by Cristina Thorson

When formed correctly, the bonds of female friendship run deep, and are basically unbreakable. Many women know that these bonds are often formed through the exchange of advice. However, Amanda Playne (CAS ‘23) claims to have been experiencing a disconnect since she moved in with her friend, Meghan Preddy (CFA ‘23).  

“Something kind of just clicked in my head recently. It took a few occasions to understand what was happening. My ah-ha moment came after I was thrown in jail for flashing some guys while Meghan got free drinks for doing the same thing. I’ve finally realized that what works for Meghan doesn’t always work for me,” Playne said.

Playne recounted their move-in experience. The girls got a couch delivered, but Playne was the only person home. She recalled waiting for three hours with the couch, because she didn’t want it to be stolen.

“I called Meghan, and she told me to get a guy off the street to help. I did try, but I ended up being ignored,” Playne said. “Then Meghan came home, and she had a crew of guys off the street to help out within ten minutes. They actually offered to build the couch and our desks. Well, Meghan’s desk.”

At another point, Playne reportedly stated to Preddy that she felt a possible romantic interest “wasn’t paying enough attention to her.” 

Preddy, the widely-acknowledged pretty friend, responded by giving advice. “I usually use some of the other guys in my phone to make him jealous.” 

Playne did her best to do something along the lines of Preddy’s suggestion. After a futile search for another male, she ended up posting an Instagram story of herself kissing her male cousin on the cheek. The possible romantic interest reportedly slid up on the story and asked“y ur kissing ur cousin lol.” Playne answered “haha idk,” to which she received no response. 

Playne remembered another experience—a near-fateful drive home, and a car crash that landed both girls in the hospital. 

“I had to wait for a blood transplant, but when the nurse saw Meghan laying there, he actually volunteered to give his blood to her,” Playne said. “Meghan ended up making a quicker recovery than I did, and by my bedside, she told me to ‘stay strong and visualize myself getting better.’ This was before I got the transplant, so my memory is a little hazy.”  

Playne knows that Preddy tries her best. She doesn’t fault her friend for her blind spots, and she appreciates her advice. Even if it doesn’t always work.

“She’s just doing what she knows. I guess I can’t get too upset,” Playne said. “It’s kind of like how, when she fails all her calc tests, I just tell her to study harder. I can’t help that I’m a good test taker. It’s just in my genes.” 

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