“But in that moment, I felt a sense of camaraderie.”

This guy in my class who I wasn’t really the biggest fan of, he’s like — he’s not like a popular kid, but he’s, like, edgy if you know what I mean. My friend group is more of the soft cinnamon rolls who are nice. Sometimes they can be preppy, but they’re usually very nice and they’re — be like — well, not like, popular. Like, they don’t act like a popular kid. They could be a popular kid, but they don’t act like popular kids. And so this guy was not at all in my like — what’s? — radar. This dude, I’ve probably said, like, five minutes worth of conversation to him in the past two years. And I’m pretty sure the five minutes were probably related to school. But anyway, so he wasn’t a friend. If anything I would call him a person I know from the hallway or something.

But he was yelling across — well, no. The girl next to him who was, who was my friend was talking — was yelling across the classroom to talk to a guy who was at my table who’s also a friend.  And she was like, “Do you know NewJeans?” That’s a K-Pop group. He was like, “What?” And so the guy who I’m not — who I’m not friends with yelled over the room, “NewJeans! You don’t know NewJeans?” And I was like, “Oh my gosh, I know NewJeans!” And he was like, “Yeah! You know NewJeans?” I’m like, “Yeah! What other groups do you listen to?” And he was like, “No, it’s just NewJeans.” 

But in that moment, I felt a sense of camaraderie, you know. I was like, yes, slay! ‘Cause I did not think that he liked K-pop.

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