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“We’re Totally Grabbing Lunch Over Break,” Say High School Friends Who Will Definitely Not Be Grabbing Lunch Over Break

“We’re Totally Grabbing Lunch Over Break,” Say High School Friends Who Will Definitely Not Be Grabbing Lunch Over Break

HolidaysStudent Life November 23, 2021 The New England Classic

NEEDHAM, MA  — As BC students flock home for Thanksgiving, the impending doom of being forced to reunite with highschool acquaintances has led many to... “We’re Totally Grabbing Lunch Over Break,” Say High School Friends Who Will Definitely Not Be Grabbing Lunch Over Break

NEEDHAM, MA  — As BC students flock home for Thanksgiving, the impending doom of being forced to reunite with highschool acquaintances has led many to adopt tactics of negotiation and diplomacy. 

Anita Brake (MCAS ‘25), excitedly posted an obligatory “Goodbye Chestnut Hill, hello Needham” boomerang on her story to commemorate her long-awaited return home. Moments later, Brake received a DM from highschool friend Scarlett Flaggs (UMass Amherst ‘25), which said: “OMG I just got back last night, we should def hang!!! :)” 

“I was totally blindsided,” Brake told The Classic. “I guess Scarlett and I were kinda close sophomore year, but I always saw her as the fringe friend. The only reason why I kept her on my Close Friends list throughout highschool was because she has this awesome indoor-outdoor pool. I absolutely do not want to get lunch with her though.” 

Brake chose to take a strategic approach in handling the situation: “I want to major in International Studies, and this is basically that. I haven’t actually taken any classes for the major yet, but like how different can they be? I’m pretty sure all I have to do is exercise tact, caution, and the deliberate application of words in order to avoid either of us agreeing to something we’ll later regret.”  

After hours of deliberation, Anita put forth her carefully articulated response via DM: “omg yess girly ofc! we have to grab lunch or something<3.” 

“I feel I handled the situation pretty well,” said Brake. “I’m happy that my painstakingly crafted response put the ball right back into her court.” 

In a follow-up interview with The Classic, Brake provided a much needed update on the situation. When asked if she had to make plans with Flagg for an hour-and-a-half of purely superficial conversation in the booth of their local Panera Bread, she seemed confused.

“What do you mean ‘had to?’ I actually love Scarlett sooo much, I’m literally just so busy and will have to check to see if there’s even a day I’m available. Also, I have to be sure that my mom can let me use the car. She usually needs it to get to yoga:(.” 

While it is unclear how Brake managed to say “:(“ out loud, we at The Classic wish her and any other strategy masters the best of luck in their hometown-break endeavors.