As paraphrased from my unintentional eavesdropping on a very loud conversation on an otherwise quiet bus to UBC at 7am. Originally written on October 20, 2006.
"Yeah, and like, if I don't get in, like, I can just like, suck it up, and go into arts."
"You know, you don't need to do chemistry this year, you can do it next year."
"Well, you see, I need to do really well in this course because, like, I want to get really high marks, because I really need to get in."
"Yeah, well you know Steven? He's going into medical school because he's super smart, but like, he doesn't want to go, he's like, only going because, like, his parents want him to be a doctor."
"Ugh, I hate that, like, that's totally not fair! If you don't have like, the passion for it, like, you shouldn't be allowed to even get in. I don't care! It's like, sorry! Go do something else!"
"Like, you must have people skills for it. And like, I totally have the people skills. But he like, doesn't have the people skills. I told him, 'But you need people skills for that! You don't have people skills!'"
"Yes, you need people skills."
"Yeah, and like, you know, I totally have people skills. And like, I've been talking to my doctor, oh, she's so sweet! She's going to write me a letter saying that she's known me for so many years, and she sees how good I can be. And like, I think I can get my aunt to like, write me a good recommendation. Like, I know it's kind of bad, but she has connections, I think I can get in, because, like, my aunt knows a lot of people, so like, I think she can put in a good word for me. I know it's kind of shifty, but hey, it helps right? She's totally connected. She can say that I'm really good."
"And like, I'm hoping to get into physiotherapy, even though I don't really like it, but like... I know that sounds really stupid! But like... when I told my dad I was thinking of going to McGill, he said he'd have to take out a second mortgage just to pay for everything!"
"Hahaha... yeah. Well, Spencer just laughs at my student loan. But wait though, isn't McGill French?"
"No, It's English."
"No, it's French!"
"No, it's English. University of Montreal is French."
"No, but McGill's French! It's in MONTREAL!!!"
"Yeah, but it's an English school."
"No way!!!! But it's Quebec!!! Quebec HATES English!"
"Yeah but it's an English school! Have you been to Montreal?"
"Well... yeah! It was on New Year's Eve, and I was wasted!!! It was fun. But isn't that like, the Harvard of Canada?"
"Well, not really."