INDIANA—While home on winter break, Boston University freshman Allie Hayes couldn’t wait to take a visit to her hometown coffee shop. “I go to school in Boston,” Allie said unprovoked to the barista, just loud enough to alert every other uninterested guest in the vicinity.
Donning a Red Sox cap and an unbranded “Boston” sweatshirt under her jacket, Allie continued. “My finals were so tough, but that’s expected at a school like mine. You know, one in Boston.”
“Which school is it?” entertained the barista.
“Oh, I doubt you’ve heard of it. It’s a small prestigious school right by the Charles River. We’re in the Beanpot hockey tournament and our school’s main color is a shade of red. Not Northeastern.”
To Allie’s relief, the barista did not inquire further