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Can You Pick Your Actual BFF?
Wow! This kid could be the one. You think maybe you’ve found your best friend for life. They’re super down-to-earth, funny, friendly, and really there for you on your first day in a new place. Then one day, they’re gone. You see, their dad is in the military and was transferred to a different base in Texas, leaving you friendless. Guess you’ll need to start all over again?
Whoops! You did the thing everyone dreads doing on the first day, and you made friends with the nerd. And now you’re a nerd too, until you either change schools or graduate! It’s not all bad, though. Nerds are pretty chill, and you’ll probably get into a great college someday.
She’s a nice enough kid with a ton of potential. We’re talking real best friend potential here. Except you never see her. She’s got track after school, then viola lessons after that, then she’s got karate in the evenings, and then art classes. Oh, and she spends weekends at her dad’s house. Good luck!
Sure, he’ll seem cool at first. You’ll get along and crack each other up. But before long, his jokes will get a little less funny and a little more mean. Then before you know it, they’re directed at you. Suddenly you dread running into him, and instead of a BFF, you’ve got a lifelong enemy.
See that kid right there? That kid is the chillest dude you’ll ever meet in your life. You really lucked out, because there were a lot of kids you could have sat down next to and talked to on the first day, and you chose the only one who will stick with you through it all. (Until you move away for college and lose touch, that is.)
You’re just another brick in the wall for this girl. Sure, she’s chill. She’ll be a good friend for a long time. Reliable, fun, someone you can spend time with. But it’s a one-way street. She’s got best friends all over school, and you’re just another face in the crowd for her. Do you really want a BFF who only considers you an F?
Seems like a nice enough dude. He’s way into sports, but that’s cool. You don’t mind biking around town or kicking a ball around. And then one day you’re hanging out right after lunch, and you smell something REAL funky. Oh no! it’s your new best friend! He’s the smelly kid! How did you never notice before now?!
Damn. You messed up. She seemed like a nice enough kid. Maybe a bit of a know-it-all, but that’s OK. But then one day as class was winding down, there was a tension in the air because everyone had started to realize that you were all going to make it out of there without a homework assignment. The excitement was palpable. And then your new BFF’s hand shot up and you heard her say, “Excuse me, Mr. Cooper, you forgot to assign homework!” and you realize how big a mistake you’ve made.
It happens to the best of us. You sat down and struck up a conversation, and she seemed a little standoffish, but opened up a little. But then she started saying some pretty mean stuff about some of your classmates, and then she showed you her burn book, and then she started policing your outfits, and oh no — you’re a mean girl now! Damn. You’ll have to try again.