Seniors Phil Monahan and Rebecca Primack met in Hayden their freshman year and hung out regularly until the following Spring semester.
“We lived in different dorms sophomore year and didn’t see each other often. I guess we grew apart. I’ve never really thought about it–we were never really super close anyway,” explains Monahan. Although the two are not exactly friends anymore, there’s no animosity between them.
In fact, Primack articulates that she’s always pleasantly surprised when she runs into Monahan.
“I probably see him on campus once or twice a month,” says Primack, “I always wave hello.”
“If we have time, we’ll do the stop-and-chat,” Monahan adds. “Usually the interaction ends with one of us saying, ‘We should get brunch sometime!’”
Yet despite the other’s enthusiastic “Definitely!” neither student has ever made an effort to follow up with the plans. After three years of empty promises and half-assed attempts at friendship, the two have still to hang out. Have their paths irrevocably strayed? Are they both just too busy with their day-to-day lives? Or are their brunch invitations wrought with insincerity and politely feigned interest in the other’s wellbeing?
“I don’t know,” shrugs Primack, “It’s not that big of a deal. Chill.”