but twice.
VS: Okay fine, twice. But I unfriended her because she kept saying sorry! So I was like ok, she needs to learn that this is not okay.
JB: Yeah, but once was enough. You know how you can see your friendship history on Facebook? Now it’s all gone! It’s so annoying.
VS: I’m sorry.
JB: Yeah, you should be.
VS: See, I learned. June taught me to say sorry.
JB: Yeah, but I don’t know if he actually means it.
VS: I mean it.